Pilates & Rehab offer physical therapy and sports massage in Greenwich and Blackheath. While you can find our booking form through the menu above, we’ve outlined the important information below. If you have any enquiries or concerns regarding the therapy you need, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
“Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability” (The Society of Sports Therapists)
SPORTS INJURIES: The musculoskeletal system is an incredibly efficient machine made up of rigid and pliable structures such as bones, tendons, and ligaments. However, every now and again, it may suffer an injury which may impair its function. Also, like any machine, if it is not taken care of, it may lead to the slow development of painful conditions otherwise known as repetitive strain injuries and chronic pathologies. Any of these injuries and conditions suffered by the musculoskeletal system are considered a sports injury.
- Muscle and tendon strains
- Ligament sprains
- Joint pain
- Neck and lower back pain
- Bone fractures
TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION: the most common mistake that we make is thinking that just because the pain has gone that everything is fine and no action is required. In truth the human body has the amazing innate ability to heal itself. What many of us don’t know is that the body tends to compensate or even overcompensate in its efforts to protect the injured site.
Sports therapy uses physical techniques and modalities in order to help the body heal the right way, to return it to a state of equilibrium and control, and to return the injured person to his/her function/s even stronger. Treating an acute injury early can prevent the development of a chronic condition. Treating a chronic injury can prevent a more severe injury or new injuries to other sites that are helping to compensate.
At Pilates and Rehab we also promote the concept of pre-habilitation, which is the prevention of injuries. We do this by identifying weakness and imbalance through observational and functional tests (functional movement screening). We then create prevention strategies through correct exercise and advice, incorporating the Pilates philosophy into our rehabilitation programmes.
- Mobilisations (Maitland and Mulligan techniques)
- Sports Massage
- Hot/Cold Treatments
- Rehabilitation Specific Exercises (inc. Pilates)
Sports Massage can be used as a one of many techniques to treat injuries, but can also be used on its own to aid recovery and restore muscular equilibrium. Massage can help to break down adhesions, de-tone muscles, improve circulation, recover from and prepare for athletic competition, and provide a general sense of relaxation and well-being.