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The Sports Injury Clinic at SWEAT Southsea
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With Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy, Sports Massage Therapy, Functional Movement Screening and Pilates all on offer, SWEAT Southsea aims to become one of the leading destinations for the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injury.

 

SWEAT Southsea offers treatment and rehabilitation services with two spacious and comfortable treatment rooms and use of a private gym. This combination makes the Sports Injury Clinic at SWEAT Southsea one of the best choices in Portsmouth and Southsea for injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. We've worked hard to ensure the team is one of the most knowledgable, dedicated and talented you could wish to find.


Meet the Injury Clinic Team


Sport Therapist and APPI Pilates instructor Alexandra Cunningham, MSc, BSc (Hons), MSST

Sport Therapist and APPI Pilates instructor Alexandra Cunningham, MSc, BSc (Hons), MSST

Alexandra Cunningham, MSc, BSc (Hons), MSST, is a highly qualified and recommended Sports Therapist and Rehabilitator. She has recently finished her MSc degree in Sports Rehabilitation from St. Mary’s University Twickenham alongside working full time in a busy clinic. Alex is also a Graduate Sports Therapist BSc (Hons) from the University of Chichester and has full membership with the Society of Sports Therapists. Since graduating from Chichester, Alex has worked with a number of sports persons and in an array of environments including footballers, high level athletes and triathletes, swimmers and gym goers to name a few.

As well as being a Sports Therapist, Alex is also currently training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and is fully accredited with the APPI to teach Clinical Pilates and is available for 1-1 Pilates at SWEAT Southsea.


Sports Therapist George Rentoul, BSc (Hons), MSST,

Sports Therapist George Rentoul, BSc (Hons), MSST,

George Rentoul, BSc (Hons), MSST, graduated in 2016 from the University of Chichester with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) Degree in Sports Therapy. During and since University George has gained experience in both the clinical and pitch side environments and has worked with several elite athletes from Team GB. George provides pitch side Sports Therapy for Portsmouth Grammar School, St Johns College, Portsmouth University and Hampshire RFU. George is a keen sportsman who is interested in Rugby, Football, Athletics and Weight Lifting. He has played rugby since a young age and played at an elite level representing Hampshire and London Irish. George has been subjected to numerous injuries and understands the physical and psychological implications an injury can have on an individual whether that being in a sporting or occupational environment. George believes that everyone deserves the same standard of treatment and rehabilitation no matter their background or ability.


Physiotherapist, Pilates instructor and Yoga teacher Sam Moss HCPC CSP MSc BSc Dip.Yoga

Physiotherapist, Pilates instructor and Yoga teacher Sam Moss HCPC CSP MSc BSc Dip.Yoga

Sam HCPC CSP MSc BSc Dip.Yoga is a specialist physiotherapist with eight years’ experience. Sam qualified with an MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of East Anglia and got straight to work in the NHS for six years, eventually becoming a Lead Physiotherapist across musculoskeletal, surgical and respiratory specialisms. During this time, Sam also worked in private practice looking after patients suffering from persistent pain and whiplash injuries. Sam's extensive experience in Wellbeing has led her to take care of those with persistent pain, post-operative conditions, and dysfunctional breathing to endurance athletes, Ironman and Olympic distance triathletes.

Sam moved full time into private practice two years ago and has loved every minute! Now, having moved back to the South Coast, Sam is delighted to offer her services at SWEAT Southsea. During her career, Sam has added Pilates Instructor, Yoga Teacher and Special Interest in Spinal Health with cognitive functional therapy to her training. Sam's broad, holistic experience means that she is able to look after people, not just their conditions and she prides herself on quality treatments that are also enjoyable.

Sam is a member of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine and the Australian Physiotherapy And Pilates Institute.


Personal Trainer & Sports Massage Therapist Yasmin Antonia BSc (Hons)

Personal Trainer & Sports Massage Therapist Yasmin Antonia BSc (Hons)

Yasmin Antonia BSc (Hons) is a Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist.

Yasmin is also a Level 3 Personal Trainer qualified in Exercise Referral.

Yasmin is focused on gaining knowledge and understanding in all aspects of sport and exercise and keeps up with new developments in research so that she can provide the best information and advice to her clients.


