What is sports therapy?
Sports therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal injury. It is a discipline that aims to help get the client back to full, functional, occupational and sports specific fitness in the fastest but safest possible time regardless of age and ability. It utilises the principles of Sports and Exercise Sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and work. Sports Therapists aim to identify movement and training patterns that can or have lead to an injury and educate clients on how to avoid falling in to these bad habits.
What type of problems can sports therapy help?
We treat any musculoskeletal injuries or pain, for example:-
- Sports Injuries
- Back and neck pain
- Muscular aches and pains
- Joint pain
- Sprains and strains
- Tendon pain
- Nerve pain
- Work related injuries
- Stress related injuries
- Repetitive Strain Injury
What should I wear?
It is necessary for your sports therapy to see as much of your alignment and posture as possible to be able to determine the root causes of your problem, therefore, shorts and a loose fitting t-shirt are advised. If you are happy to do so, you may be asked to remove your t-shirt.
How long does each session last?
The initial session will most probably last around 1 hour. Subsequent sessions may not last as long, depending on the amount of treatment needed or that your body can take.
How many sessions will I need?
This all depends on the injury itself, how your body responds to the treatment and whether you do your homework. Our aim is to return you to full functional fitness within the shortest but safest possible time.
What does the treatment involve?
Your sports therapist will determine the best treatment for your complaint based on a full and comprehensive assessment. The most common treatment techniques are:-
- Deep tissue/soft tissue massage
- Joint mobilisation techniques
- Stretching and lengthening techniques
- Trigger point therapy
- Exercise therapy
- Taping and strapping
- Injury prevention/screening
Will I receive treatment on my initial session?
The initial session is primarily used to discuss with you, in depth, the nature of your problem, determine the mechanism of injury, what aggravates and eases it, what type of pain you are experiencing and your previous injury history. A full physical assessment will then be performed to identify exactly what is causing your complaint. If there is time after this then your sports therapist may provide you with some initial treatment and home exercises to start with.
Will the treatment be painful?
The treatment can result in some discomfort during or afterwards but it is very controlled and you will not be pushed in to pain. Your sports therapist will show you how to best deal with this.
Is parking available?
Yes, there is free on street parking outside.
How will payment be taken?
Cash or cheque are accepted.
Can I stop the treatment at any time?
Do I have to pay a cancellation fee?
There is a 100% cancellation fee if you do not inform your sports therapist more than 24 hours before your treatment time.
Do I need to see my Doctor first?
If you are unsure of what is causing you pain, have felt unwell, experienced unexplained weight loss or generally are concerned then yes, please do see your doctor first. If your sports therapist thinks that your symptoms need further investigation then you may be referred to your doctor for clearance before your treatment can commence.