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Sports Therapy is a specialised practice that focuses on prevention, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement of the physically-active individual. To successfully accomplish these goals, Sports Therapists utilise a variety of modalities to effectively treat and rehabilitate a variety of conditions. The Sports Therapist will use a mixture of these methods to design and implement an individualised treatment and rehabilitation programme.  

Sports Massage

Sports massage is a form of treatment regularly used to help reduce the stresses put onto the musculoskeletal system. It is a long established and effective treatment used for the relief of pain, swelling, muscle spasm and restricted movement. Massage increases blood flow to the muscles being worked, which is an important factor in the removal of lactate after exercise through enhanced oxidation and diffusion out of the muscles.

As muscles begin to heal following injury, the fibres do not always align themselves as they were prior to the injury. This can cause a loss in flexibility and could therefore change the range of movement and even the way the muscle contracts.

Sports massage manipulates the muscles to realign the fibres that are damaged that in turn improves the flexibility of the muscle. The increased blood flow associated with sports massage causes plenty of oxygen to be forced into the injured area and a flushing out of any toxins that could be hindering recovery.

Muscle Energy Techniques

Sports Therapists use various techniques to help release and relax muscle stress, which in turn will promote healing. A Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is one of these, which when used correctly, has a major influence on the clients recovery.

MET’s are a form of manipulative diagnosis and treatment actions where the muscles are actively used on request, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction and against a resistive force. MET’s tend to be classified as an active treatment in that the client is providing the effort and the therapist is merely facilitating the process.

MET’s are best used to:

  • Strengthen weak muscles
  • Increase joint mobility
  • Prepare muscles for subsequent stretching
  • Improve musculoskeletal function
Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology tape was invented in the 1970’s by Dr Kenzo Kase. With over 25 years of research, development and clinical use, the Kinesio taping method is recognised as an innovative, rehabilitative taping technique that is used by many top athletes and for general aches and pains.

It is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process, while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. Itb qalso provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered in the clinical setting. It is latex-free and wearable for days at a time.

Kinesiology tape is safe for clients ranging from paediatric to geriatric and successfully treats a variety of orthopaedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. It alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.

Mobilisations
Mobilisation techniques focus on the application of physiological and accessory movements to peripheral or spinal joints. Both require technical explanation and differ in technical terms and effects. Application of these techniques involve a continuum of skilled movements to the joint complex that are applied at varying speeds and amplitudes, with the intent being to restore optimal motion, function, and to reduce pain.
Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation is an important part of injury treatment. A rehabilitation programme aims to return the injured body part to normal function by gradually introducing it to movement and exercise. Individually tailored and coached injury rehabilitation exercise programmes are designed to stress the injured body part in order to ensure that the area is healing efficiently, and that you can return to your previous level of participation upon its completion. This will include progressive strength, proprioception, flexibility and postural control, and will limit the risk of re-injury.
Prehabilitation
Prehabilitation, or injury prevention', aims to prevent injury by addressing postural and movment abnormalities, as well as muscular imbalances. These classes include proprioceptive training, core stability, postural correction, and gluteal and hip strengthening exercises.

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