Sports therapy is the application of various techniques to assist athletes to perform to their maximum potential in their particular sport. It is generally a deep tissue massage which can help prevent injury by identifying and breaking down areas of scar tissue, promote healing, improve circulation and tone the muscles.
Sports therapy is not confined to elite athletes, as it can benefit anyone from an amateur athlete to the every day person. Each treatment is specific to the individual’s needs.
Benefits of sports therapy
- Flexibility and mobility
- Increases fitness capabilities, performance potential and maintenance of form
- Injury prevention
The Effects of Sports Therapy
- Stimulates the body’s circulation and lymph drainage system to eliminate waste products, aiding recovery.
- Stimulates the nervous system, to establish the nerve firing pathways to the muscles.
- Stretches the body’s fascia and muscles, either through specific massage or stretching techniques.
- Stimulates synovial fluid production through massage and mobilisation, improving joint mobility.
- Breaks down adhesions and stretches scar tissue, which if left untreated could cause further or future injury.
- Relaxes stiff, tense muscles by directly affecting the proprioceptors within the muscles and reduces pain sensation by release of endorphins.
- Elicits a positive psychological effect, particularly in preparation for competition.
- Speeds up the healing of damaged tissue and muscle by delivering oxygen and nutrients to the area more quickly.
What to expect from a sports therapy session
- A detailed discussion of your current condition and history of any previous injuries or conditions.
- Specific functional muscle testing (to check range of movement and muscle strength) and where appropriate relevant orthopaedic and neurological testing to rule out any serious underlying condition which may warrant urgent medical attention or which requires referral to an appropriate specialist.
- The application of various massage techniques including those classified as deep tissue techniques.
- Stretching and muscle energy techniques (M.E.T.).
- Specific advice on after care treatment
- Specific home exercises to improve joint mobility and muscle function.
Sports therapy is a useful therapeutic tool, which can be used in conjunction with chiropractic to maximise the effects of treatments in achieving better musculoskeletal function.