Our Treatments

To book an appointment

Tel: 07813 796 914
Email: office@stt4performance.com

Consultation Process

We don't believe in wasting your time and money

The consultation process is based on:

Information that you as a client can provide, for example; giving a detailed medical history and an understanding of your injury and pain details (if relevant).

As part of the consultation process we will observe and palpate the area and complete a full musculoskeletal assessment.

An appropriate treatment plan will be devised.

Performance Therapy/Soft Tissue Therapy

Performance therapy is a comprehensive injury management and rehabilitation service that aims to get you back to optimal levels of fitness in the shortest possible time. The service is not only for sporting injuries, but also occupational related conditions including postural abnormalities, low back pain and neck pain.

Performance therapy begins with an initial assessment session to identify the source of the problem and outline an injury management plan to achieve specific goals on your way back to functional health. Follow-up treatments utilise a range of manual techniques, from deep tissue massage and stretching, to joint mobilization and corrective exercise prescription.

Our experienced, highly qualified therapists utilise the latest information and techniques to return you to the challenges of your sport, job or day-to-day activities. A consultation 1st appointment lasts 90 minutes and will include your first treatment. You will leave knowing exactly what is wrong and what needs to be done. If appropriate, you will be given a clear programme of exercises and stretches to follow at home.

We don't believe in wasting your time and money with endless treatments. If your injury can be treated at home, we will teach you how to treat yourself! It's simple-the quicker you recover, the quicker you will tell others!

What happens on the first visit?

On the first visit you will complete a confidential health history as part of your assessment. This is important as we need to know know if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. We will listen to your concerns, assess your individual needs as well as other factors that may be contributing to your injury (lifestyle, nutritional status, etc.). We will then develop a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive appropriate treatment that will help you return, as much as possible, to your normal activities.

During your first visit you can expect the following:

  • Arrive at your appointment and complete your paperwork
  • You will be seen for the initial evaluation by the therapist.
  • The therapist will discuss the following:
  • Your medical history.
  • Your current problems/complaints.
  • Pain intensity, what aggravates and eases the problem.
  • How this is impacting your daily activities or your functional limitations.
  • Your goals and upcoming events.
  • Medications, tests, and procedures related to your health.
  • The therapist will then perform the objective evaluation, which may include some of the following:

The therapist will then formulate a list of problems you are having, and how to treat those problems. A plan is subsequently developed with the patient's input. This includes how many times you should see the therapist per week, how many weeks you will need therapy, home programs, patient education, short-term/long-term goals, and what is expected after discharge from therapy. This plan is created with input from you, your therapist, and your doctor.

  • Palpation - touching around the area of the pain/problem. This is done to check for the presence of tenderness, swelling, soft tissue integrity, tissue temperature, inflammation, etc.
  • Range of Motion (ROM) - the therapist will move the joint(s) to check for the quality of movement and any restrictions.
  • Muscle Testing - the therapist may check for strength and the quality of the muscle contraction. Pain and weakness may be noted. Often the muscle strength is graded. This is also part of a neurological screening.
  • Neurological Screening - the therapist may check to see how the nerves are communicating with the muscles, sensing touch, pain, vibration, or temperature. Reflexes may be assessed as well.
  • Special Tests - the therapist may perform special tests to confirm/rule out the presence of additional problems.
  • Posture Assessment - the positions of joints relative to ideal and each other may be assessed.

How should I dress?

You should wear loose fitting clothing so you can expose the area that we will be evaluating and treating. For example, if you have a knee problem, it is best to wear shorts. For a shoulder problem, a tank top is a good choice, and for low back problems, wear a loose fitting shirt and pants, again so we can perform a thorough examination.

We use towels in a very clever way to maintain your modesty, but please be prepared to expose the part of your body that needs treating, very few injuries are treated through clothing.

If you have any feelings of anxiety about this then please tell your therapist at the first meeting.

Do I have to remove all my clothing for soft tissue therapy?

No. Your comfort as a client is of the utmost importance to all soft tissue therapists, whether that is in the context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. All STT's are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment. Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to effective treatment.

Soft tissue therapists will also describe the treatments to be provided to ensure that you are comfortable with them. Your consent is sought before treatment is provided. If you are uncomfortable, your STT wants you to let them know immediately, whether that discomfort involves the treatment, draping or any pain you may experience.

Be sure and discuss the most effective means of treatment with your STT.

Does soft tissue therapy hurt?

As with many treatments affecting the soft tissue, there are times when soft tissue therapy can cause some discomfort but it is not harmful. Discomfort usually diminishes and no technique of this nature is used without the soft tissue therapist first discussing it with you and obtaining your permission. A comfort scale will be established and the therapist will work to your tolerance level. You can stop or change the treatment at any time and soft tissue therapists will modify their techniques to meet your needs.

For more information on the conditions we treat and services we offer, or to book an appointment please call Rick: 07813 796 914 or Paula: 07811 946 955 or email us at office@stt4performance.com

Soft Tissue/ Sports Physiotherapy
What is Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft tissue & Sports Physiotherapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.
Condition types
Condition types
Soft Tissue Therapy can be remarkably effective for stress management, sports training, injury prevention and performance enhancement and much more
We run a range of workshops and master classes teaching you invaluable tools that you will be able to use immediately.

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