From tight backs restricted necks or just relieving the stresses and strains that happen to people from everyday life.
Right from when I open the door to clients I would be looking at their posture,
how they are standing and how they walk so when they go past me as they go into the treatment room. I will then be looking at their structure their feet, how they walk and just getting a general impression of what that all looks like.
What I am doing now. I’m just looking at how Steph is presenting her posture and just looking at some key features here.
I’m looking at how the shoulders are aligned.
Looking at how the head and the neck are aligned.
So if I can see more of one side of Steph’s face what we would have here is some sort of issue with the shoulders and the neck as well.
But all of this looks to be really straight.
But what does come across is this issue with the right hand side.
You can see that Steph’s hip is slightly posturely rotated here.
And if you just look at this line on the floorboard you can see just how far back the foot is actually drawn.
So what we’ve got here and what Steph is describing and what we are seeing with the body is that we are going to have a tightness here in the lower back.
Also we are probably going have some tightness in the gluts here and maybe down into the hamstrings as well which is going to be causing all that tightness in that structural defect in the right hand side.
Once we sit down and start the review of what the clients issue is I will be looking at them and watching to see if they have got any restrictions in the neck or the back or anything like that at all.
But also listening to the answers that they give to the questions because it is interesting what they don’t tell you, a lot of people will tell you what they think you want to hear rather than what is actually happening in their body.
So if we just give Steph’s right leg a little bit of rotation we can see that it starts to bind here. So there’s restricted movement so this will be coming from the muscles in the lower back and down through the gluts and what we should have in terms of movement here this leg should actually come out to about this point here.
So we would use some muscle energy technique to relieve that and get that full range of movement back in and if we come back the other way as well we see that the leg starts to bind at this point and again what we would need is muscle energy technique to relieve all of that off as the leg should actually come flat of the left hand leg.
So from the first time that they book an appointment to come and see me we start to understand what the issue is.
We do a full diagnosis of what is going on and we start to treat the issue immediately.
Sports Therapy focuses on the prevention of injury and finding the best ways to get you back to your healthy, vibrant best. My treatments aim to alleviate postural problems, repetitive strain injuries, back, neck and shoulder pain or specific injury conditions experienced by athletes.
However, Sports Therapy also works very well for the more sedentary and is very effective in treating more “every day” pain; perhaps you’re a student or an office worker, who spends a considerable part of the day at a desk. Or, perhaps you’re someone who drives a lot and spends long periods at the wheel. The human body has amazing strength and resilience. However, our muscles, tendons and ligaments can get overloaded or damaged. Once this happens, our bodies start to over compensate (hunching our shoulders for example), causing pain and dysfunction. Sports Therapy will use the principles of sports and exercise sciences to reduce and get rid of your discomfort. You’ll benefit from rapid relief as well as an effective future maintenance programme to minimise the risk of further injury.
Sports therapy is a proactive take on injuries. In addition to looking after people who have been injured, sports therapy also works on preventing injuries before they even happen.
It deals essentially with physical issues like broken bones and sprained muscles with the help of procedures like back rubs and electrotherapy, and also keeping up wellness through eating routine and work out.
The courses that a sports therapist has to take include subjects on physiotherapy, dietetics, and physical health.
Sports Therapy is a part of healthcare that is in particular associated with safeguarding the health of athletes and the restoration of the patient back to ideal levels of functionality, and works on providing an athlete with fitness without being concerned with age.
It uses the standards of physical activities and practice sciences joining physiological and pathological strategies to encourage the athlete for staying fit and focusing on his health.
What Does a Sports Therapist Do?
People are often confused when they are told about sports therapists. They don’t know what exactly they do. So let me tell you that sports therapists are people who have received a fair deal of training in the field of physical therapy. They have received training in principles that have evidences of the fact that they work.
Sports therapists will also ideally have a set of massage techniques that they can make use of during their practice.
In order to renew their membership, the members of The Society of Sports Therapists are required to show that they are competent and up to date on their skills on a yearly basis. So you can rest assured that the sports therapists of this society will be highly credible.
As a sports therapist you won’t just have to deal with injured athletes but you could also get clients who have issues with mobility, back pain, and have posture problems.
