Musculoskeletal (MSK) pain is any pain caused from the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments or muscles. This may include things such as a sprained knee/ankle, arthritis in a joint, tennis/golfers elbow, pulled muscles and many other conditions.
When you come into our clinic you can be assessed by a Physiotherapist or a Sports Therapist. Depending on the area of the pain, the assessment can look at your posture, range of movement, strength and special tests that can assess stability, proprioception and joint integrity. These findings will help your therapist to develop a working hypothesis, which they will use in consultation with yourself to direct them to the most appropriate treatment for your condition.
There are many treatments on offer at the clinic for those with MSK problems. Some of the treatments offered in-house include:
Soft tissue work/massage- Massage can be used to increase the mobility in stiff arthritic joints or break down scar tissue after muscle strains or operations. It is commonly used to reduce muscle tone, tightness or spasms and decrease the stress placed on bones/joints whilst promoting relaxation.
Acupuncture- This traditional Chinese technique is used in clinic to treat lots of conditions such as headaches/migraines, neck, back, shoulder and other joint pains. Acupuncture will be discussed in more detail in another newsletter.
Electrotherapy - We are lucky here to have access to a wide variety of electrotherapy modalities including Robotic Spinal Manipulation, Shockwave, Ultrasound, Deep Oscillation, Shortwave, and Laser.
Joint mobilisations/manipulations can be used to increase a range of movement in joints and decrease pain.
Individual exercise programmes- We are able to tailor personalised exercise programmes for your injury /condition that may include strengthening, stretching and mobilising work.
Next month we will look at Wellness