Injury Prevention Tips

Being a physio and being responsible for elite level athletes and their injuries and subsequent performance, I am often asked for advice on managing an injury that someone has invariably encountered recently in their training. While each injury is different, these top 10 tips or areas that need to be considered are: 1.) Set realistic

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a multi-faceted profession whose aim is to encourage and support the return to normal following illness, surgery, disease or trauma. This is often described as ‘rehabilitation’. So whether your problem is a sprained ankle, back pain, a stroke, chest problems, women’s health, injury at work or many other different conditions, there will be

Acupuncture – What is it? & How does it work?

Optimal Physio is very proud to be able to offer acupuncture to our patients. But what exactly is it and how does it work? Here is an introduction to this 3,000 year old form of treatment by our physio Yvonne Dallman. What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is a form of treatment that physiotherapists use to treat

Pelvis and Groin Injuries in Cycling

Bike set up is crucial Pelvis and groin injuries tend to be rare in cyclists however when they do arise they can be painful and difficult to treat. The bike set up is usually an important factor but any therapist must determine whether it is the bike or the athletes body which is the main

Does sports massage help?

Sports Massage is used the world over but athletes and exercise enthusiasts but why? Do you want to supplement your training?, boost your recovery? and minimise your chances of injury while enhancing your performance? Sports massage fans make many of these claims but does it actually help? Elite athletes always mention the benefits of a sports massage, but does this same benefit apply to others? if so how does it work?