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Physiotherapy For Osteoarthritis

Physiotherapy For Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes pain, heat and stiffness in your joints. All of these symptoms are a result of wear and tear on your joints. Although it is generally a condition that is more common among older people, it can affect people at any age. This is particularly the case if other people in your family have arthritis. Physiotherapy for osteoarthritis can be an effective treatment.

In this article, we explore osteoarthritis in greater detail and outline how physiotherapy can help with osteoarthritis. Although physiotherapy can’t cure it, a qualified physiotherapist can help you to manage some of your symptoms so you can get back to doing what you love.

How Physiotherapy For Osteoarthritis Can Help

Improve Your Understanding Of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can be a complex condition to fully understand. Whether you have recently been diagnosed with it or if you have been suffering with it for a while, you will benefit from improving your understanding of the condition so you can manage it effectively.

Physiotherapists are well placed to help you as qualified health professionals; they can provide specific advice for your individual circumstances while also answering any questions that you may have about living with osteoarthritis. They will also help you to understand what happens to your joints and muscles when you have this condition. After seeing a physiotherapist, you should be reassured about your condition.

Develop A Tailored Osteoarthritis Management Plan

In order to effectively manage osteoarthritis, a tailored management plan is required. The first step towards getting a management plan for your condition is to book an initial physiotherapy assessment. During the initial assessment, the physiotherapist will assess your condition, find out how it is affecting you and provide tailored advice to help you. This will include advice on exercise and condition management.

In addition to advice, the physiotherapist may also complete a physical treatment. This is often in the form of manual therapy. In some cases, they may decide that acupuncture might be a suitable treatment for your condition.

Strengthen Your Muscles

Strengthening your muscles and joints is a great way to manage symptoms of osteoarthritis in the long-term. The best way to do this is to complete regular graded exercise. This type of exercise will help you to develop muscle strength without increasing your pain. Graded exercise starts with slow and gentle movements that increase in small manageable steps. Your physiotherapist will be able to advise you of the best way to strengthen your muscles with an appropriate level of exercise that does not lead to you overdoing things.

The goal of these exercises is to improve your general fitness and stamina. As a result of this, you will not only be able to improve your muscle strength and symptoms, you will also benefit from all the other health benefits associated with regular exercise. Regular exercise also stimulates the production of the body’s own pain-reliving hormones, Endorphins.

Improve Your Mobility With Stretching

Osteoarthritis often causes stiffness and weakness in your muscles. This alone can affect your ability to complete your day-to-day activities and do the things that you love. Physiotherapy can help you to improve your mobility by increasing the range of movement in your joints.

Increasing the range of movement in your joints usually involves specialist physio techniques and exercises including stretching. During your physio appointments, the physiotherapist can assess your range of movement and recommend the best possible exercises and stretches that you can do outside of the clinic to improve it.

Manage Your Pain Effectively

When you are suffering from osteoarthritis related pain on a regular basis it can become debilitating and frustrating when it prevents you from doing the things that you love. Osteoarthritis can cause pain in a particular part of your body or general joint muscle pain. While medications prescribed by a healthcare professional such as your GP can help you manage your pain, other methods of pain relief are also effective and many of them can be used alongside your medication.

There are many other methods of pain relief that your physio may advise you to try including ice packs to soothe swollen and hot joints, heat packs to relax tense muscles and splinting of swollen or painful joints. Before trying any of these treatments you should seek advice from a physiotherapist.

Our Physiotherapists Can Help You Manage Osteoarthritis

Our qualified physiotherapists are ready to help you manage osteoarthritis. We are experienced at accurately assessing individuals with osteoarthritis and creating tailored osteoarthritis management plans that effectively manage the condition.

The first step to getting help with osteoarthritis is arranging a physiotherapy assessment appointment with one of our qualified physios. During your assessment we will assess your osteoarthritis, find out how it is affecting you and provide a tailored management plan and advice to help you. To book your initial physiotherapy assessment call our friendly team on 02392 552266 or book your appointment online using our online booking system.

