What is the difference between a Sports Therapist and a Physiotherapist?
Sports Therapy is a relatively new profession within healthcare. However, a Sports Therapist has studied and specialised in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries throughout their degree, whilst also having massage and first aid skills which can be used within a sports setting. Whereas a physiotherapist has covered a broad range of aspects of healthcare such as: pediatrics, respiratory care, cardiac patients and musculoskeletal injuries. Upon graduation, physiotherapists tend to specialise in one of these areas of healthcare and then gain their sports specific skills from professional development courses.
Why see a Sports Therapist if I don’t have an injury or play sport?
Even your everyday tasks put strain on the body. Driving, desk jobs, manual labour, carrying children and so many more… All of these day to day activities can cause muscle tightness and joint stiffness.
How can Sports Therapy help me?
Is stress at work giving you headaches? Tension in your shoulders from working at a desk or driving long distances? Sports therapy incorporates a range of techniques including deep tissue massage, stretching, joint mobilisation and kinesio-taping.
How often should I see my Sports Therapist?
Everyone is different and so are each person’s muscles and joints. Some people need few, or even just one session while others need more. I do recommend regular treatments, even monthly will keep your body in good condition.
What else can my Sports Therapist help me with?
Gait analysis, biomechanics (put in easy terms of looking at how you walk and your posture and linking it into pain and areas of weakness), spinal mobilisation, pre and post-operative rehabilitation, stress relief and postural correction.
What should I bring with me to an appointment?
We request that if your injury is related to the lower limbs, that you come wearing shorts, and to also bring any footwear in relation to your sport/injury as this may be useful in identifying your problem. If the problem relates to the spine or the upper extremities, it is requested that males come wearing a loose fitting t-shirt, and females come wearing a sports bra under their t-shirt as your therapist may require you to remove certain items of clothing to gain a better perspective of your problem.
What Should I expect to happen during an assessment/treatment session?
First of all, your therapist will start by asking you a few questions in relation to your injury, sport, as well as some general health questions. Then, your therapist will performance your assessment by assessing your movement, flexibility, strength and performing some special tests if necessary to help identify your problem.
Your therapist may require you to perform some movements which may cause you discomfort, but should not elicit any large amount of pain. Your therapist will also talk you through the assessment and what they think your problem could be. This is to help you understand your problem too. Finally, any treatments/rehabilitation will be discussed with you prior to your therapist continuing with the session.
What if you cannot deal with my injury?
Sometimes your injury may require surgery, or your therapist may require a specialist opinion to rule out any underlying health problems. In which case, we will make sure that you are referred on to the appropriate medical personnel.
Can I pay by credit/debit card?
Yes, we accept cash and card!
Why do I get lower back pain?
The majority of the time it is due to poor posture from spending long hours at your desk or prolonged driving. This causes tightness in your hip flexors and create weakness in your buttock muscles and lower core muscles. These elements can lead to your pelvis tilting forward, putting forces and weight in movements such as walking. Or through your spine causing over-use of certain muscles in your back.
Does Sports Massage hurt?
A sports massage is designed to be deep tissue with the aim of relaxing and releasing tight muscles. It shouldn’t hurt but is likely to be uncomfortable, especially if you have some large knots. I will work within your comfort zones. But if you ask any of my clients, they will describe it as good pain, I promise!
What Can Help to Reduce Soreness?
It’s always hard to gauge just how firm your first deep tissue massage should be, so keep your massage therapist informed if you feel it is too much or too little. It’s important to drink a lot of water after a deep tissue massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues. If you don’t, you’re more likely to be sore the next day.
Should I be worried if I bruise after a massage? Is this normal?
Bruising with deep tissue massage is associated with the pressure your therapist uses on the muscle tissue. In deep tissue, the therapist focuses more on the underlying fascia beneath the muscle, using enough pressure to loosen up areas that have “stuck” together, commonly referred to as “knots.” The pressure needed to successfully treat knots can result in the damage necessary to form a bruise. However, it is important to note that not all deep tissue massages end in bruising. Keep in mind that bruising will be more common if you have easily bruised skin, or you suffer from a condition which leaves your skin prone to bruising. If you experience bruising from deep tissue massage, apply an ice or cold pack to the bruised skin several times a day for about 48 hours after the bruise occurs.