Can we help with your muscle pain?
Our experienced Osteopaths at our Worcester Park, Selsdon and Cheam, Sutton, Surrey clinics are very experienced in the treatment and rehabilitation of all muscle related problems. We regularly treat elite athletes, dancers, keep fitters, keen gardeners, pregnant ladies and new mums. At Avenue Health, our treatments are very effective as we have a hands-on approach and directly treat the muscles themselves, as opposed to relying on painkilling and muscle relaxing drugs.
We can use a variety of techniques, from gently massaging aches and pains to deep tissue massage for chronic problems. We also have a G5 massaging machine that is very effective for treating overtight muscles, and we use ultrasound for inflammation and tendon related problems.
Our Avenue Health practitioners will advise you as to the level of exercise and training your body will be able to cope with whilst you are recovering from your injury. Advice will also be given if any changes are needed in the way you work or train.
I have now sent several of my clients to see Michael with a significant array of conditions, and I have heard nothing but positive feedback as a result.
Michael and his team have proven to be timely, very responsive and cordial to my clients, whether children, adolescents, or adults, and has gone the extra mile to report back to me his findings so that I may better use the information in my training with them.
I have personally also used Michael’s expertise and was very impressed with his knowledge, ability to share complex information in a variety of ways, but most importantly with his honesty and integrity in dealing with prognosis and further treatment needs. Unlike several other practitioners in this field, Michael is very upfront of what he can and can’t do, and what may be the most cost-efficient method of dealing with something, even if it means less work for himself.
I now go out of my way to refer any of my clients to him with confidence.
Steve Cooper, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
Do I need treatment?
Muscular aches and pains are a part of everyday life and people often experience muscle soreness 48 hours after exercise. This is referred to as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and resolves itself within 3 or 4 days. If, however, symptoms persist longer than that, getting an assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan for the problem is very important, both to resolve the symptoms and prevent aggravating the problem further.
Will pain-relieving drugs help with my muscle pain?
Inflammation can be greatly reduced with the use of NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol. Although they can reduce the inflammation caused by your problem, they do not address the underlying problem. They can, in some cases, cause stomach problems, such as acid reflux and constipation.
It is important not to use painkilling drugs before engaging in a physical activity. This is because, without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and further aggravate your condition. However, they are very useful in helping you get a good night’s sleep, which is a vitally important part of your recovery.
If you are already taking medication prescribed by a doctor, you should always ask the advice of a Doctor or Pharmacist before self-medicating, as some painkilling drugs can affect the effectiveness of your medication, and can sometimes be dangerous.