Sports therapy is physical assessment, manual therapy treatment and active rehabilitation to facilitate a return to sport and activities of daily living. In short, getting you to where you need to be, faster.
What to expect
My priority from the outset is to get you back to sport progressively, so you can expect assessment, treatment and ‘homework’ – exercises that enable you to play an active role in your rehabilitation. Nobody wants to be told to rest and come back in two weeks – complete rest is not progressive, almost never appropriate, and does not fit the approach of my clinic.
What we treat
Whether your injury is sports related or not I can still help – the following are some of the more common injuries I see in the clinic:
Frozen shoulder, impingement, rotator cuff ruptures, tennis and golfer’s elbow, repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, migraines, back pain, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, groin strain, hamstring rupture, IT band friction syndrome, patellofemoral pain, shin splints, runner’s knee, plantar fasciitis, sprained ankle
Is it just sports massage?
Sports massage is great for general relaxation and recovery after a hard training session or a stressful week in the office, but it has its limits. To treat soft tissue dysfunctions more effectively I also use the following techniques:
Soft Tissue Mobilisation
Deep Transverse Frictions
Trigger Point Therapy
Muscle Energy Techniques
Soft Tissue Release
Treating causes, not just symptoms
Hand and wrist pain caused by tension around the shoulder, knee pain caused by poor hip stability, these are just some examples of how dysfunction in one area can cause pain in another. Based on postural and joint assessment, my aim is to treat the root cause of pain and injury, which may involve working on the hip to treat the knee, or working around the shoulder to treat the hand.
Benefits of regular treatment
My most injury-free, high performing and happiest clients are, not surprisingly, those who come for regular treatment. Whatever your ability or goals, when you demand a lot from your body you need to look after it – this means having your muscles worked regularly to improve recovery from training, helping to prevent minor niggles becoming season-ending injuries.