March 30, 2022

What Is Reflexology?

What Is Reflexology

Reflexology is an often-misunderstood therapy and an under-used treatment that could be beneficial for many people. So, what is reflexology? Reflexology is a complementary massage therapy that involves applying gentle pressure to your feet and hands using specific thumb and finger techniques. It is designed to stimulate energy pathways in your body.

In this article, we explore what reflexology is, how it works, its key benefits and what to expect during a reflexology appointment at DDB Physiotherapy.

What Is Reflexology?

Reflexology is a type of massage where varying levels of pressure are applied to your feet, hands and ears. It is based on the theory that these parts of your body are connected to key organs in the body and important body systems.

As a result of this connection, it is recognised as a way to ease stress within your body by helping to bring about a state of relaxation. This state of relaxation is known to aid the body’s own healing process while also of course having the additional health benefits associated with a reduction of stress.

Reflexology is considered to work in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure as they all focus on targeting specific points/areas of the body.

How Does Reflexology Work?

There are a range of theories surrounding how reflexology works and no single theory has been accepted as the definitive explanation of how it works. The two leading theories that explain how reflexology work are the nerve impulse theory and zone theory.

Nerve Impulse Theory

The nerve impulse theory states that pressing on a specific point on your feet or hands sends an initial message to the brain which is passed onto the corresponding part of the body through the nervous system. It is recognised that the nervous system adjusts to external factors including pressure and touch.

In this case, the pressure applied by a reflexologist helps to calm the central nervous system. This promotes relaxation and stress reduction while also having a positive impact on your breathing, immune response and blood flow.

Zone Theory

Zone theory suggests that the body can be divided up into ten zones that run from your head down to your feet. The foot itself is divided into five zones which are linked to different parts of the body. When you apply pressure to a specific zone it is suggested that you relieve pain in the part of the body that is linked to that zone.

For example, zone one is aligned with the left and right centre of the body and zone 5 is aligned with the left and right sides of the body.

Key Benefits Of Reflexology

Reflexology has a range of benefits, some of these benefits have clear scientific evidence to support them. While others are based on the experiences of people that have tried the therapy.

Reduce Stress And Anxiety

Reflexology is recognised as an effective therapy for reducing stress and anxiety. The way that it works and its effect on different areas of your body is responsible for this. Reduced stress also results in a number of associated health benefits that are beneficial to your overall wellbeing.

It has also been shown to reduce levels of anxiety among people that are undergoing other medical treatments. This includes those for cancer and heart related conditions.

Reduce And Manage Pain

Reflexology can reduce pain symptoms from a range of different conditions including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS) and back pain. It is able to boost your wellbeing which tackles discomfort. This helps to make the pain associated with a number of health conditions easier to manage.

Manage Challenges During Pregnancy

Each stage of pregnancy presents different challenges that can be difficult to manage. Reflexology is great at relieving stress and promoting relaxation, both of which are incredibly beneficial for anyone that is pregnant.

Lift Mood And Boost Wellbeing

Anything that can lift your mood and boost your overall wellbeing is worth considering. Reflexology delivers on both accounts and is an effective therapy at helping you to feel and be at your best. When you are feeling at your best, all other aspects of your life will benefit from this too.

What To Expect During A Reflexology Appointment?

Each reflexology appointment should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. If you have not had a reflexology treatment before, the reflexologist will ask some brief questions about your medical history, health and lifestyle.

After this, the therapy will begin with making you feel comfortable and warm. Usually, a lying or half lying position will be used. Once you are in a comfortable position, the reflexologist will apply gentle pressure to various pressure points on your feet and hands. They may return to different pressure points multiple times during a session. They also treat pressure points that are unconnected to any particular pain that you are experiencing.

Reflexology can feel unusual at first especially if you have an existing pain or tension. Sometimes it will be able to resolve it almost instantly. Most people who have had reflexology often feel either calm and relaxed or energised after their appointment.

