// Injuries

// injury assessment

When you come in with a new injury or condition, a full assessment of the injury presented is carried out. The affected and additional areas potentially contributing to the injury are treated, and rehabilitation exercises are then approached with you, according to the plan worked out for your full recovery. 

During the assessment, an in-depth history will be taken and completion a series of necessary tests will help to form a working diagnosis of your pain or injury.

A postural assessment will evaluate whether biomechanical imbalances are influencing your pain, for example if you are experiencing pain in your hip, this may be coming from an imbalance in your foot.

// injury rehabilitation

It is important to remember that each injury is different and should be treated individually. Recovery may also not be linear, and is is common for the process to go through a series of improvements and minor relapses.

 

// injury phases

 

Acute (Inflammatory) Phase - 

0-72 hours post injury

This is the earliest phase of your injury and you may experience pain, bleeding, heat and swelling at the injured site as the injury is usually at its worst. This is because the body is trying to protect the injury from further damage. 

Proliferation/repair Phase - 

72 hours - 3 weeks post injury

The body now transitions from protection to repairing the injured tissues. New collagen fibres (type 3 collagen) are being laid down at the injured site in an un-organised fashion to replace the damaged tissue.

Remodelling/maturation Phase - 

after 3 weeks - 1 year post injury

The Collagen used to repair the injury is unfortunately not as flexible as our original tissue. It is a much stiffer, weaker type of connective tissue that does not fit exactly to the injury. This is where we need to apply the appropriate stress to the site in order to make the new fibres as strong and flexible as possible. This process done correctly will reduce the risk of re-injury in the future.

Rehabilitation is the process that all injuries need to go through in order to return to full function.

Its not just athletes that need to return to sport fully recovered, but also everyday people that need to return to their normal daily activities in the shortest possible time.

// kinesiology tape

A recovery aid that has a range of therapeutic benefits. It is highly breathable and can remain in place from 3-5 days. During this time the tape can help accelerate the healing process from traumatic injuries, acute and chronic injuries and pain, and inflammatory conditions. This type of taping is usually used in conjunction with other therapeutic modalities but can also be used on its own during the rehabilitation process.

// the science

This taping method gently lifts the layer of skin and attached connective tissue covering an injured muscle, so that blood and other fluids such as lymph can move more freely in and around the injured areas.

Without the tape there is pain and pressure on the receptors, and blood and lymph fluid is trapped under the skin. With the tape the top layer causes convolutions and lifts the skin. Pain and pressure is reduced, and blood and lymph fluid is dispersed.

// works to

 

Reduce the sensation of pain


Promote circulation assisting in the reduction of any swelling or bruising and enhancing the blood flow to the injured muscle


Improves the proprioceptive feedback to the area which assists in the guiding and retraining of the muscles that maintain the correct posture and alignment

 
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