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Sports Injury Clinic

At West Limerick Sports Complex we believe that ‘just’ treating the condition is not enough. You have to really understand sport to properly treat and manage a sports injury. If you do not know the pressures a specific sport puts on your body, then how can you properly treat an injury and provide accurate advice on return to action!

We know, understand and participate in sports ourselves, so if your passion is running, rugby, football, golf, tennis, hockey, basketball, martial arts or even dancing, we know about it; understand the biomechanics of it, and; are confident that we can provide a lasting solution to your pain.

We have many years of experience in providing treatment to many athletes. We use the same up to date rehabilitation principles and dynamic approach that we use with all our musculoskeletal patients and apply them to benefit sportspeople.

So whether you’re an elite international athlete or weekend warrior, or just simply one of the many who don’t get to exercise nearly as much as they’d like! We can help.

What is a sports injury?

A sports injury is a traumatic or overuse injury that has occurred during the participation in sport or exercise. The most commonly occurring sports injuries are sprains and strains, knee injuries, swollen muscles, achilles tendon injuries, pain along the shin bone, fractures and dislocations. Sports injuries left untreated almost always lead to further more complex and chronic complications down the line.
Identifying causes and contributing factors is crucial to not only getting you better but in meeting our aim to get you back to your chosen activity stronger and more capable than ever!

We can help, if you..

  • Injure yourself or experience pain or discomfort during sport
  • Repeatedly re-injure yourself or the same body part
  • Have poor postural or movement control that hinders your performance
  • Wish to return to training as soon as possible
  • Wish to be treated and understand what the problems is

Why choose us?

Your body is important, so choose carefully who you choose to treat it. The assessment and treatment of all types of sports injuries are made in the initial induction. They have a comprehensive knowledge of biomechanics, tissue pathology and tissue healing.

The treatment, rehabilitation and injury prevention is of all levels ranging from local clubs (amateur) to AIL rugby teams (semi professional) to elite and professional athletes in sporting teams and organisations such as, Munster Rugby teams and professional sprinters.

Our skills and expertise include:

  • Sport specific functional rehabilitation techniques
  • Joint mobilisation and manipulation
  • Soft tissue techniques
  • Biomechanical assessment of movement
  • Gait analysis
  • Exercise prescription for rehabilitation and prevention of injury
  • Taping to protect injured tissues and joints
  • Sports massage before or after the big run or game
  • Assessment and treatment of postural and movement dysfunctions

What is a Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
How does deep tissue massage work?

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, we will often use direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles. People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.

What conditions is Deep Tissue used for?

  • Anxiety, stress and depression
  • Back conditions
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches
  • Limited mobility
  • Long term illness
  • Musculo-skeletal (muscle and bone) disorders
  • Neck problems
  • Neurological conditions
  • Post plastic surgery
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury) and many more

What is a Sports Massage?

Sports massage is a technique particularly effective in patients with muscle overuse issues or for sports people who before or after a big game or run. Sports massage can be used for many different reasons but mainly in the treatment of Sport Injuries and for sports preparation and recovery.

How can we help?

Whether you’re feeling tight around the shoulders and neck from clocking up the hours at work, lower back pain from sitting at a desk all day, on the road to recovery from an injury or just playing too hard, massage is sure to provide some welcome relief. We focus on providing a thoroughly effective massage, whatever you need it for.

Firstly, an assessment and diagnosis/ severity of musculoskeletal injury are completed, particularly for back pain and neck pain. Our therapist will use several techniques and their results are sometimes instantaneous. Apart from providing rapid pain relief, there are a number of other important ways that we can help. These include:

  • Identifying exactly what’s wrong with your back, neck or other areas of the body because they’re trained to diagnose the specific causes of body pain.
  • Teaching you exercises that will help with the cure or the prevention of your problem.

By identifying the factors that led to your problem in the first place, we can advise you how to avoid musculoskeletal problems in the future. Possessing advanced skills including pain management, this offers a broader range of treatment options than other health professionals. As a result, they are in the best position to improve your overall strength, mobility and co-ordination.

What is a musculoskeletal injury?

Any injury that occurs to a skeletal muscle, tendon, ligament, joint or blood vessel that services skeletal muscle or any related tissue is a musculoskeletal injury.

What is involved?

  • Your medical history is reviewed
  • You have a thorough physical examination
  • You are diagnosed accurately and your questions are answered
  • You are treated to relieve pain and regain movement
  • You are taught techniques to use at home to manage your problem
  • You are referred for alternative treatment

Your Therapist will work with you to develop an action plan for future management of your problem. The plan will give you a realistic estimate of the number and frequency of treatments you are likely to need and outline what to do at home and/or work to help speed up your progress.

How to Book and Prices?

Bookings can be made over the phone with us Monday to Sunday, morning and evening appointments by appointment.
We offer ½ hour sessions for €25 and 1 hour session for €40. Anyone attending for treatment will be given rehabilitation programmes and exercises to complete in the gym/swimming pool or at home to maximise the benefits of the treatments.