Depending on your first treatment, the reflexologist may recommend a course of treatments instead of a single treatment. This will be if they believe that it would be beneficial and achieve the best results.

Reflexology At DDB Physiotherapy

Our reflexologists are ready to help you reduce stress and anxiety, tackle pain, lift your mood and manage pregnancy challenges. Each reflexology treatment at DDB Physiotherapy is a 1 hour appointment and is performed by an experienced reflexologist.

If you are unsure whether reflexology would be beneficial for you and your health. Why not contact us to discuss it further? To book a reflexology treatment call our friendly team on 02392 552266 or book your appointment online using our online booking system.

March 28, 2022

How Physiotherapy Can Help With Headaches

How Physiotherapy Can Help With Headaches

Headaches can be a debilitating and reoccurring issue for people that suffer from them. They can become very disruptive and prevent the sufferer from completing their day-to-day activities, work commitments and even doing the things that they love. If you are suffering from headaches on a regular basis, it is important that you get the right treatment from the appropriate healthcare professionals. These include your GP, pharmacist, and physiotherapist. Physiotherapy can help with headaches and is a treatment that is worth considering.

The role that a physiotherapist can play in treating headaches is sometimes overlooked yet they can have a significant impact and can often provide effective treatments for headache sufferers. In this article, we explore headaches, the different types and how physiotherapy can help with headaches.

Headaches Are Complex

Headaches are a complex form of pain. They can have several causes and are often difficult to diagnose and treat as a result. When people present themselves to a healthcare professional with headache it is often unexplained. Many headaches are at least partially caused by the neck and its internal structures, which means that they can respond well to physiotherapy led headache treatment. Headaches have been successfully treated with manual therapy for many years and benefit from the many skills held by a physiotherapist.

Types Of Headaches

According to the CSP, there are three categories of headaches: primary, secondary, and painful neuropathies and facial pain. The vast majority of headaches are primary headaches, with migraines being the most common and disabling type in the primary category. The impact of migraines is profound with it being only second to back pain in terms of years lost to disability.

Meanwhile, secondary headaches are significantly less common and are mostly caused by another disorder. Cervicogenic Headache (CGH) and Medication Overuse Headaches (MOH) are both examples of secondary headaches. The third category of headaches is called painful cranial neuropathies and facial pain. This is the least common category and is not often seen by physiotherapists.

Headaches Starting In Your Neck

Many headaches start with pain or a form of tension at the top of the neck. As the pain gets worse, it tends to progress to the back of the head, the temples, the forehead or behind the eyes. If you have a headache and suddenly move your neck or bend forward for a long period of time, the pain can become more severe. The reason why this happens is because the nerves in the top of your neck are connected to the nerves in your head and face.

In order to definitively confirm that your headache is being caused by or contributed to by your neck, it is recommended that you book a headache assessment with a physiotherapist. However, you may be able to gain an indication as to whether your neck is involved if you notice the following about your headache:

  • Associated with neck pain
  • Always feels more severe on the same side of your head
  • Triggered or worsened by neck movement or remaining in the same position for a long time
  • Is eased by applying pressure to the base of the skull
  • Persists after your GP has investigated other potential causes

How Physiotherapy Can Help With Headaches

Physiotherapy is a great treatment option for people that are suffering with headaches regularly. Physiotherapists are skilled at identifying and helping to address the common causes of headaches. The first step towards getting help with your headache is to book a headache assessment with a physiotherapist. During the assessment, the physio will aim to identify the type of headache that you are experiencing and evaluate whether your neck is a contributing to this. In order to do this, the physiotherapist may use:

  • Manipulation
  • Mobilising the joints and muscles in your neck
  • Functional and rehabilitative exercises
  • Postural assessment and correction
  • Acupuncture and electrotherapy

During your assessment, the physiotherapist should be able to recommend practical tips that you can follow to correct the cause of your headaches. These often include advice on ergonomic working, exercise, relaxation, and lifestyle adjustments.

