Marie Cartwright: Sports Therapist and Coach

Why Sports Therapy? What are the Techniques?

We recognise that there are many components to injury, whether it be repetitive strain, overuse, biomechanical, functional, or anatomical or indeed the whole aspect of injury prevention. We target the cause of symptoms in order to eliminate the cause of injury instead of using the ‘take a pill’ approach.

By empowering our clients with knowledge and the tools to recovery, we have achieved a consistent success rate to the point of producing elite champions.

By teaching the client the cause of their injury, the aggravating factors of their injury, and the types of biomechanical compensations that occur as a result, the client is empowered to play an active role in their recovery because they understand what is going on with their bodies.

Muscle Rehabilitation

Almost every one of us suffers from muscular imbalances. These are easily found by checking the way our joints move. Where there is limited joint motion, this indicates that some muscles are tight, which can increases the strain on your joints, and if not already, sooner or later you are likely to suffer from the following:

  • Muscular Pain
  • Sports & Exercise Injuries
  • Back Problems
  • Joint Pain
  • Faulty Biomechanics
  • Postural Aches & Pains
  • Foot and ankle injuries/problems
  • Knee and hip injuries/problems
  • Shoulder and elbow injuries/problems

 

Improving or solving these conditions can be possible through massotherapy, manipulation and stretching. This combination of practices will help alleviate the muscle tightness, but also restore the lack of neurological communication between the muscles and the central nervous system and correct any muscle imbalance.

Prehabilitation

Prehabilitation is a way to prevent injuries before their actual occurrence. This is done through a range of methods including strengthening, flexibility exercises and massage. Since shoulder, elbow injuries and knee, are common among athletes in a wide range of sports, training the muscles surrounding these vulnerable joints can prevent injuries sustained from repeated wear and exertion.

Prehabilitation can also be applied to people awaiting orthopaedic surgery. The intention is that the fitter they are and their muscles are when they have surgery the quicker they will recover from surgery.

Recovery

Sports Massage is a great way to ensure efficient recovery post-training or post race. It has been linked with improved muscle flexibility, increased range of motion in the joints, and decreased muscle stiffness. deep massage after an intense workout actually causes muscles to enlarge and grow new mitochondria. Mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells, are responsible for converting nutrients into useful energy. Increasing mitochondria can improve endurance performance by increasing the rate that muscles can utilise oxygen.

Strengthening & Flexibility

At Fitness Solutions, we are dedicated to creating personalised rehabilitation programs for musculoskeletal problems or sports injuries, as well as strengthening and/or flexibility training programmes to help you maximise your sporting performance.

Techniques Used

Through palpation and joint manipulation exercises, it is possible to establish the state of health of your muscles at first instance.

Thereon, neuromuscular techniques such as soft tissue release and muscle energy release in combination with proprioceptive methods will be applied to restore and regenerate the damaged tissues, improve mobility and eliminate the pain.

In addition, where the identified conditions require further rehabilitation, a personalised programme of strengthening and corrective exercises will be designed and provided to you complete with full demonstration, aftercare advice and regular follow-ups including Q&A sessions via visits, telephone or email.