Sporting Injury Therapists and Clinics in Manchester
30 Bradshaw Avenue
My main objective is to alleviate your pain and discomfort by using a wide range of treatment methods, not just massage. A large percentage of my clients are not from a sporting background, and visit me for treatment of conditions ranging from migraines, back ache, sciatica, knee pain and achilles tendonitis. I use a variety of treatment methods which might include Deep Oscillation, Microcurrent, Medical Acupuncture, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Electrotherapy, Thermal Therapy as well as Massage and Stretching. Feel free to give me a call, to discuss your muscle dysfunction, joint stiffness or nerve pain and see how I can help you on the road to recovery.
I have been a keen sportsman since my childhood, playing football and running cross country at County level. I progressed from Half Marathons, Marathons, 30km Races, on to Triathlon in 2009. Learning how to front crawl opened up a fantastic new sport to me, and it saw me get on a bike for the first time in over 30 years. I gradually increased the distance from Sprint, Standard, Middle Distance and then competed in two Long Distance events (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42km run). I've competed twice in the Alpe D'Huez short distance event, and I can say that this has been my favourite challenge to date.
Soft Tissue Release
Microcurrent Electrotherapy Treatment
Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation
.....plus many more
Although it is used by athletes before and after training and competition and during rehabilitation, many people – from the DIY fanatic, busy housewife, gardener or stressed office worker – appreciate the deep treatment offered by a sports massage therapist as they can really feel those knots in muscles being ironed out.
General massage techniques will help you relax or tone up, but they are also combined when necessary with more intense trigger point therapies like Neuromuscular Technique (NMT), Soft Tissue Release (STR) and stretching like Muscle Energy Technique (MET). Deep friction can break down fibrous adhesions which can free up muscles to help you regain flexibility and move more freely.
DEEP OSCILLATION® is an electromechanical therapeutic procedure using electrostatic attraction and friction. It produces penetrating mechanical vibrations in treated tissues and a pumping effect deep into the tissue.
The treatment procedure requires minimal external pressure, which allows it to be used in cases of acute pain, fresh injuries and in the treatment of wounds. Numerous pilot studies have demonstrated pain reduction, minimisation of oedema and anti-fibrotic effects. It is commonly used for the treatment of Lymphoedema.
The DEEP OSCILLATION® system, above all, has effects on the micro-circulation of the interstitial
connective tissue. Treatment results in a normalisation of the steady state, i.e. of the permanent fluid flow between the tissue surrounding the cells and the lymph and blood vessels. In this manner, pain can be diminished and the circulus sanus be restarted or else accelerated.
DEEP OSCILLATION® can be used as a treatment option in the acute stages of trauma and, as such, is suitable for the treatment of injuries such as whiplash, ligament sprains, ruptured muscles, swelling and bruising.
I have been using microcurrent as a form of therapy since November 2015 and find it to be a fantastic treatment method, especially for the reduction of pain in muscles and joints. The portable units are ideal for working at events, pitch-side, for home visits as well as in daily use at my clinic.
The Alpha-Stim® M uses cutting edge science to provide the most comprehensive solution to Pain, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia & Fibromyalgia.
The Alpha-Stim® M offers both Microcurrent Electrical Therapy (MET) as well as Cranial Electrotherapy (CES). Microcurrent Electrical Therapy has been proven to treat acute, chronic and postoperative pain. This covers all sorts of conditions, including problems that are hard to treat with other methods. The device does this by transferring a tiny electric current to the body, which gives you long-lasting pain-relief. Unlike TENS machines, which uses a current far greater than that of the body, MET uses a much lower and safer current to provide sustained cumulative results. By utilising CES in addition to MET, the Alpha-Stim® M device has the ability to treat a range of psychological conditions, like Stress, Anxiety and Insomnia.
