Sports Therapy can help you to prevent injury, recover from Injury, help you achieve your physical goals and even help prepare for sporting endeavor.
Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.
Using Sports Therapy treatment modalities tailored to you, I can select which to use for you to obtain your goals. Examples of these can be, exercise, manual therapy (massage & joint mobilisations), stretching, and taping.
The purpose of sports massage is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity.
Sports massage is defined as a collection of massage techniques performed on athletes or active individuals for the purpose of aiding recovery or treating pathology.
Massage will help to drain away fatigue, to reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility, prevent injuries, relieve swelling and prepare the body for optimal physical activity.
Trigger Point Release
The purpose of trigger point release is to relieve the pain and tension associated with ‘muscle knots’
‘Trigger point’ is the clinical term for a ‘muscle knot’. Trigger points are extremely common and can occur at any age, in almost any skeletal muscle in the body. They are strongly associated with any sort of injury or pathology, surgery, poor posture or faulty movement pattern.
There are a number of ways to treat these trigger points, from direct digital pressure, to gentle touch and often form part of a sports massage.
Rock blades are a medical grade stainless steel tools designed for Instrument Assited Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM). The tools add another means to work the soft tissues in a very effective manner. They can be used for fascial mobilisation, muscluar tension, firing up lazy muscles and calming down overactive muscles. The tools help to gain range of movement, ease of mobility and reduction of pain.
Clinical Pilates can help you to recover from back pain, improve posture and optimize function.
Clinical Pilates is a conditioning exercise programme that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve overall central core stability and posture.
A personal assessment would identify your preferred movement direction, and associated exercises can be prescribed to reduce pain, facilitate recovery and improve function.
Running Gait Analysis
Running technique can take a number of forms, but sometimes your running style might be contributing to your injuries.
Running Gait Analysis uses slo-mo video techology to analyse your running gait, and identify where alterations may be needed; guiding your rehab, exercise prescription and training.
Running Gait Analysis can be used to help with injury recovery, injury prevention and performance enhancement.
Kinesiology taping is thought to aid function and reduce pain. It activates stretch receptors in the muscle and provides feedback to the brain.The tape provides support to recovering joints without being restrictive, allowing you to actively exercise and rehabilitate.
An assessment of your needs would identify if tape would benefit you. Application of tape can be part of your session, and repeat applications could be arranged.