STOTT Pilates instructor Amanda Miller

STOTT Pilates instructor Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller is a STOTT Pilates instructor trained at the International STOTT HQ in Toronto, Canada.

STOTT Pilates is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. This form of Pilates incorporates modern exercise principles and applies proven and accepted practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. 

Amanda is keen to work with people to help with their athletic conditioning, injury rehabilitation and improve their mind-body connection to create a more holistic view of physical training and enjoying life. Since joining the team Amanda has partnered with some of the city's leading injury specialists. 

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Clinic Times

Alexandra, Sports Therapy, Pregnancy Massage and 1-1 APPI Pilates: Thursday's and Saturday's

George, Sports Therapy: Tuesday's, Wednesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's

Yasmin, Sports Massage Therapy: Monday's and Friday's

Sam, 1-1 APPI Pilates, Physiotherapy and Yoga Clinic: Tuesday's


Conditions we treat:

  • Joint mobility and stiffness
  • Back and neck pain
  • Trapped nerves
  • Muscle strains and tears
  • Arthritis
  • Cartilage/meniscal problems
  • Poor posture
  • Tendon issues including tennis elbow, achilles tendinopothy etc 
  • Ligament damage including ankle sprains, ACL etc
  • Slipped discs
  • Shoulder, knee and ankle injuries
  • Muscular imbalances
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches and migraines

Services and treatments:

  • Sports Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports Massage Therapy
  • Private, semi-private and small group Pilates (APPI)
  • Private, semi-private and small group Yoga
  • Pre and Post Operative Rehab
  • Post Road Traffic Accident
  • Movement screening
  • Injury prevention planning and prehabilitation
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Return to play fitness testing
  • Gait analysis
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Myofascial release (MFR)

Sports Therapy and Sports Injury Rehabilitation

Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at SWEAT Southsea

Active and integrated recovery from injury and pain.

Whether you have been injured running, playing sport, in the gym or injured at work - Sports Therapy can help. If you have pain or simply want to move better, we can help. The days of bed rest are long gone.

In the early stages of rehabilitation after an injury or an operation, the aim is to protect the area from further harm, promote tissue healing and allow recovery. We will guide you through this process, with advice and treatment designed to allow healing, reduction of pain and restoration of movement. After a full and thorough consultation, a comprehensive biomechanical and movement assessment will be performed and any joint and muscle imbalances assessed. Then an individualised rehab program will be tailored to address any movement deficiencies and dysfunctions that might be contributing to your pain or injury. A combination of therapeutic techniques is used including soft-tissue and manual therapy techniques and taping where appropriate. Once pain is gone and biological healing has occurred, we emphasise an active, integrated, performance-based approach to rehab orientated towards a return to full activity at the highest possible level for you.

By focusing on what you can do, not what you can’t, allowing as much as possible to train around an injury, the path to recovery starts as early as possible.


Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is the bringing together of clinical knowledge with rehabilitation, health promotion and exercise to help restore and optimise physical function an overall wellbeing.

An initial physiotherapy session involves obtaining a full history, understanding your lifestyle, and a conducting a detailed exploration of your problem. This is then followed by a physical examination, full explanation of the condition, and education on management. Our Physiotherapist Sam uses evidence based treatment approaches to implement the best techniques. She believes that physiotherapy is a journey and encourages you to ask questions and ensures that you are fully informed on the best route to recovery. If we feel that you need a little more support or investigation we will let you know and advise on who may be best to seek advice from.


Sports Massage Therapy

Balance is key in life and when exercising its important to give back to the body.

