Sports Therapy is similar to that of Physiotherapy in the modality of treatment. It focuses on posture, movement and and musculoskletal imbalances and weaknesses and can be uses for a wide range of medical conditions. It is a safe and natural approach to healthcare, working to restore your body to a state of health and balance.
A variety of techniques are used depending on the individual and symptoms such as electrotherapy, massage and joint articulation (a gentle rhythmic movement of a joint).
All of these techniques work to:
- Relieve muscle tension and manage inflammation.
- Improve the function and range of motion of joints.
- Enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues to help your bodies own healing mechanism.
- Correct postural imbalances.
- Breakdown scar tissue and adhesion’s within the muscles.
- Prevent further injury to the area.
Sports Therapy can help with a vast range of conditions and injuries. While renowned for treating only sporting problems, sports therapists can help with a variety of problems.
Here is a list of some of the conditions Sports Therapy can help with
- Back Pain (acute and chronic)
- Whiplash Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Muscle/tendon/ligament injuries
- Tennis/ Golfers Elbow
- Frozen Shoulder
- Post Injury Rehabilitation
- Daily Living
- Neck Pain
- Joint Problems
- Shoulder Pain
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Lower Limb Biomechanics
Your first treatment. What to expect
On your first appointment a detailed case history will be taken covering your current symptoms and medical background. If you have copies of any x-rays or scans taken please bring them with you along with a list of any medications you are taking.
A physical examination is then conducted for which you may be asked to undress to your underwear to allow a clear view of your posture, biomechanics and the area of symptoms. It is important that you feel relaxed and at ease during the treatment so if you would prefer please bring shorts and a vest top.
You will be asked to perform some basic movements to see how your body functions, then a variety of specific tests are used to identify the cause of your symptoms and form a diagnosis. Once this has been reached I will discuss with you what I think the problem is and the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively.
You will also be advised on things to do at home to help manage your symptoms and prevent them from re-occurring, such as stretches and exercises to help correct and strengthen your posture.
If I think that your condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, you will be advised about how to seek further care. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP.
Please allow up to 1 hour for your first appointment. Follow up treatments will be up to 30 minutes.