The Paralympic games are nearly over, but we bet your pain isn’t!

Sep 6, 2021

For those of us who are not familiar, the Paralympic Games, is a major international sports competition for athletes with disabilities. Much like the Olympic Games, the Paralympics are split into Winter Games and Summer Games, which alternately occur every two years.

Many of the same Olympic events are included—such as Alpine skiingcross-country skiing, and biathlon for winter sports and cycling, archery, and swimming for summer sports—although sports equipment for the Paralympics may be modified for specific disabilities. Since the late 20th century, the Paralympics have been held in the same city that hosts the corresponding Olympic Games; the Paralympics follow shortly after the Olympics conclude. 

In the world of physiotherapy, sports people make up a high percentage of our patients. Mostly, due to the fact that they are competitive athletes who wish to operate at maximum strength and agility during their games. Because of this we frequently see athletes’ pre-competition to help them reach the peak of their physical ability with sports massages and clinical Pilates. However, it is not uncommon for a sports person to have pain following an injury or due to overtraining during their game seasons. 

Sports injuries are something we see a lot of during sporting seasons whether a patient is a professional sports person or an amateur, getting injured is equally as possible! Roughly 90% of sports injuries require a rehabilitation period. This is something that our Paralympians can relate to as they will have faced many challenges to overcome their conditions and circumstances and still be able to compete. We treat injuries in our clinic with a holistic approach based on each individual patient’s needs. We consider ourselves to be innovators in this department as on top of our individualistic approach to healing we also incorporate evidence-based therapies which our sports people benefit from greatly. Technologies such as TECAR therapy and VIBRA.30 are popular among our sports people for their ability to speed up the natural healing process, aiding in faster recovery and less down-time from competing.

The majority of sports injuries are either a recent injury as a result of sporting or a pre-existing condition but still wishes to continue on with sport.

The latter applies to our Paralympians and that is why at this year’s Paralympic event in Tokyo, there has been CSP Physiotherapist’s on site ready to treat the athletes pre and post games to ensure they are physically well and able to compete at maximum ability without any complications or set-backs. Physiotherapists are largely on site at most major sporting events, but it is particularly essential for our Paralympians as they have particular needs that trained Physiotherapists are able to easily deduce and manage based on condition, familiarity with disabilities, and understandings of the bodies biomechanics to provide the best care.

At ALO clinic, we know all types of sports people can benefit from Physiotherapy and understand that each sports person’s journey is different and so are their goals. This is why we provide individual plans of care to each patient to ensure we work together through the rehabilitation process and achieve each patients’ goals. 

If you believe you may be suffering from a sports related injury or are managing a pre-existing condition but would like to get back to sports – why not book a FREE 15-minute discovery visit? 

In this complimentary visit you will have a chance to speak to a physio about your needs/and or condition/concerns and they will let you know how we can help you and if physio is right for you.

To book an appointment or a discovery visit, call us on: 0207 636 8845


Since seeing Louise (following an Achilles rupture repair), I have:

- Made it back onto tennis / squash courts to (tentatively!) celebrate 1 year anniversary of my surgery 
- Ran my fastest 10k at 43.57! 
- Ran 5k in 21:30 (vs pre-surgery PB of 20:18) 
- I increased my single leg calf lift to 59 kg (vs ~18 kg initially a few months ago) 
- I had a final appt with my consultant, who discharged me while congratulating me on a wonderful recovery

All the above is to illustrate that I'm absolutely delighted with the progress I have made since last summer when I couldn't do anything and the outlook seemed bleak. I'll be forever grateful for Louise’s guidance and support as I've navigated the long road back from my injury, and I appreciate the continued advice to help me prepare for more dynamic activity. Louise has been really fantastic and I couldn't have asked for better care.

Recovering from a full Achilles rupture. Started my work with Nina in feb and my progress has only been positive and upwards and I am almost at full speed again. Nina put me back together again almost from scratch. She is the best physio I have ever worked with and will again. Very knowledgable and very hard working. Can’t recommend enough.