Physiotherapy For Headaches

There are many physiotherapy-based treatments that can be used for headaches. The following treatments are the most used by physios.

Improving Neck Mobility

If your initial assessment indicates that your neck is causing or contributing to your headache, improving neck mobility is key. The physiotherapist will use targeted manual therapy techniques to improve upper neck joint mobility. They will also perform massages to release tight muscle soft tissues as this can often cause a significant proportion of headache pain. This is one of many ways that physiotherapy can help with headaches.

Completing A Pillow Assessment

The pillow that you use for sleeping has a significant impact on your neck, which in turn can cause headaches. The physio will perform a cervical pillow assessment to check that you are using the best possible pillow and that it can maintain a suitable neck position.

Correcting Poor Posture

Poor posture strains your back and neck muscles, which can contribute to headaches and migraines. Your physiotherapist can work with you to improve your posture while also providing expert advice as to how to maintain an ideal posture at home and work.

Recommending Suitable Exercises

Completing suitable exercises is a highly effective way of tackling the root cause of your headaches. During your sessions with the physiotherapist, they can demonstrate suitable exercises and allow you to practice and perfect them, so you are ready to complete them outside of the physiotherapy clinic.

Our Physiotherapists Are Ready To Help With Headaches

Our expert physiotherapists are ready to help you with your headache. We are experienced and skilled at treating different types of headaches with proven and effective treatments.

The first step to getting help with your headache is arranging an initial headache assessment with us. During your assessment we aim to evaluate whether your neck is causing your headache, identify what type of headache you are suffering from and provide expert advice on how to treat it. The initial assessment takes around an hour and any follow-up sessions are usually 30 minutes each.

To book your initial headache assessment call our friendly team on 02392 552266 or book your appointment online using our online booking system. 

December 17, 2021

10 Minutes Of Movement To Change Your Mental Health

10 Minutes Of Movement To Change Your Mental Health

10 minutes of movement really does have the power to change your mental health. Moving your body is good for your mind and physiotherapy has a great role to play in promoting movement and helping people to get back to doing what they love.

Brendon Stubbs, a leading researcher and physiotherapist explains that two key mechanisms, neurobiology – which is how our brain and blood system changes – and psychosocial mechanism, which as a result of movement starts to light up immediately. The hippocampus is particularly positively affected, which improves our emotions and helps us to feel happy. Endorphins can struggle to cross the blood/brain barrier but changes in brain fertilisers are clear, and this stimulates new brain cell growth and contributes to a reduction in inflammation as well.

Positive Changes Are Seen After Just 5-10 Minutes Of Movement

Benefiting from the positive effects of movement does not require a testing run or a big gym session. Positive changes in the brain are seen after just 5-10 minutes of exercise. Small amounts of movement are all that is needed to change your mental health.

In Japan, a study of healthy individuals in their 20s showed that doing just some light cycling equivalent to a gentle walk had a profound lighting up of the key processing areas in the brain. This shows that whatever exercise you do you can make an impact, even if it’s just a short walk or cycle.

Relieve Stress With Exercise

The central nervous system has a key role in managing stress, and exercise is able to tap into this and tackle stress at its source. Exercise has a real de-stressing component that is particularly effective at managing stress. Mind body movements that are associated with activities like Pilates or Yoga help with your breathing and posture. Meanwhile, rhythmic activities like a walk or run are equally as effective at settling the central nervous system, which will help to lower stress levels.

Reduce The Risk Of Mental Health Conditions

Movement is not just beneficial for the here and now; it can also help to reduce the risk of developing mental health conditions in the future. While it can’t prevent every condition from developing, it can significantly reduce the risk. Studies have shown that for two groups of people, one inactive and the other active, made up of people who are genetically predisposed to developing depression, the active group were less likely to develop depression in the future.