However a sports therapist may be different from a sports massage therapist, who for the most part is not taught rehabilitation exercises or electrotherapy. To find a sports therapist you may have to look for him in gyms or health clinics.
How Does Sports Therapy Work in Practice?
During your first session, we’ll review your medical history and discuss your symptoms and detail your injuries. I’ll assess your posture in order to see the cause and the extent of your pain and discomfort and to diagnose the root cause of the issue. Treatment sessions can include some or all of the following techniques:
- Postural and functional assessment
- Deep tissue massage
- Sports massage
- Tui Na (Chinese massage and manipulation)
- Acupressure massage
- Fascia release
- Neuromuscular release
- Soft tissue mobilisation
- MET (muscle energy technique)
- RI (reciprocal inhibition)
- Joint gliding
- Strain and counterstrain
- Trigger point release
- Joint manipulation and mobilisation, to reduce pain and stiffness
- Muscle re-education, to improve muscle control
- Electrotherapy (TENS)
- Exercise programs, to strengthen your muscles and improve movement
If you experience some post-treatment soreness, don’t worry, this is perfectly normal and means that the treatment has been successful. Generally, this soreness disappears quickly and you’ll be delighted with the results.
What is sports massage? Primarily sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery, but can be, and is frequently used for a whole range of more common musculoskeletal issues. The focus isn’t necessarily on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing performance. Pre-event: Sports massage is the most dynamic treatment, fast passed, stimulating and dynamic, it is used for increasing blood flow and warming the body’s muscles. At future focus we also take this opportunity to help the athlete prepare psychologically, using relaxation and visualisation techniques as part of the warm up process. Post-event: The massage, post competing or training, is to calm the nervous system, relax the muscles and begin the process of flushing out the waste products and toxins. This element of the treatment dramatically reduces recuperation and recovery. Injury management: Injured muscles need skilful treatment and management, combining sports massage with other techniques such as: muscles energy technique, reciprocal inhibition, joint gliding and strain & counter strain can significantly improve recovery times from injury – both for athletes and the more sedentary amongst us.
Sports massage is one of the many kinds of athletes’ injury prevention strategies. To heal the soft tissue injuries, many athletes opt for sports massages. There may be some confusion about what sports massage truly is considering the fact that these days there are quite a lot of people practicing the art of ‘massage’. Sports masseurs often define sports massage as a form of massage which aids sportsmen in performing better.
Sports massage is different from regular massage because sports massage is used to attain a specific goal by using specific massage techniques.
There are three key principles which tell a masseur how to make use of the sports massage correctly on an athlete.
The first element is timing. Timing helps you determine whether an athlete needs a massage before or after his match; after injury; pre recovery period; or when a sportsman has injured himself.
The second element is technique. Technique is an important factor to consider for a masseur because he needs to figure out the kind of pressure or motion he will be applying to the athlete.
The third element is intent. Intent helps you determine your strategy. So lets’ say an athlete badly injured himself and you intend on fixing the scar tissues then the technique you use would contain treatments like cross fiber friction and compression which would then be followed by ice treatment. However if your client asked for a pre-event massage then your intent would be to increase blood flow in his body. So the techniques you use would be stretching and compression.
Hopefully, by now you can tell that sports massage isn’t as easy as just getting a hang of one technique and working with it. There are plenty of factors which help you in determining the kind of technique you make use of.
To be a good sports masseur, you should be able to work with the three key principles and use the right kind of technique by figuring out the intent and the timing.
Contradiction of Sports Massage:
A contradiction of sports massage is that there are times when continuing with a massage therapy is actually more detrimental to the injury than its benefits. In such cases sports massages should be avoided.
As you can probably tell that most clients for sports massages are athletes. Athletes may include professional trainers from school or colleges who train most of the week.
Why not consider a maintenance programme?
I offer these as a way to keep you in the best of health and to prevent any future problems. Prevention really is better than cure! Why not contact me today to find out more about the range of treatments and the ways that I can help you?
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- Sports Therapy
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- Traditional Acupuncture
- Specialised Body Acupuncture
- Auricular Acupuncture
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
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