”Very professional and knowledgeable. Made me feel very at ease and incredibly safe hands. Thank you for helping me to heal after my road accident. I now feel great again!” BL – Meltham
”A service I would use again – Chris was great and extremely pleasant and friendly. He explained my injuries clearly and gave me stretches to do at home which have also helped.” KH – Brighouse
”Very helpful and concise explanations of what was happening with back and neck problems. Dealt with on time, good overall.” ES – Linthwaite
”Chris was very good in the treatment he gave me. He explained and advised very clearly. The treatment has worked very well – many thanks!” RD – Slaithwaite
”Excellent treatment provided!” RW – Birchencliffe
”I’ve attended other Physiotherapists who explain very little and improve things even less. Chris on the other hand has worked miracles for me and explained the rationale behind his techniques. Fantastic!” AS – Honley
”A very professional service. Helpful exercises to do at home. I would not hesitate to recommend to others.” CC – Holmfirth
”I have really benefited from these Physio sessions. It was nice to be in a professional environment but to be treated as an individual rather than a patient.” Anon. – Huddersfield
”Very happy with the effective treatment and advice offered. Very friendly, put at ease.” KE – Fixby
”Great prompt treatment, friendly and put me at ease. Thanks!” GB – Holmfirth
”Excellent service, brilliant explanations, Chris is a sound man! Thank you.” LM – Kirkburton
”I’ve been very happy with the treatment I have received – no improvements needed!” KM – Holmfirth
”Highly recommended. If I need a Physio again, Chris will be my first port of call. Thanks.” MT – Scholes, Holmfirth

5 Keys to Healthy Knees-use our expertise!

Having specialised in the rehabilitation of lower limb injuries, and particulary knee injuries, for many years now, I have observed 5 key objectives to achieve quickly to optimise knee function. This is irrespective of whether the rehab is post- injury, or post-operative. With these 5 goals in place, the knee will quicly function more normally.

1. Reduce swelling.

After an injury to structures inside the knee, it will swell- an effusion. This is known to cause reflex muscle inhibition, which can cause the quadriceps muscle to switch off, and the knee to feel as though it may give way. Minise the effusion to optimise quads activity.

2. Restore full Active Extension.

The ability to actively fully straighten the knee is critical. This is the ability for you to switch on and tense your front thigh muscle (Quadriceps) by choice.  If this is not possible, you cannot actively keep yourself upright on your feet- the knee will give way.

3. Restore full Passive Extension.

This is the ability of an external force, i.e not you or your quadriceps muscle, to straighten your knee: e.g. ability for it to sag straight under the weight of gravity, or for someone (usually a Physio, when testing the knee), to pull it into a fully straight position. If this is not possible, it may indicate something inside the knee is mechanically blocking it. This must be dealt with quickly, as a block to extension left untreated can leave the knee stiff in the long-term, and will disable your ability to actively straighten your knee, and may again lead to giving-way or buckling of the knee.

4. Mobilise the Patella.

The patella (kneecap) is free to be moved within a specific range when the knee is relaxed. Often, usually after surgery, this ability for the kneecap to be freely moved is limited, and can have a consequential negative impact on the ability to develop quadriceps strength, and cause kneecap pain.  This can be restored by manual therapy during Physio sessions.

5. Normalise Gait.

The walking (gait) cycle is often significantly affected by pain/stiffness after injury or surgery. The adaptations to the walking pattern, if left unaddressed, can have significant negative effects on knee health: loss of movement, stiffness, muscle shortening and quadriceps inhibition. Normalising the gait cycle as quickly as possible is critical to knee health!

If you, or anyone you know are affected by these problems, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our expertise will get you on the path to healthy knees in no time!!

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