Alleviate Anxiety And Depression Symptoms

Adding exercise over and above usual care from a healthcare professional can reduce or improve your mental health symptoms. Exercises such as yoga, running and resistance training can significantly improve key symptoms.

If you are struggling to move often, sometimes the ideal statistics for required movement can be off-putting. It is worth remembering that just 10 minutes of movement today can make all the difference and lead to a meaningful improvement. Also, your movement doesn’t need to be high intensity training (HIT) it can be as little as a walk or some gentle stretching. Finding something that you enjoy and can do even when you are struggling is a great way to get started.

Our Physiotherapy Clinic In Lee On The Solent Can Help You Get Moving

Whether you have suffered an injury, are recovering from an operation, or are looking for an enjoyable exercise class to do alone with an instructor or in a friendly group, we can help. The DDB Physiotherapy team are ready to help you get moving with our range of helpful services. Everyone in our team is passionate about helping people get back on track and empowering people to do what they love. Our physiotherapists, osteopaths, holistic therapists, chiropodists and sports message therapists are ready to help you rediscover the joy of movement.

Why not get in touch with our friendly administration team on 02392 552266 to discuss your needs and we will help you to find a treatment/s that will help? Alternatively, if you know what you are looking for you can book an appointment online.

November 30, 2021

What Is A Sports Massage?

What Is A Sports Massage

The question that many of us ask is: what is a sports massage? A sports massage is a type of massage that manipulates the body’s soft tissue and myofascial structures. Despite what its name may suggest, sports massages are suitable for athletes and non-athletes. So don’t worry – you don’t have to be a sports person to benefit from one.

In this article, we explore what a sports massage is, when a sports massage can help, what the benefits are and explain more about the sports massages that are available at DDB Physiotherapy.

What Is A Sports Massage?

So what is a sports massage? A sports massage is a type of massage that manipulates the bodies soft tissue to help relax the muscular skeletal system while also targeting any problem areas for each individual. By having a sports massage you can relieve muscular tension, break down adhesion’s, mobilise soft tissues and reduce pain. It is a very powerful and useful form of massage that can help with a wide range of pain and injuries that you may have.

The sports massage was at first developed for athletes to help prevent and relieve pain from existing injuries but its application has expanded significantly to include anyone who would benefit from its affects. It is typically a fast-paced massage which includes stretching. In the case of athletes, they are commonly used as part of a pre-workout stretch to help activate the muscles and as a post-workout activity to promote flexibility.

When A Sports Massage Can Help

Sports massages can help anyone who would benefit from soft tissue mobilisation. Whether you are an athlete and eager to perform at your best, new to sports/exercise and experiencing aching muscles, recovering from an injury or operation, or looking to prevent future injuries from exercise, a sports massage could be right for you.

Now you know what a sports massage is, it is worth reviewing when one can help. Sports massages are an effective treatment in the following situations:

Treat Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) can be an uncomfortable and disruptive issue for athletes and non-athletes alike. It can be caused by a number of factors but is often the result of minor muscle or connective tissue damage – local muscle spasm that reduces blood flow or a build-up of waste products in your muscles. A sports massage effectively treats DOMS by reducing muscle spasms, clearing out waste products and increasing blood flow to the treated area. Damaged tissues are also repaired by the extra oxygen and nutrients from the increased blood flow.

Supercharge Your Training Programme

Training programmes are always a challenge. But what if you could add something into your programme that will supercharge its effectiveness and does not involve extra training? A sports massage will give your training programme a welcome boost by helping your body to recover from the stress of exercise while also encouraging muscle recovery. Adding a sports massage into your training programme will improve blood and lymph circulation, promote muscle relaxation and flush out waste products. Be ready for the demands on your intense training programme with reduced soreness and increased flexibility.

Prepare For A Sports Event

Pre-event preparation is key to great event performance. A pre-event sports massage can be enjoyed directly before exercise or during the weeks before the event. It is a great way to enhance your performance during the event while also reducing the chance of an injury. Start your next sports event with the confidence that your muscles are warmed up and prepared so you can deliver your best performance.

