Physiotherapy at Unit 27
Our resident Physiotherapist is Mr. Thomas Engberts, a physical therapist from The Netherlands, specialising in sports injuries. Thomas has worked with many athletes over the last 6 years and applies a ‘4 Stage approach’ to your physiotherapy:
1. Promoting blood flow to the injured area
The body is very good at healing itself, but it needs the proper ‘building materials’ (oxygen, proteins and other nutrients) to be able to do it properly.
Those materials come with blood flow. When the circulation is restricted (which it almost always is when you have an injury), the healing process is limited.
On the other hand, when you can trigger an increased circulation of blood to the injured area, you can kick-start the healing process, and speed it up dramatically.
2. Restoring normal movement
If a joint is restricted, the muscles, tendons and ligaments around it will receive a lot more strain than what they are built for (and capable of handling).
This leads to overuse, weakness and eventually wear and tear. So to get out of pain, and back to normal function (especially high intensity training), restoring normal joint mobility should be a big priority
3. Training the muscles to stabilise the joints
The number 1 reason people get injured (even hard training athletes) is a weakness somewhere, or a muscle not firing properly. You can do all the massage and mobility work in the world, but if you don’t fix this weakness, your injury will come back over and over again.
4. Fixing the joints and muscles above and below the actual injury
In addition to weakness in the injured area itself, your injury is most likely due to either a weakness or restriction in the muscles/joints above or below your injury.
You can get better by just focussing on the injury itself, but if you don’t fix the actual weakness or restriction that caused the injury in the first place, expect your pain to come back over and over again.
That is the 4-step formula we use to get you out of pain and back to training and/or competition as fast as possible, and what allows you to keep training hard without hurting yourself over and over again.