Sports Injury & Performance
Whether you are injured, in pain or just mysteriously performing below standard, relax – you’re in the right place. If your focus is on achieving peak performance, you’re going to feel right at home too.
The elbowroom clinic is a unique, sports injury practice dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries and musculoskeletal problems. Our specialists have worked with national teams and sporting institutes, and the national ballet company.
While many clients are elite athletes, we take the same dynamic approach to benefit all individuals including recreational athletes and the non-exercising individual.
We experience a wide and varied patient demographics: from the Olympic athlete to recreational golfer; from the city worker to industrial athlete; from the perpetually active teenager to retiree.
Most Common Injuries
The most common injuries and ailments our sports doctors, physiotherapists and related therapists encounter tend to be:
- Sports Injuries
- Strains & Sprains
- Neck & back pain
- Work-related injuries
- Joint pain & arthritis
Our team of physical therapists, sports massage therapists, acupuncturists and osteopaths are here to help each individual overcome their moments of vulnerability – in trauma or in training – with absolute confidence, and get you back to performing at your very best.
Physical Therapy & Sports Massage
Sports massage is for the professional athlete and the weekend warrior alike, and everyone in between. The benefits of regular sports massages are far-reaching. The emphasis of sports massage is on the prevention of injuries, rehabilitation and optimal performance.
Sports massage includes these four types:
- Pre-performance sports massage – given 15-45 minutes before an event. Short and stimulating to warm the muscles up and help mentally prepare the athlete.
- Post-event sports massage – given to normalize the body’s tissues after a hard event or workout.
- Restorative sports massage – given during training to prevent injury, allowing the athlete to train harder.
- Rehabilitative sports massage – given to bring the body back to health, alleviate pain and facilitate healing.
Many acupuncture techniques were born from the needs of the martial arts traditions in China. Acupuncture played an important role in keeping ancient fighters in peak condition and it continues to keep modern athletes healthy and active.
When you sustain an injury, the flow of energy in and around the area becomes disrupted, causing stagnation and pain. This energy stagnation also inhibits the proper circulation of blood and lymph to the area, extending healing times, prolonging swelling and bruising and increasing the need for pain medications.
Acupuncture works directly to free the flow of Qi through these areas of stagnation. Which decreases pain, inflammation and swelling. Increases circulation of blood and lymph, this means that fresh vital nutrients are more readily available to tissues that need them in order to mend. Enhanced circulation also carries dead cells and cellular waste products away from the injured site.
Also when your heart, lungs, muscles, tendons and joints are all receiving fresh vital nutrients and being flushed of waste products quickly and efficiently, the results are better physical performance, enhanced endurance, quicker recovery times and fewer incidents of injury. When added to a proper physical training program, acupuncture is extremely valuable for improving your game.
Pilates exercises are a great compliment to many sports such as football, soccer, rugby, tennis, golf, rowing and cricket. Many top sportsmen are now making Pilates an integral part of their fitness programme to enhance their performance, improve their technique and keep their bodies strong, supple and injury free. The attention to detail on muscle recruitment can be of enormous help.
Pilates is especially effective in building your core stability, improving focus and injury prevention. All sports have their own key patterns of movement and repeated use of these movement patterns can result in muscular imbalance. Less relevant muscle groups can become weak and inefficient, with the more predominant muscles becoming bulky and tight. Pilates focuses on your body as a whole, aiming to rebalance muscles and improve postural alignment.
As athletes, you are very resilient, determined people. But you are also surprisingly sensitive to minor changes in body mechanics. Alignment is essential to core stability. Finding a healthy balance of strength and flexibility will protect the body from further injury.
Osteopathy can diagnose and correct any imbalances your body has succumbed to. This will help heal any injuries whether they be in your muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints or bones. It will also help prevent any further weakening of your body and help keep you injury free.
Can help a variety of chronic pain problems caused by such activities as poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing or tennis stroke, or computer keyboarding. It can also alleviate severe pain typically associated with a pinched nerve.
Booking Your Appointment
To book an appointment with any of our clinic’s therapists please call 01 677 9859 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.