Are you regularly involved in sports? If so, then you would do well to discover how sports therapy could help your performance.
If you are not a sports person, you may experience discomfort or muscular tension arising from everyday activities or even sitting in front of a desk all day. Sport therapy provides relief from musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction through the use of various massage techniques. Advanced techniques can help alleviate the symptoms of conditions such as: sinusitis, migraines, tension headaches, repetitive strain injury, asthma, frozen shoulder, IBS and carpel tunnel syndrome. Postural improvements can include reduction off back and neck pain plus improved flexibility and range of movement.
Sports therapists work to prevent and treat injuries when they occur, and rehabilitate you back to full fitness. A sports therapist may be involved in any of the following:
- assessments of your fitness level and advising on exercises prior to an event
- testing joints for ease and range of movement, pain and dysfunction
- mentally and physically preparing you before a competition and using strapping, taping and massage techniques where necessary
- examining and assessing injuries and determining whether you can continue safely with the activity
- helping to prepare you both mentally and physically
- advising about stretching and warming up exercises
- designing and implementing rehabilitation and detox programmes
- advising about nutrition, diet and lifestyle issues
- treating and mobilising injuries to alleviate pain
- rehabilitating injuries by using manual therapy techniques, apparatus and electrotherapy
- utilising sports and exercise principles to optimise performance, preparation and injury prevention programmes
- assess, treat and, where appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention.
- provide appropriate sport and remedial massage in a sport and exercise context
Sports therapists will possess massage skills that are an integral part of their scope of practice. They will apply physiotherapy skills (physiotherapy is defined as ‘the treatment of disease, injury or deformity by physical methods including massage, heat treatment, electricity and exercise, rather than drugs or surgery’).
To find a sports therapist: www.sportstherapyassociation.co.uk/site/