Relax Post-Event Or After Exercise

Just completed a marathon, half marathon, 10k or 5k run? A sports massage is the perfect way to relax post event. Whether you are a keen runner, cyclist, footballer, or rugby player why not relax post-event and help your muscles to recover? A massage will prepare you for your next event and it can even help to prevent injuries. Reduce any residual muscle spasms and metabolic build-up of waste products that occur after you have exercised with an easy and hassle-free treatment.

Relieve Tight Muscles

Muscle tightness is a problem that many of us encounter at some point as a result of exercise or even our everyday activities. When left untreated, muscle tightness can limit flexibility and increase pain which in turn can contribute to future injuries. Relieving tight muscles is easy with a sports massage as it increases the blood flow through muscles while breaking down inflexible tissues and stretching muscle fibres.

Key Benefits Of A Sports Massage

Decrease Muscle Pain

Having a sports massage can significantly reduce and control muscle pain. It provides intense relaxation, which interrupts the body’s pain signals and releases endorphins, which are known as the body’s natural pain killers. This type of massage can also improve your mood and even decrease anxiety.

Increase Flexibility

As a result of a sports massage, your muscle tissues are expanded and stretched which helps to release any stored pressure. You will be able to leave muscle knots and tightness behind that are affecting your flexibility and movement on a daily basis.

Faster Recovery From An Injury

The recovery process following an injury can be frustrating and can test anyone’s patience especially as you just want to get back to doing what you love. If you have suffered a tear or sprain, scar tissue will have formed as part of the healing process from this. A sports massage breaks down the scar tissue and helps to speed up the process of restoring movement. The resulting increased blood circulation will deliver oxygen to the area and repair any damaged tissues.

Improve Athletic Performance

For athletes, maximising performance is everything. If you want to maximise your performance, having a sports massage will certainly help. The massage will help you recover from exercise, prevent future injuries, increase muscle movement, and can even help you to mentally prepare for your next game, event or exercise session. You will be able to train more frequently and enhance your performance.

Promote Muscle Relaxation

Relaxed muscles are comfortable and ready for movement. The heat generated during a sports massage relaxes your muscles and primes them ready for everyday activities and athletic performance.

Sports Massages In Lee On The Solent

Sports massage is one of the key treatments that we offer at our physiotherapy clinic in Lee On The Solent. Our sports massage therapists are ready to help you manage muscle pain, recover from an injury or improve your athletic performance. We provide individually tailored, high quality sports massages to a range of clients. 45 minute and 1 hour sports massages are available. Book your sports massage today using our online booking system or by calling our friendly team on 02392 552266.

In November, we are welcoming Sonia, our new sports massage therapist to the DDB Physiotherapy team. Book an appointment with Sonia during November and December to enjoy a 10% discount.

October 27, 2021

Support Available From Rehab 4 Addiction

Support Available From Rehab 4 Addiction

Addiction is an issue that will affect many of us in some way during our lifetime. Whether it is an alcohol addiction or a drug addiction, the impact can be just as significant. People who are suffering from any type of addiction often find that it can get out of control relatively quickly and that they then face issues in many different areas of their lives. It is important to know that great support is available for those who are experiencing issues with addiction from many sources including from Rehab 4 Addiction In Fareham.

According to recent statistics, there are an estimated 586,780 dependent drinkers in the UK (Public Health England, 2018) and 268,390 adults were receiving help from drug and alcohol services in 2017/18. Addiction remains a significant issue that has a devastating impact on those who are experiencing addiction issues and their families and friends.

Who Are Rehab 4 Addiction?

Rehab 4 Addiction are an advisory and referral service for people who suffer from alcohol, drug and behavioural addiction. They were established by Oliver Clark in 2012, who has himself been in recovery for more than twenty years.