Photo of sports massage therapy at SWEAT Southsea, Portsmouth

When we train and exercise we are breaking down the body. The body is in a catabolic state, using not only energy stores but hormones as well. Aiming to be at 100% means we need homeostasis (balance of hormones). This is difficult when our lifestyles are hectic but it is important to remember that our body functions with no questions to why and without barriers. It’s a powerful machine and we need it to keep up with us. To do so, recovery is essential, meaning creating an anabolic state, where the body repairs and restores, enabling progress in performance both physically and mentally. So what can help us? We use our skeletal muscles to exercise and when doing so, invite 'Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness'. Sports massage can help alleviate 'DOMS' and in hand speed up recovery aiding the rate of progression in performance. By increasing the flow of blood through blood vessels, waste products can be taken away to lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are cleaners, and therefore their job is to excrete waste products from the blood stream if unable to diffuse back into the capillaries. With this promotion of blood circulation through massage, tissue regeneration, reduction in adhesions (caused through repetitive movement, reducing flexibility) and enhanced immunity by stimulating lymph flow are just some physiological benefits. Psychological benefits can be experienced too. A sports massage will indicate a message/s to the central nervous system picked up from the peripheral nervous system (sensors: touch). This message will slowly enable the muscles to enter a deeper relaxation by triggering the golgi tendon organs, telling the muscles to switch off and lengthen. Whilst in this state the body will experience a decrease in function; this is called a parasympathetic response. A parasympathetic response is known to release endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller and a ‘feel good’ hormone. Your body will feel lighter, more flexible and more importantly well recovered. Massage therapy is a powerfull ally in your exercise regime.


Pilates

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Pilates at SWEAT Southsea offers a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates.

Both APPI and STOTT Pilates are advanced exercise methodologies designed to improve your core strength (key in protecting the spine) and to remove imbalances within the body which may predispose you to injury. Pilates will also help you improve posture, balance and flexibility.

These methods of Pilates are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It is beneficial for everyone to improve muscular strength throughout the body. It is recommended for people with back pain as it helps to develop muscular strength in the back and abdominal region as well as improving spinal mobility, all of which are important to the treatment and prevention of back pain. It is also great for athletes to energise muscular slings and correct muscle firing patterns as well as helping with posture. 


Pregnancy Massage with Alexandra Cunningham

For mums to be, a prenatal routine can be daunting, and pregnancy massage often not thought of. But pregnancy massage can help ease back pain, swollen legs and fatigue. Benefits include:

  • A reduction in discomfort through muscle spasm, cramp, tension and back ache.
  • Stimulate soft tissue to reduce swelling, often seen as swollen ankles in pregnancy and disperse fluid retention.
  • Boost energy levels and relieve fatigue
  • Promote relaxation and reduce stress
  • Ease digestive problems
  • Improve circulation and enhance blood flow to the womb
  • Encourage a healthy and strong internal environment for the baby to grow in
  • Promote homeostasis or balance when bodily systems are working harmoniously
  • Sciatic pain
  • Pregnancy massage can also help improve quality of sleep and provide relief from headaches

Pregnancy massage is tailored specifically to the needs of the pregnant woman and their changing bodies.


Clinic Times

Alexandra, Sports Therapy, Pregnancy Massage and 1-1 APPI Pilates: Thursday's and Saturday's

George, Sports Therapy: Tuesday's, Wednesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's

Yasmin, Sports Massage Therapy: Monday's and Friday's

Sam, 1-1 APPI Pilates, Physio and Yoga Clinic: Tuesday's

Please note, booking is required in advance and we operate a 24 hour cancellation policy. We reserve the right to charge you for a late cancellation should you be unable to notify us within the 24 hours.


The SWEAT Southsea Injury Clinic Blog


The Sports Injury Clinic at SWEAT Southsea

Terms and conditions and useful information

We are located at: 166 Haslemere Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO4 9AS

Therapy clients should wear or bring shorts.

Gift vouchers are available upon request.

Please note that booking is required in advance and that we operate a 24 hour cancellation policy. We reserve the right to charge you for a late cancellation should you be unable to notify us within the 24 hours.

We have private bathrooms, complete with showers for your comfort. All of our facilities are fully accessible. Our gym is a mobile phone-free zone. Lockers are provided for personal items. We request all clients wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Cooled water is available for clients.

Getting here by car: We are located at 166 Haslemere Road in a residential area. No parking permits are required. Getting here by train: We are a ten minute walk from Fratton train station. Getting here by bicycle: We have plenty of cycle rack space in our lobby; please bring your own locks. Getting here with UBER: Sign up with CODE SWEATFIT15 for a free £15 ride! (First time users only)