What is Sports Therapy?
Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.
It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.
Sports Therapists are not Physiotherapists, but Sports Therapists will apply “physiotherapy” skills because physiotherapy is defined as “the treatment of disease, injury or deformity by physical methods including massage, heat treatment, electricity and exercise, rather than drugs or surgery”
Consequently, Sports Therapists will apply many skills and modalities that are included within this list but in a sport and exercise perspective rather than a traditional healthcare context.
Who has Sports Massages?
Sports massage is not limited to athletes. Whether pain or tightness is caused from strenuous physical activity or everyday life, massage can effectively improve the condition of your muscles and soft tissue. Sometimes our Osteopaths will recommend a course of Sports Massage after treatment to speed up and aid recovery.
What should I wear?
Loose clothing, sports clothes or something that will allow the Therapist to access to the area you want to be treated.
What happens before the Sports Massage session?
On arrival at the clinic, if it is your first treatment, you will be greeted at Reception and asked to fill in some basic details on a consultation form. When you first see the Therapist a consultation will take place – the Sport Therapist wants to find out what your past and current medical history is and the reason why you came to get a Sports Massage.
What will happen during the treatment?
The Sports Massage treatment will be tailored to address your individual needs. The treatment will begin with a patient assessment to determine the current range of movement, assess pain, look at posture, assess muscle function. The information will be collated and depending on the outcomes, an appropriate treatment plan will be formed to get goals for each session. For continued treatment, short and long terms goals can also be set.
When massaging you the Therapist would start to gently warm the muscles up, then start to apply more pressure to areas that hold a lot of tension or tightness. At the end of your session you may be given exercises or stretches to help with the injury, the Therapist will also check for any immediate changes to the body.
Will the Massage be painful?
Sports Massage can be uncomfortable as it is a deep tissue massage. The Sports Therapist will be talking to you all the time and will be assessing how much pressure on tissue you are able to withstand and balancing that with making an improvement to your condition.
How long will the Massage last for?
Sessions can either be 30 minutes or 60 minutes long dependent on what area is being treated and what the Therapist is trying to resolve for you. The Reception team can advise on the length of appointment you will need.
After the Massage
After the massage you may experience some soreness in the areas the Therapist has worked on, this is the same type of soreness as a ‘post work out soreness’. You may feel tired and thirsty so make sure you also drink a lot of water after the session, as this will help rehydrate the muscles. Also your body will need rest and recover after the massage, so depending on how much work was done it is advisable to avoid any strenuous exercise for 12 – 24 hours.
Nothing in this website should be taken as a claim to treat any specific condition.