The organisation works closely with rehabilitation and outpatient clinics throughout the UK. Their admissions teams matches a patients’ addiction with a suitable rehabilitation centre. The patient referrals can be provided to private rehabilitation centres or the NHS. By providing immediate access to quality rehabilitation centres and suitable advice on the best possible centres, they guide people who are experiencing addiction issues through what can be a complex process.

They also have their own rehab clinic that is located in central London from which they help treat people who are experiencing a range of alcohol addiction and drug addiction issues.

How Can Rehab 4 Addiction Help?

Rehab 4 Addiction provide support to those who are experiencing addiction issues in a variety of ways. The most common way in which they provide support is through their free telephone assessment service. During this short 10-15 minute assessment, the needs of the individual involved are assessed by a qualified addiction treatment practitioner. Many of their helpline representatives are in recovery themselves and can relate to the issues that you are experiencing.

As a result of the telephone assessment, they can recommend a home detox, residential detox, full residential rehabilitation, outpatient therapy/counselling or professional intervention. They also provide recommendations for treatment providers within your area.

For those who are unable to fund addiction treatment themselves, Rehab 4 Addiction can recommend alternative ways of starting addiction treatment. Publicly funded rehabs are available to help once the person has gained a GP referral to a community drug and alcohol service.

Rehab 4 Addiction In Fareham

If someone is considering taking part in an alcohol or drug rehab programme in the Fareham area, Rehab 4 Addiction can help. They can help the person involved find a rehab programme in Fareham or Hampshire. Find out more about Rehab 4 Addiction in Fareham on their dedicated area page.

August 31, 2021

What A Sports Massage Is And Enjoy 10% Off

What Is A Sports Massage

As the Tokyo 2020 Olympics draws to a close and we celebrate the great achievements and collection of medals secured by Team GB, there has not been a better time to consider a sports massage. Athletes and sports performers are the greatest users of sports massages. However, you do not need to be an athlete or sports person to benefit from this type of treatment. Sports massages can help with a wide range of day-to-day issues that many of us experience.

In this article, we explore what a sports massage is, how you can benefit from a sports massage and how you can enjoy 10% off sports massages booked at DDB Physiotherapy this August.

What Is A Sports Massage?

So, what is a sports massage? A sports massage is a treatment that helps with the management, manipulation, and rehabilitation of soft tissues in the body. Soft tissue is a connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage. The soft tissues that it can help with include muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Sports massage is specifically designed to help correct problems and imbalances in soft tissue. The problems and imbalances are mostly caused by repetitive and strenuous physical activity or trauma. People who have a sports massage prior to and after exercise often benefit from enhanced physical performance, an aided recovery and injury prevention. It is a great way to generally relax the muscular skeletal system while also targeting any existing problem areas. Following a sports massage treatment, you can often expect relieved muscular tension, a breakdown of adhesions, mobilised soft tissues and reduced pain.

How You Can Benefit From A Sports Massage

Improved Circulation & Lymphatic Flow

Improving your circulation and lymphatic flow is particularly beneficial for your body. A sports massage improves circulation by creating friction between the skin and your fingers. This generated friction is able to stimulate an improvement in both blood and lymphatic flow. Improving blood circulation helps to maintain muscle strength and overall energy, while improving lymphatic flow helps to encourage the removal of toxins and waste products from within the body.

Assisted Removal Of Metabolic Waste

Metabolic waste products can build up within the body, having a sports massage can help to assist with the removal of these through the lymphatic system. By removing the metabolic waste, it is possible to increase relaxation and decrease pain. After the waste has been removed, your muscles become healthier and fatigue less. The metabolic waste is replaced by oxygen and valuable nutrients that aid the maintenance of healthy muscles.

Sedate Or Stimulate Nerve Endings

Sedating or stimulating nerve endings helps to reduce muscle tension. The massage will stimulate the nerve endings within your skin and underlying fascia which detect changes in the environment. These changes are often relate to temperature, pain and pressure. By stimulating the nerve endings, a sports massage helps to relax your muscles and reduce discomfort or pain.