What a great find! My orthopaedic surgeon recommended them and I can't rate Luigi, Gloria and the team more highly. Excellent service and very effective treatment- recovering nicely!


I am 84 years old, and have always been fit and healthy and exercised regularly. 3 years ago I underwent emergency surgery for peritonitis, and had a colonoscopy bag for 6 months and straight after surgery to reversal of the stoma. After this surgery I felt my legs very weak. To complete my drama, during the last summer I developed an abdominal hernia and had surgery for hernia repair. This made me even weaker specially at my legs. I have recovered but felt weak. I started my sessions at ALO Physiotherapy at the beginning of January, with the Vibra Machine combined with specific exercises. I have now recovered my body strength, particularly in the legs. I am now walking normally and without pain. I am delighted!


Great clinic with great people! I was so lucky to find this clinic and even more when I met Andre. He's a very talented therapist and a wonderful person who makes you feel comfortable every time. He helped me to resolve my back problems in few appointments and I will be always grateful to him! From my experience is the best clinic in London and I highly recommend them without any doubts!


One of the best physiotherapy centres in the world! The professionalism and knowledge of this centre amazed me.


I am so glad I found this clinic. Luigi has been amazing. After my 1st session I felt an improvement and now have ALOT more movement and significant reduction in pain. I couldn’t recommend this clinic & Luigi enough. So helpful and flexible whenever I have needed to amend appointments. Every one is fantastic. I will continue to come here for as long as I need.


Andre is the best physiotherapist I came across. As a dedicated martial arts practitioner, I regularly use his services. He has always managed to fix my various back and leg injuries. I would recommend Alo Physiotherapy to anyone who suffers from body pain.


Where do I begin? The journey has been too long with Andre Oliveira and ALO Clinic , as he helped me both physically and mentally to overcome an injury I had in both of my knees. A small injury , after following wrong treatment became chronic and I found myself unable to walk/stand/run and do the simplest things- the mental impact was worse. I was introduced to Andre by Eleftherios Pavlidis who runs Laertion in Athens. lefteris with his team were the first to accommodate the problem and told me what I need to do. As a Londoner, I was introduced to Andre and ALO Clinic, and the rest is history. Since February 2017 when I had the first session with Andre and he identified the biomechanic nature of the problem, along with the use of Tecar the results were visible after one month. Since then, along with personal effort and strengthening I did always guided by Andre, I the problem is restored and the pain is gone. I highly recommend ALO Physiotherapy Clinic , and Andre Oliveira for anyone who suffers from sport injuries , amateurs or professional top athletes.


Very professional staff and friendly environment. I felt a lot better after very first session. Appointment are easily available. I would definitely recommend this place


The care I received from ALO Physiotherapy was outstanding from the first session to the last. Sessions with Louise were informative as well as practical, allowing me to understand the context/logic behind treatment as well as tips to prevent future injuries. Louise was always readily available to answer my questions and the treatment process was collaborative rather than being prescriptive. Beyond the expertise of the team the quality of the equipment and facilities was incredibly high and aided my recovery significantly. I would recommend ALO Physiotherapy to anyone who requires physiotherapy treatment in the Marylebone area.

ALO is an excellent well-run clinic and Louise Hynes who looked after me is a superb physiotherapist. Louise is knowledgeable, skilled and very efficient at her job. My sore shoulder was sorted out in no time thanks to her. Thank you, Louise, and thank you ALO.

Julian Webber, Harley Street Endodontist.

ALO is an excellent well-run clinic and Louise Hynes who looked after me is a superb physiotherapist. Louise is knowledgeable, skilled and very efficient at her job. My sore shoulder was sorted out in no time thanks to her. Thank you, Louise, and thank you ALO.

Julian Webber, Harley Street Endodontist.

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