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Manual therapy & Sports injuries

Manual therapy is a hands-on approach to treat acute or chronic pain, disability, injury and other symptoms, through the manipulation of the joints, muscles and soft tissue.

It also seeks to teach you specific exercises, when appropriate, that you can apply independently to manage your condition.

Sports-related injuries

Sports-related injuries occur either suddenly (such as with accidents), or because of the overuse of our body parts. Poor technique when doing exercises can also lead to injuries and damages.

Some of the areas tackled by sports physiotherapy include:

  • Muscle strain
  • Ankle sprain
  • Ligament tear
  • Knee pain
  • Feet pain

Soft Tissue Release

Soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia, are what connect and support organs and other structures in our body.

Soft tissue release is the treatment of soft tissue pain and injuries. It also helps reduce tightness and increase flexibility.

Soft tissue release is used to treat, among others, the following conditions:

  • Soft tissues injury
  • Muscle tightness
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries RSI’s (Cumulative Trauma Disorders CTD’s)

Acute & chronic back pain

Whether it is due to injury, stress, bad posture, strain-inducing movements (such as heavy-lifting) or other problem sources, back pain is a very common issue.

The issues tackled through back physiotherapy include:

  • Back/lower back pain
  • Ribs dysfunction
  • Prolapsed disc (slipped disc)
  • Sciatica
  • Workplace-related injuries

Neck pain & Headaches

Tension and pain around neck muscles can be due to stress, anxiety, bad posture, brisk movements, certain sleeping positions and prolonged sitting, among other causes.

Neck and headache physiotherapy is used to tackle:

  • Tension type headache (Cervicogenic)
  • Neck stiffness
  • Whiplash
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI’s)

Limb problems

Manual therapy is effective to treat a range of lower and upper limb problems, including limb-related conditions. These are very varied, they include:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Tennis/golfer elbow
  • Knee & hip pain
  • Feet pain
  • Workplace-related injuries


Kinesio tape facilitates the healing process and reduction of pain by offloading muscles and joints.  Its use can be applied to a wide spectrum of conditions, including:

  • Muscle overuse/strain
  • Enhance muscle strength
  • Align joints
  • Can be applied to enhance other treatments