Increase Or Decrease Muscle Tone

Increasing or decreasing muscle tone to suit the needs of each specific client is hugely beneficial. It is also able to address high muscle tone issues, this involves the low-level contraction of muscles that occurs unconsciously. If you have a high muscle tone you often face reduced movement, increased muscle tightness, increased tension, and an increased risk of injury. Having a sports massage in this case is particularly beneficial for sports people that are preparing for an event.

Remodel Scar Tissue

If you have suffered an injury, you will have some scar tissue. Sports massage is effective at breaking down scar tissue which can become restrictive as the elasticity of the scar tissue is lower than the body’s natural muscular tissues. By focusing on the soft tissues at varying levels of pressure, the massage increases the temperature of the scar tissue. This loosens the tissue and allows it to be broken down more easily, which will also remodel it.

Aids Mental Preparation For Sports

Taking part in any form of sports, whether at an amateur/social, semi-professional or professional level requires a certain level of preparation. For many people, this extends beyond a physical training programme and often involves some degree of mental preparation. Sports massage is an invaluable component of your mental preparation as it can provide reassurance and give you the confidence that you and your body are in the best possible condition for the sports activity that you are about to undertake. Having a sports massage can also provide comfort and help to ease any concerns about suffering an injury due to the injury prevention qualities that it offers.

Book Your Sports Massage At DDB Physiotherapy In Lee-On-The-Solent, Hampshire

If you are considering a sports massage, now is a great time to book one at DDB Physiotherapy. Why not enjoy our special offer of 10% off all sports massages booked for August? Our qualified sports massage therapist, Peter, will provide you with a bespoke sports massage that is tailored to suit your specific needs. Peter has a first class degree in sports injury and treatment alongside extensive experience in sports massage. Book your sports massage online or call our clinic on 02392 552266.

August 10, 2021

Shockwave Therapy Now Available At DDB Physiotherapy

Shockwave Therapy

DDB Physiotherapy are delighted to launch one of the most effective solutions to resolving stubborn and long-standing musculoskeletal injuries at our physiotherapy clinic in Lee-on-the-Solent. EMS Physio have supplied our Shockwave machine and they have a bank of information regarding the many benefits of radial and focused shockwave.

Shockwave Therapy or Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) as it is also known as is a non-invasive technology that delivers sound waves to the required area to aid recovery. It has been the preserve of the sporting elite for many years, but now it is being made more accessible. Shockwave Therapy is widely accepted in clinical practice for the treatment of chronic soft tissue, muscular and tendon injures, which improve movement and pain.


Shockwaves are high-energy, audible sound waves. Throughout the 1980’s shock waves were used in medicine for the dissolution of kidney stones among other things. In rehabilitation therapy, shockwaves are transmitted to a defined area to accelerate healing. ESWT involves passing short, intense sound waves into affected tissues, which increases blood flow, has an analgesic effect, which stimulates repair and regeneration.


Yes, the therapy has NICE guidance for many indications. When performed by qualified therapists it is a largely risk-free and side-effect-free method of treating musculo-skeletal conditions and chronic pain.


The following Musculo-Skeletal conditions can be treated by ESWT including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinopathies
  • Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinopathies
  • Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow


ESWT affords the patient a number of benefits including:

  • No anaesthesia needed
  • Non-invasive procedure
  • No medication
  • No hospital admissions
  • Fewer complications
  • Significant clinical benefit often seen 6-8 weeks after treatment
  • Analgesic effect after treatment
  • Strong clinical results and research


  • When surgery is not an option
  • When pain relief and injections no longer work
  • When a condition is presented that is suitable for the therapy
  • When no contraindications are present


Find out more about Shockwave Therapy at DDB Physiotherapy in Lee-on-the-Solent by visiting our treatment page on the link above. The friendly DDB Physio team are available to discuss Shockwave treatment options, call us today on: 02392 552266.

August 27, 2020

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