Services

Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Services

Physiotherapy

We treat all forms of musculoskeletal conditions ranging from serious injury to troublesome aches and pains, from every day problems to specific sports injuries. Our aim is to progress patients back to normal activity and address any underlying issues which may have contributed to injury.

Here are a few examples of the techniques we use to address a problem:

  • Acupuncture/Dry needling
  • Advice regarding pain management
  • Core Stability Training and Clinical Pilates
  • Cycling/Running analysis
  • Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Joint mobilisation and manipulation
  • Movement retraining
  • Postural correction/Ergonomics
  • Soft tissue work
  • Taping
Anatomy

Cycling analysis / Bike assessment

Cycling is a sport of repetition of almost identical pedal strokes. Any biomechanical problems or imperfections in this repeated movement can, over time, lead to overuse injuries, pain and decreased performance. Problems can arise from the bike (equipment and set up), the way you ride the bike (posture, movement patterns, technique and training), or from what you do when you are off the bike.

A cycling analysis is an assessment of the athlete both on and off the bike, in order to determine the cause of injury or discomfort that may arise from cycling. The aim may be to treat or prevent injury, or to improve performance or comfort.

Your Physiotherapist will use a turbo trainer to enable them to assess your individual cycling style on your own bike. We have mirrors which will allow you to view how you sit and move on a bike, something cyclists rarely get the chance to do.

We can make minor adjustments to your existing bike (saddle, handlebars), teach you correct posture and techniques to offload certain structures, which you will be able to practice with feedback from your Physiotherapist, as well as give you advice on training.

If this does not solve your problem, we can refer you to and liase with recommended bike fitters, for a complete and thorough bike fit, and to make further or more extensive adjustments to your bike, cleats or shoes.

The cycling analysis can be done on it’s own, or as a follow up session at any point in your treatment. Remember to bring some cycling shorts, the shoes you cycle in, and of course, your bike!

Comprehensive Physio Bike assessment – 1.5hrs

Suitable for anyone seeking a Bike assessment from a Physiotherapy point of view, with an emphasis on biomechanics and movement patterns. You may be experiencing pain or inefficiency on the bike, or looking to improve comfort or performance.

The comprehensive bike assessment involves:-

  • Thorough interview including cycling and injury history, goals and events, current training, and bike equipment
  • Musculoskeletal screening tests to identify limitations and potential issues. This includes strength, flexibility, stability, functional movement tests.
  • On bike assessment on a turbo trainer
  • Making necessary adjustments to current set-up including saddle, cleats and handlebars
  • Correcting postures and movement patterns on the bike, practicing pedalling drills
  • Recommend changes to components if required and suggestions on where to source
  • Email summary of session, including prehab/rehab exercises that may be beneficial and any further recommendations on training and injury prevention

Basic Bike assessment – 1hr

Aimed at those relatively new to cycling, or who want their current set up or position checked and adjusted as needed.

The basic bike assessment involves:-

  • Brief history of cycling and injury
  • Screening tests of the main joints and muscle groups used in cycling
  • On bike assessment on a turbo trainer
  • Making necessary adjustments to current set-up including saddle, cleats and handlebars
  • Correcting postures and movement patterns on the bike, practicing pedalling drills
  • Recommend changes to components if required and suggestions on where to source

Follow up – 30min or 60min

Designed for those who have had a Bike assessment at the clinic and would like a follow up for guidance of any exercises or drills given, obtain a more comprehensive prehab/rehab program, or check or make further changes to bike set up.

NB. If you are looking to treat a current injury, it is best to start with a Physiotherapy initial assessment to establish a diagnosis and cause of the injury, and the best way to manage it. Bike set up can contribute to an injury, but is often not the sole cause.

Sports massage

Sports massage is used to help athletes relieve discomfort, prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Received regularly this may help to prevent injuries, which might otherwise be caused by overuse. A constant build up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, as well as the muscles themselves.

The frequency of receiving sports massage will vary between individuals, depending on, amongst other things, the person’s sport, training load, susceptibility to injury and tightness, level of competition, and personal preference. Some professional athletes will have sports massages almost daily during times of high competition, whilst others may have them once or twice a month.

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