Treatment Time: 1.5hrs
Sports therapy is a hands on physical therapy used for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of an injury. If an injury has occurred be it from sports or otherwise, sports therapy is the most effective treatment to ensure a quick recovery and more importantly helps prevent reoccurrence of the injury.
Sports therapy is not only for sports personnel. Anyone suffering form aches and pains due to overworking or straining a muscle/tendon or spraining a ligament can benefit greatly from this treatment.
If you suffer from backache which has come on over time or due to constant lifting or driving long distances, or if you fall and pull a muscle in your shoulder, arm, back or leg this is the treatment for you. If you suffer from tension causing neck pain, shoulder pain etc. sports therapy provides very effective and fast pain relief.
Sports therapy consists of the following process:
- Full Consultation – Carried out to ensure the client has no contra-indications to the treatment.
- Injury history review – Obtains full details of how the injury occurred.
- Posture check – Checks the biomechanics of the body.
- Gait cycle analysis – Reviews how you walk – referral for orthotic examination can be arranged if necessary.
- Joint assessment – Assessment of the joints to check range of motion which determines the degree of damage.
- Palpation – Check for any abnormalities in the muscle structure e.g. adhesions, ruptures, tension etc.
- Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) – Works with the nervous and muscular system to shock the system into releasing the abnormalities in the muscle fibres.
- Cross Fibre Friction (CFF) – This breaks down the adhesion and re-aligns the muscle fibres.
- Soft Tissue Release (STR) – This technique is used for more stubborn adhesions.
- PNF Stretching (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) – This is a type of stretching programme which improves elasticity and flexibility of the muscle.
- Muscle Energy technique (MET) – This strengthens and tones opposing muscle groups improving suppleness, elasticity and muscle balance.
- Full Rehabilitation Programme – Exercise programme aiming to retain/regain normal joint mobility and muscle strength, which are prone to be lost after injury. Phase 1 – stretching, Phase 2 – muscle contraction, Phase 3 muscle contraction with resistance.
- Sports therapy is a very effective therapy for the treatment of:
- Whiplash Lower back pain Jumpers knee
- Neck pain Hamstring strain Compartment syndrome
- Frozen shoulder Quadriceps strain Achilles tendonitis
- Rotator cuff injury Runners knee Ankle sprain
- Tennis elbow Golfers elbow Wrist sprain