Welcome to Atlas Physio Sports Injuries & Muskuloskeletal Disorders​  
  

Sports injury rehabilitation and prevention is a key focus at Atlas Physio. Matt is an athlete himself, so he understands not only how important getting back to training is, but also how injuries can occur and ways to help you prevent them. He works with a variety of athletes and injuries; helping them to work through existing injuries, prepare for competition and matches, and guiding them to prevent further injuries.
  
  
Athletes and sports he works with at present include:
 
  • Rugby
  • Body building
  • Power-lifting
  • CrossFit
  • Netball
  • Equestrian
  • Skiing
  • Running 
  • Football
 

 Whilst sports injuries is a key focus, Matt has experience in a vast variety of settings means he can help with the majority of issues. He will always begin with an assessment, and from there he will advise you of what is the best course of action.

Common problems you don’t need to suffer with:
 
  • Migraines
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Back pain
  • Muscular pain
  • Joint pain
 
  
    
TREATMENTS
 

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands, as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, our highly qualified physiotherapists use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.

Manual therapy can be helpful for the treatment of joints that lack adequate mobility and range of movement in certain musculo-skeletal conditions. This limitation can cause discomfort, pain, and an alteration in function, posture, and movement. Manual therapy involves restoring mobility to stiff joints and reducing muscle tension in order to return the patient to more natural movement without pain.

Techniques we use are aimed at relaxing tense muscles and restricted joints in order to decrease pain and increase flexibility. In general, manual therapy techniques employ the following types of movement:
Soft tissue work, including massage, which applies pressure to the soft tissues of the body such as the muscles. This pressure can help relax muscles, increase circulation, break up scar tissue, and ease pain in the soft tissues.
Mobilization/manipulation, which uses measured movements of varying speed (slow to fast), force (gentle to forceful), and distances (called 'amplitude') to twist, pull, or push bones and joints into position. This can help loosen tight tissues around a joint, reduce pain in a joint and surrounding tissue, and help with flexibility and alignment.
 










Sports massage

Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaging in regular physical activity. The application of sports massage, before and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury. Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused by repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma, and it is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of movement.

There are four types of sports massages:

  • Pre-event sports massage: a short, stimulating massage 15-30 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved the most during the event.
  • Post-event sports massage: given within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body's tissues.
  • Restorative sports massage: given during training to allow the athelete to train harder and with less injury.
  • Rehabilitative sports massage: aimed at reducing pain due to injury and returning the body to health.
 
Swedish massage (also known as a classic massage)

The therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil and uses various massage techniques that are designed to improve circulation, soothe muscles and make you feel more relaxed. Techniques used during the treatment help to warm up the muscle tissue, release tension and gradually break up muscle "knots" or adhered tissues, called adhesions. Swedish massage promotes relaxation, among other health benefits.

Classic massage benefits:

  • loosens tight muscles and stretches connective tissues
  • stimulates blood circulation
  • speeds up healing from injury and illness
  • increases muscle strength
  • relieves cramps and muscle spasms and decreases muscle fatigue
  • loosens joints and improves the range of motion
  • calms the nervous system
  • firms up muscle and skin tone
  • relieves symptoms of such disorders as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome , chronic and acute pain syndromes, myofascial pain, headache and migraine, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, asthma, and sports injuries
  • improves lymphatic drainage of metabolic wastes

Ultrasound

Ultrasonic waves – sound waves of a high frequency that is inaudible to the human ear – are produced by means of mechanical vibration in the metal treatment head of the ultrasound machine. The treatment head is then moved over the surface of the skin in the region of the injury, transmitting the energy to the tissues.
As the ultrasound waves pass from the treatment head into the skin, they cause vibration of the surrounding tissues, particularly those that contain collagen. This increased vibration leads to the production of heat within the tissue. In most cases this cannot be felt by the patients themselves. This increase in temperature may cause an increase in the extensibility of structures such as ligaments, tendons, scar tissue and fibrous joint capsules. In addition, heating may also help reduce pain and muscle spasm and promote the healing process.

There are three primary benefits to ultrasound:

  • Speeding up of the healing process from the increase in blood flow in the treated area.
  • Decrease in pain from the reduction in swelling and oedema.
  • Gentle massage of muscle tendons and ligaments in the treated area which helps to soften any scar tissue









Electrotherapy:

This includes a range of treatments using electricity to reduce pain, improve circulation, repair tissues, strengthen muscles, and promote bone growth, leading to improvements in physical functioning. Electrotherapy is typically used in conjunction with other treatments, rather than by itself. For people undergoing physiotherapy treatments, electrotherapy may alleviate pain sufficiently for an individual to participate more actively in targeted exercises.

