Sports Therapy is an aspect of medical health care, focused on the prevention of injury, management and rehabilitation of the patient back to full functional sports or occupational fitness.
Sports Therapy isn't just for the sports person. Postural problems and day to day living will lead to imbalance in strength and flexibility and this is something that Sports Therapy can help with.
As Sports Therapists we are able to assess and treat a wide variety of injuries, from acute (new) to chronic (old) problems, postural and biomechanical faults in sporting and non sporting bodies.
All musckuloskeletal (MSK) issues can be addressed, much like a Physiotherapist, we spent 3 years studying for the degree in MSK, specialising in Sports and daily dysfunctions.
We are regulated by the Society of Sports Therapists
I work in Offington Osteopath Clinic with the gorgeous Alison Fricker and three other osteopaths and a massage therapist. Between us as a team we can refer if necessary to give you what you need best. I specialise in using Muscle Activation techniques these days as I believe they trump conventional sports therapy/rehabilitation in terms of immediate results and returning the body to it's most efficient state for survival (ie. breathing well and moving efficiently). I still use medical acupunture in treatments and sports massage where necessary but generally most hands on treatments start with muscle activation - The Be Activated method by Douglas Heel.
Sports Massage should play an important part in the life of any sportsman or woman, and those who are less active too. It is beneficial whether you are injured or not.
Massage has a number of benefits both physical, physiological and psychological. It can help maintain the body in better condition, prevent injuries and loss of range of movement, restore mobility to injured muscle tissue, boost performance and extend the overall life of your sporting career.
Stretching of tissues
Breaking down scar tissue
Removing lactic acid and promoting recovery
Improvement of range of movement due to muscle tightness
Boost well being