Sports Therapy – Injury Rehabilitation
Sports therapy is a manual therapy with a focus on the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation following sports-type injuries and orthopaedic surgery. It’s a great therapy to assist getting you back to fitness in the safest, most optimal way.
What is Sports Therapy?
It takes 3+ years of degree-level training to become a sports therapist. This training covers all relevant aspects of
- human anatomy
- additional specific sports therapy training such as sports massage
- advanced injury diagnosis
- joint-mobilisation techniques
- exercise rehabilitation training
With all this training, a sports therapist has a wealth of knowledge to help you achieve your goals. Some of the techniques our sports therapist may use include:
Sports massage, deep tissue massage and manipulation.
Sports massage is when a therapist uses techniques that work upon the deeper layers within the muscle. The aim is to ‘unstick’ and re-model muscle fibres to relieve tension, increase circulation and promote optimal healing.
A technique which helps promote the body’s natural healing process. It provides stability to joints and muscles without restricting range of movement. The correct application of kinesio tape can help promote circulation and provides extended soft tissue stimulation. This will help reduce the pain caused by inflammation and assists with recovery.
Exercise-based rehabilitation advice.
Following an injury, it is often a bad idea to immediately return to your normal exercise routine. The risk of re-injury is often much higher without planned and targeted strengthening and mobility training. The aim of a bespoke rehabilitation program is to get you back to pre-injury fitness levels by restoring strength, flexibility, power and endurance in a safe, considered manner designed ro minimise the risk of re-injury.
When might I see a sports therapist?
Following orthopaedic trauma or surgery
specific, focussed rehabilitation, designed with your injury and ability in mind can speed your journey back to health
a sports therapists advice and technique will help correct soft tissue dysfunction – assisting you to train more efficiently and reduces your risk of injury
to prepare your body for competition by loosening muscles and improving blood flow – allowing peak performance
assist speedy recovery by reducing muscle tension and increasing circulation – critical for efficient muscle repair and growth
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