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The Soft Tissue Therapists at Square One are experts in musculoskeletal injury, pain and dysfunction and have many years of clinical experience. Our therapists will assess, treat and offer rehabilitation advice for all occupational, sport and general injury problems. Soft tissue therapy (sports massage therapy) uses a range of techniques to speed up recovery from injury and improve soft tissue condition and joint mobility. We can offer advice on a range of remedial exercises focused on facilitating recovery and preventing injury re occurrence.
At Square One it is important for patients to be involved in their own care, through education, awareness and participation in their treatment. Physiotherapy helps people affected by injury, illness or disability by restoring movement and function, encouraging development and facilitating recovery, through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Our network of physiotherapists are trained healthcare professionals who work in many areas such as managing long-term medical conditions, neurology, orthopedics, sports, pediatrics and workplace health.
Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is the most advanced non-surgical and non-invasive treatment available for a wide range of conditions including plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy, hip bursitis, tennis and golfer’s elbow, Osgood Schlatter disease and subacromial shoulder pain. ESWT is a procedure where shock waves are passed through the skin to the injured area, using a special device. Extracorporeal means outside of the body. The shock waves are mechanical and not electric; they are audible, low energy sound waves, which work by increasing blood flow to the injured area. This treatment accelerates the body’s healing process. A course of three treatments, one to two weeks apart, is recommended.
Medical acupuncture is a safe, modern treatment approach similar to traditional Chinese acupuncture and involves the strategic placement of sterile needles into various painful locations in the body. There is scientific evidence highlighting how acupuncture can help with short-term relief of various musculoskeletal problems by releasing natural pain-killing and healing chemicals within the body.
Ultrasonic waves or sound waves of a high frequency that are not audible to the human ear are produced by means of mechanical vibration in the metal treatment head of the ultrasound unit. The treatment head is then moved over the surface of the skin in the region of the injury, transmitting the energy into the tissues. When sound waves come into contact with air it causes a dissipation of the waves, therefore, a special ultrasound gel is placed on the skin to ensure maximal contact between the treatment head and the surface of the skin. This also provides a medium through with the sound waves can travel.
The benefits of electrotherapy are wide-ranging and include pain reduction, soft tissue relaxation, improved blood flow, scar tissue breakdown and increased tissue tensile strength; all leading to an increase in range of movement.
Generally injuries that have caused swelling will respond well to electrotherapy; these include sprained ankles and overuse injuries such as tennis and golfer’s elbow.
The Kinesiology taping service at Square One is a therapeutic and rehabilitative technique designed to provide support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting range of motion or circulation. Kinesiology taping facilitates the natural healing process of the body and provides soft tissue manipulation to enhance the benefits of manual therapy administered within a clinical setting.
Chronic, persistent or long – term pain is pain continuing beyond 3 months or after healing should have occurred. It can affect adults or children. It can develop after tissue damage or inflammation but very often it cannot be explained. It is a complex condition with physical, social and psychological components. People suffering from chronic pain very often have severe disabilities, loss of independence and a poor quality of life. Most treatment approaches have no or only short term effects. Lots of research is currently conducted to explain the development of chronic pain, to find risk factors, to find ways to prevent it and to find the best management for it.
Physiotherapy plays an important role in the management of chronic pain. It has been shown that education and understanding of all the factors involved in chronic pain can improve self efficacy, can give control over the pain and can lead to better coping mechanism or to the reduction of pain. Physiotherapists can help patients to understand how all factors, e.g. emotions, low mood and negative beliefs are influencing chronic pain and how best to deal with them. They can assist by setting up exercise programs, giving advice about a healthy lifestyle and improving maladaptive movement patterns, postures and behaviours.
Pilates offers a balanced combination of strength and flexibility training to improve posture, reduces stress and reduce pain and muscular imbalances by focusing on core stability and core strength. Pilates is suitable for all ages and abilities and is recommended by healthcare practitioners as a safe and effective form of exercise. The Square One Pilates instructor is highly qualified and has a comprehensive understanding of anatomy and physiology.
FitBack & Bumps is an exciting new educational exercise programme bringing new mums and mums-to-be together to share their pregnancy experience. FitBack & Bumps is recognised by Nuffield Health and classes are run by a Square One senior physiotherapist.