WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
You'll have an initial 60-minute appointment. During this time we will go through a detailed history of your problem followed by a full biomechanical screen and injury examination.
Why a Full Biomechanical Screen?
In carrying out a full biomechanical screen it gives us the chance to examine your shoulders, spine, pelvis, knees, ankles, nerves and muscles to see if they are functioning correctly. If these are not working well they may be the reason you are suffering from the following:
- Recurrent injury – If you have a recurrent injury, a biomechanics screen will be able to determine whether there are any problems that are causing it to occur. Exercises would then be prescribed to help minimise the risk of recurrence.
- Pain when exercising – If you experience pain when running, playing a sport or working in the gym, a biomechanics screen can establish why that pain is being caused. This then enables us to prescribe you with remedial exercises.
- Lower back pain - If you suffer from lower back pain, a biomechanical screen can show any weaknesses that may be causing it.
- Postural defect - it may be that the issue is a direct response to Postural dysfunction/ poor posture. In this case you may need spinal mobilization with corrective exercises.
- Poor sports performance – If you are unable to perform a particular sporting or physical task, and there is no obvious reason why, then a Biomechanics Screen will help to highlight any issue that is biomechanical in nature. We then prescribe corrective exercises to help overcome poor performance.
During your initial appointment different techniques may be used depending on your problem. These include:
- Spinal Mobilisation
- Soft tissue mobilisation
- MET’s (muscle energy techniques)
- Joint mobilisation
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Deep tissue massage
- Specific muscle stretching
- Anti spasm exercises
- Ultra sound therapy
At the end of your appointment it is likely that Dave will give you some exercises to do at home. These will form your exercise/rehab therapy program and are put together to help speed up your recovery. These could include:
- Specific muscle strengthening
- Anti Spasm exercises
- PNF exercises