What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy can be beneficial at the first sign of a problem and can stop a minor niggle developing into a major problem. Research has proven that people who seek physiotherapy early after an injury have shorter recovery periods than those who wait.
Remember: You don't need to be referred by your doctor to seek treatment. You are more than welcome to bring a family member or your coach to your sessions.
Clients under 16 years must have a parent/ guardian with them during all sessions
What to expect
At your first appointment Jackie will take a thorough history related to your symptoms, followed by a physical assessment so that the correct treatment can be executed as quickly as possible. An appropriate individual management plan will be discussed with you and Jackie will organise further investigations if appropriate. Advice and measures to prevent further pain/injury will be discussed and suitable pain relieving modalities may be applied. These may include electrotherapy or joint mobilisations, manipulation, acupuncture or soft tissue work. Further re-educational strategies such as stretching or strengthening exercises may also be instigated according to the clinical presentation of your problem.
Together we will discuss and plan the best treatment options which will always be carried out on a one to one basis at the clinic. The first session usually lasts up to one hour with follow up sessions lasting up to 45 minutes.
All muscular, joint and spinal conditions ranging from;
Traumatic injury e.g. whiplash or accidents.
Postural and spinal dysfunction and pain.
Occupational overuse injuries.
Physiotherapy Treatment will be tailored to your needs and may consist of;
Manual therapy - spinal and peripheral joint mobilisations and manipulation.
Soft tissue therapy -deep tissue, trigger pointing, myofascial release, sports massage therapy.
Electrotherapy - ultrasound, interferential therapy, combination therapy, shortwave diathermy, TENS.
Acupuncture (Western style for pain relief)
Exercise programmes and rehabilitation.
Ergonomic and postural advice. Training modification techniques
This is the mobilisation/manipulation of joints and soft tissues with a ‘hands on approach’. Jackie has extensive experience in manipulation and uses these techniques as a treatment priority before implementing any exercise regime.
Re-adjustment whether by mobilisations or higher velocity thrust techniques helps to re establish the body’s natural realignment and hence reduces the stresses placed on those tissues.
Jackie’s philosophy and treatment approach is to encompass the whole body and explore all of the relative clinical factors/injuries which may have predisposed you to having the present symptoms.
Be prepared for a detailed assessment!
Performance Movement and Rehabilitation
Preventing injury and optimising performance is beneficial to us all, whether on the sports field, at work or at home.
Jackie utilises her expertise through a comprehensive assessment of spinal alignment, muscle imbalance, biomechanics, flexibility and gait analysis. She will provide appropriate guidance to help you correct these faulty movement patterns or postures.
The aim is to minimise the risk of further injury thus enabling you to enhance your performance or move more efficiently.
A customised exercise program based on your functional limitations as a result of your injury will be developed. Integration of your exercises within your existing training program and close work with others involved in your management e.g. coach, will help to maintain a seamless transition from injury through to performance.
Work or home related ergonomics may also have to be investigated with appropriate intervention strategies applied or suggested to relevant organisations e.g. employer.
Sports Massage/ Soft Tissue Therapy
The development of Jackie's sports specific massage skills evolved through elite level contact with Olympians treated within the competitive environment and secondly by personal tuition with leading Sports Massage experts.
Soft tissue therapy can encompass the additional use of holistic massage, soft tissue release, trigger point work and myofascial therapy where needed and appropriate to your clinical issues. Jackie has attended a multitude of postgraduate courses to develop these skills and utilises them as an adjunct to support your recovery.
Jackie provides Western acupuncture as an adjunct to your session as required.
Injuries occur to all levels of competitors and can have a profound impact on performance and daily life.
Jackie has both professional and personal experience of the effect of injury within elite level sport. She has personal understanding of the effects of injury being a former elite level athlete which undoubtedly helps with the setting of realistic goals regarding a safe return to activity.
Younger athletes and coaches can be offered personalised biomechanical evaluation with specific considerations developed for growth spurts and loading on the immature frame.
Older athletes can also benefit from personalised evaluation, as habitual daily and sporting specific imbalances develop and are often ignored with the associated consequences.
“Change can still occur if the mind is still willing to embrace this!”
Team programmes /Lecturing /Mentoring
Offering a professional consultancy to sporting bodies, Jackie is currently helping young Welsh athletics coaches with their analysis and understanding of athlete development through movement presentations within their designated events.
Aiming to capitalise on the athletes’ movement potential and develop the coaches’ problem solving abilities within a structured coaching framework is being utilised through this collaborative and innovative approach.
Guiding and supporting the coach in providing a path way to solve the puzzles of human movement strategies from the underlying basic fundamental movement skills to progressively complex ones. Always emphasising and ensuring that quality is logically reinforced throughout the process for both the coach and athletes development.
Gaining movement efficiency is a key goal as well as how the coaching process can facilitate the athletes’ implicit ability to improve their own physical literacy and hence improve performance.
Individual and group sessions can be tailored according to each organisations' requirements ,either in a more formal lecturing setting or informal work shop type environment.