Benefits of treatment:

  • Provides relaxation in muscle pain.
  • Immediate post-surgical stimulation of calf muscle to prevent various thromboses.
  • Increases local body circulation.
  • The electronic nerve muscle stimulator offers an advanced method of pain management and muscle rehabilitation
  • Lower-back pain
  • Cervical spasms/pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip strain, foot or ankle pain
  • Quadriceps strengthening
  • Anterior shoulder subluxation
  • Upper trap spasm
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Tibialis strengthening
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Fibromyalgia
 


Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy:

The word myofascial means muscle tissue (myo) and the connective tissue in and around it (fascia). Myofascial pain often results from muscle injury or repetitive strain. When stressed or injured, muscles often form trigger points, like contracted knots that cause pain and tightness.
Myofascial trigger points located in one area of your body is called a syndrome: myofascial pain syndrome (MPS). Muscle pain matters: it’s an important problem. Aches and pains are an extremely common medical complaint, and trigger points seem to be a factor in many of them. They are a key factor in headaches including migraine and cluster headaches, as well as neck pain and low-back pain, and much more.
 
For example, when the muscle at the top of your shoulder (trapezius) has a trigger point, it will refer pain up the side of your neck and head causing a headache. Active myofascial trigger points in the muscles of the shoulder neck and face are a common source of headaches.  In many instances the headache has the features of so-called tension headache, but there is increasing acceptance that myofascial trigger points may initiate classical migraine headaches or be part of a mixed tension/migraine headache complex
 
Therapists are often preoccupied to a fault with joint function, biomechanics, and exercise therapy. These approaches have their place, but they are often emphasized at the expense of understanding muscle pain as a sensory disorder. A lot of patient time gets wasted trying to “straighten” patients, when all along just a little pressure on a key muscle knot might have provided relief.
Sciatica (shooting pain in the buttocks and legs) is often caused by pain in the piriformis or other gluteal muscles, and not by irritation of the sciatic nerve. Many other trigger points are mistaken for “some kind of nerve problem”.
Chronic jaw pain, toothache, earache, sinusitis, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and dizziness may be symptoms of trigger points in the muscles around the jaw, face, head and neck.

Myofascial trigger point diagnoses include:

  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Rotator cuff (shoulder) pain
  • Jaw pain (TMJD)
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hand and arm pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Pelvic pain
  • Hip pain
  • "Sciatic" pain (buttock and leg pain)
  • Leg and knee pain
  • Plantar fascitis (foot) pain
  • Tendinitis/tendinopathy
  • Burstitis
  • Arthritis
  • Disc pain (bulge/rupture/herniation) and radiculopathy
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fibromyalgia
 

Kinesiology taping (KT Tape)

KT tape is a thin, stretchy fabric made from cotton or a cotton/nylon blend. The fabric is backed with an adhesive made from a hypoallergenic, medical-grade acrylic that is flexible, comfortable and non-irritating to most skin types. The tape is latex-free and does not contain any medications or topical ingredients.

KT tape is applied directly over an affected joint or muscle group or around its borders. Unlike rigid tapes that completely immobilize injured areas, KT tape provides support and pain relief while still allowing a natural, safe range of movement. This allows people to participate fully in rehab and continue training and competing as they recover from injury.

Benefits of Kinesiology taping:

  • Reduces swelling and inflammation
  • Reduced pressure on the lymphatic drainage channels enhances removal of fluids and other materials that collect in an injured area. This applies not only to sports injuries, but also to post-surgical recovery and other inflammatory conditions, including lymphedema (severe swelling of the extremities.)
  • Prevents and relieves muscle spasms and cramping
  • Enhanced circulation improves delivery of oxygen and nutrients to overused or fatigued muscles, which helps to prevent or relieve spasms and cramps.
  • Pain relief
  • KT tape can lift the skin slightly, which immediately reduces pressure on sensitive pain receptors under the skin. It also has a stimulating effect on pain pathways, providing a competitive stimulus that blocks pain signals going to the brain.
  • Supports injured muscles and joints without restricting range of movement
  • The unique elastic properties and application techniques of KT tape, allows it to provide support to injured muscles or joints without restricting range of movement.
  • Enhances strength and muscle tone in weak muscles
  • Certain neurological or muscular disorders can make muscles so weak, that it is almost impossible to complete daily activities. KT tape not only provides support to these muscles, but it can also improve muscle activation, allowing therapeutic exercises to be carried out more effectively.
  • Allows athletes to remain active while injured
  • This is one of the most important benefits of kinesiology taping. Depending on how it is applied, KT tape can prevent either overstretching or over-contraction of injured muscles. When combined with its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, this can allow an injured person to continue training or competing.