PHYSIOTHERAPY has a specialist area being the management of Sports Injuries which allows the effective diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries. (See Mahala Patel & Kerry-Lee Skellham)
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 & Aleksandra Kolesnikova )
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. (see Mike Ejenas)
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 , Aleksandra Kolesnikova & Hannah Hawkins )
ACUPUNCTURE FOR SPORTS INJURIES Acupuncture & Cupping. These 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 Jose Lacey).
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)
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 Mahala Patel)
MYOFACIAL DRY CUPPING Dry cupping works well in conjunction with traditional sports and deep tissue massage, as the lifting effect provided from the cups works synergistically with the downward pressure application of manual massage. (See Aleksandra)
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