What is Sports Therapy?
People are often confused about what therapy or therapist to chose when seeking help for an injury or specific muscular pain. Sports therapy is manual physical therapy using a range of soft tissue techniques to treat pain, break down scar tissue and adhesions, lengthen and strengthen muscles and resolve muscular imbalances and dysfunction. If you have an issue which is causing pain, stopping or reducing certain movements or causing muscular weakness, we can probably help. We use a variety of techniques depending on the nature of injury/issue, and pain level and use the most appropriate techniques to treat:
Trigger Point Therapy – is a highly effective manual therapy that releases pain through deactivating trigger points, a tight area within the fascia of a specific muscle (often referred to as a muscle knot) that can cause extreme pain and can refer pain to other parts of the body.
Soft Tissue Release – assisted stretching of shortened muscle fibres to increase length.
MET’s (Muscle Energy Techniques) – is an effective technique to both lengthen and strengthen specific muscles with reduced range of motion, and can involve both passive and active movement.
Soft Tissue Mobilisation – is a form of manual physical therapy to mobilise muscles, ligaments and fascia with the goal of breaking down adhesions between muscles, tendons and ligaments which can be a cause of pain and reduced range of movement.
Peripheral Joint Mobilisations – passive joint mobilisation done by your therapist to increase range of movement, decrease pain, breaking down adhesions and releasing fascia. Passive joint mobilisations take the muscles out of the equation, improving peripheral joint mobility.
Myofascial Release – a specialised manual therapy used for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of fascial tension and restrictions. Myofascial release is particularly effective for postural re-alignment.
Ultrasound – uses soundwaves over a specific area of pain in a muscle, tendon or ligament to break down scar tissue and adhesions, and speed up the body’s healing process.
Electrotherapy – uses electrical signals at different frequencies to interfere with the transmission of neural pain signals into the brain. It effectively slows down or distracts the message from the nerve to the brain. Electrotherapy can also be effective in speeding up tissue healing where tissue damage has occurred.
Kinesiology taping – is thought to activate stretch receptors in the soft tissue which feedback to the brain. This can help to aid function and reduce pain. It also offers dynamic support without restriction during activity. We use SPORTTAPE FLEX, a highly durable and reputable product from Wales.
Postural Assessments – completing a thorough assessment of your posture will allow the therapist to understand possible causes of pain through muscular imbalance and consequent dysfunction.
Exercise therapy – a programme of physical activity including specific stretching and strengthening exercises designed for specific therapeutic goals.