Relieve Muscle Tension
Loosen Restricted Joints
Decongest Muscles After Exertion
Speed Up Recovery After Injury
Release Tight Connective Tissue
Break Up Adhesions
Improve Blood and Lymphatic Circulations
Relieve Pain, Stress & Anxiety
Repetitive Strain Injury
Sciatic Nerve Pain
Shoulder Joint Pain
Improved Sleep Quality
Increased Energy Levels
Less Time Off Work Due To Ill Health
Enhanced Performance In Work & Sport
Reduced Risk Of Sporting Muscle Strains
A Balanced Posture / Less Muscle Fatigue
Sports and Remedial Massage
Effleurage, Petrissage, Tapotement and Frictions
Superficial and deep massage techniques
Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)
Microcurrent Electrical Therapy
Cranial Electrotherpy Stimulation
Soft Tissue Release & Mobilisation
Muscle Energy Techniques
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
Passive Stretch and Friction
Trigger Point Therapy
Neuromuscular and Positional Release
Cryotherapy and Thermal Therapy
Strapping for sprains and strains
Peripheral Joint Mobilisations
Active and Passive Stretching
Neck Pain / Headaches
Forward Head Posture
Shoulder Joint Pain
“Dowagers Hump" fibrous tissue
Thoracic Kyphotic Posture
Lumbar Lordotic Posture
Scoliotic Spinal Curvature
Pelvic Tilt Dysfunctions
Tight Hip Flexors
Sciatic Nerve Pain (piriformis)
Knee Pain (normally caused by muscle tightness / adhesions)
Ankle Sprains & Weakness
Muscle Strains & Tightness (Quads, Hamstrings, Calves)
Muscle Adhesions and Pain
After a deep tissue massage you should feel more flexible and limber.
You may also feel a bit tired or have some post-treatment soreness but this will normally disappear after a day. Don't worry about this as it is usually a sign that the treatment is having a positive effect and you should feel energised, while retaining the increased mobility for some time afterward.
With a regular course of deep tissue/sports massage you should feel more flexible and less prone to injury in your active life
This is an interactive session, where sports massage therapist and client work together, rather than the more restful Swedish massage. The two types of treatment can be combined however to:
relax hyper-tonic muscles,
remove fibrous adhesions,
build a program of action to strengthen weak muscles and look at postural and muscle imbalances.
Over the last few years I have worked at a variety of sporting events, including the Ultimate Frisbee Under 23 World Championships in London. This sport involves a lot of twisting, jumping and diving, plus the occasional collision between players so I had to deal with a wide variety of injuries ranging from sprains, strains, breaks to dislocations. I've also worked at a number of running events, triathlons and duathlons, providing pre and post-race sports therapy treatments to competitors as well as some spectators! Each sport offers its own challenges to the competitors as well as to the sports therapist and working outdoors at pitchside helped me to hone my skills in acute injury assessment and treatment.
You don't need to be a sports person to visit the clinic. I am able to deal with any muscle aches and joint pain caused by repetitive strain, poor posture or general wear and tear. Give me a call to discuss your requirements today on 07825441744 or visit www.ahst.co.uk for more information.
Before using this treatment make sure you've had your injury assessed by a medical professional.
This therapy is designed for the treatment of mild achilles tendinitis, swelling from ankle ligament sprains and tendinitis in the plantar fascia.
Take a bucket, bowl or cooler box
Half fill it with water
Add Ice cubes or ice blocks
Leave it for 10 minutes if you want the water to be really cold
Immerse the foot / feet in the water for 6-8 minutes
The first 60 seconds may feel really uncomfortable if the water is close to freezing point. You may experience a very heavy ache in the lower leg and this may extend into the hamstrings and glutes. If you get past the first 60 seconds then things gradually start to feel more bearable. Keep your feet moving to avoid warm water collecting on the surface of the skin. After 6-8 minutes, remove the feet and either place them in a bowl of WARM water (not hot) for a few minutes to bring bloodflow back to the toes (or dry off and put on a pair of socks and allow the feet to warm up over the next 60 minutes).
This treatment will help with reducing:-
Inflammation in tendons and ligaments
Pain in the ankle area
Swelling following a sprain or strain
Use this ICE WATER treatment in conjunction with other prescribed therapies such as K-tape support, electrical therapy and physical therapy.
Ice the foot / feet twice (or 3 times) per day in the acute stage of injury and reduce to once a day when things start to improve.
"Hello Richard, I would just like to say a very big thank you for the treatment you gave me last week on my neck and lower back. I am so much improved with more mobility and the exercises helped reduce the pain I was experiencing. The therapy is so important at my age 70 to keep mobile. I swim and walk every day so thank you again for helping to keep me fit. Yours Shirley May (Ipswich)" 5th May 2015
Shirley May - 22/06/2015 | report this review
Professional, thorough and efficient. Richard certainly knows his stuff. Highly recommended.
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