SPORTS THERAPISTS are highly educated in dealing with musculoskeletal disorders, treating pain and injury through hands-on treatment modalities, rehabilitation and patient education. (See Kim Bullock)
CHIROPRACTORS can provide not only relief from the pain of such injuries, but also aid you in getting better, faster. Injuries are commonly caused to ligaments and tissue that connects bones and muscles. Trauma to a ligament is known as a sprain, whereas trauma to a muscle is known as a strain. These can be major, or minor, but often put people out of action for periods longer than they could ever have hoped. Your chiropractor can aid you and your injury and ensure a fast recovery. (see Lianne Norfolk)
OSTEOPATHY identifies problems relating to the muscles, bones and tissues; this broad approach helps to identify wider issues which can contribute to localised pain or specific complaints. In sport, osteopathy is often used as a preventive measure in order to keep the body in optimum condition and to reduce the risk of injury in the future. This is achieved by keeping the muscles loose and warm prior to a game or match and allowing the muscles to relax and cool at the end; massage is often used to ensure the muscles are relaxed. (see Robert McGregor)
SPORTS MASSAGE can play an important part in the life of any sportsman or woman whether they are injured or not. Massage has a number of benefits both physical, physiological and psychological. It can help maintain the body in generally better condition, prevent injuries and loss of mobility, cure and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue, boost performance and extend the overall life of your sporting career. (See Kim Bullock & Shirley Marriott)
SPORTS NUTRITIONIST the aim of a sports nutritionist is to create a nutrition plan for an individual’s training needs. The plan will incorporate both food and hydration. It doesn’t matter if you're casually exercising, training for a professional event or recovering from injury, sports nutrition is integral to performance. (see Faye Baxter)
ACUPUNCTURE FOR SPORTS INJURIES Acupuncture, Cupping and Tuina. These three branches of Chinese Medicine either individually or in combination can work marvels with a whole range of sports related issues both for acute and chronic injury, as well as helping prevent future injuries (see Dominic Rushmore).
BIOMECHANICS An assessment for anyone experiencing pain in the lower back or lower limb whilst walking or taking part in sports or if experiencing a general feeling of instability.
Other health professionals may suggest an assessment particularly if a patient is not responding as well as expected to their specific treatment. (see Kerri Money)
INTERFERENTIAL THERAPY is an effective therapy option used by many physiotherapy clinics to relieve pain and accelerate the self-healing process, getting your body back to a healthy, pain free state. Electrodes are placed on your skin around the injured site. The device then transmits impulses in minute quantities through your skin. Underlying tissue and nerves are stimulated to begin the healing process. This form of therapy is also useful in reducing pain, inflammation. (see Sara Southam & Co)
ULTRASOUND THERAPY is a modality that has been used by physiotherapists since the 1940s. Ultrasound is applied using the head of an ultrasound probe that is placed in direct contact with your skin via a transmission coupling gel. (See Sara Southam & Shirley Marriott)
Who is Sports Therapy suitable for?
-Anyone who is participating in any kind of activity/ sport of any age or ability. (Less than 16 years old need to be with a parent)
-Anyone suffering from muscle tension
-Acute or chronic injury, new or long standing to muscles, ligament, cartilage & tendons
-Spinal problems including: prolapsed discs, degeneration, sciatica, lumbago, stiff/ painful neck and referred arm and leg pains
-Repetitive strain injuries
-Whiplash and associated injuries