Treatments We Offer

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We specialise in soft tissue (muscles/tendons/ligaments) injuries and rehabilitaion. Available treatments include:


Cryotherapy

This is the most important action a dancer can take when they sustain any kind of injury. It can reduce recovery time by as much as 40%.

Cryotherapy is essentially the ICE in RICE (see below). It is used to constrict blood vessels and reduce the formation of intercellular fluid at the site of an acute injury. Apply for approximately 10-15 minutes per hour - don't allow the skin to turn red.

The most commonly accepted procedure to adopt following an acute soft tissue injury is described as RICE.

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

The injured individual must rest the affected muscle/ligament/tendon and stop dancing. Listening to your body and responding to pain is important - do not dance through pain! Rest can also include functional rest, where the individual is recommended to reduce all activity, including their normal daily routine (although maintaining movement within the pain free range is very important). Ice should be applied, through a tea towel or similar to avoid burning the skin. The aim here is to reduce blood flow by restricting the blood vessels. Therefore, it is important not to leave the ice for too long. The skin must not turn red, as this is an indication of blood rushing to the area (the opposite of what we want to achieve). About 10-15 mins every hour is a safe and effective length of time for cryotherapy. Ice also helps to numb the pain of the injury. Compression can be applied to facilitate the restriction of internal bleeding and reduce swelling, caused by the excess intercellular fluid at the site. This can be provided with an elastic bandage or tapping. Ideally, it is best to elevate the site of injury above the heart, in order to aid venous return. Although, this is not possible for all body parts, it works very well on sprained ankles (for example), to reduce the build up of blood at the site of injury.









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