Perhaps you have just started training or are a seasoned athlete; sports injury treatment is for you. The benefits are enormous. Training hard week after week may well increase the risk of injury. People want to improve, and it’s human nature to push the body harder than it can keep up. Many of the injuries we see are overtraining, ongoing aggravation of old injuries and poor recovery habits. Injuries happen faster than the body, and its structure can repair. Sports injury treatments effectively ease pain, stiffness and stubborn muscle and joint problems. Our Sports Injury specialists will provide detailed advice and hands-on therapy such as sports massage and focused exercises that help optimise recovery. Speeding up the body’s recovery time is essential, especially if you are training hard or during intense bursts in preparation for a marathon or sporting event.
Sports injury treatments can help you train and condition even when you are injured, and this is where a sports therapist comes into their own. Training around an injury can be frustrating, especially when specific movements are causing too much pain. Using their knowledge of strength and conditioning, sports injury therapists can program exercises that will help strengthen the affected area and movements that will work the rest of the body without causing additional harm. This way, you can continue to train hard whilst managing the current pain.
Sports Physiotherapy treatment starts with the practitioner taking a medical case history. The paperwork is often followed by spinal and neurological examinations. The Physiotherapist may test functional muscle performance and undertake a joint exam to check the body’s structure and function. The treatment provided by the Physiotherapist will depend on the presenting condition. Although they may perform joint manipulation, deep soft tissue massage and specific therapeutic nerve stretches. Patients tell us that this style of Sports Physiotherapy provides a fantastic sense of lightness and freedom of movement.
Each Sports Injury treatment may can vary enormously. also include manipulation of the spine to aid overall flexibility and joint mobilisation, a form of hands-on mobilisation of peripheral joints that ease restricted or stiff joints. After the Sports Physiotherapy treatment, you may feel lighter, free and invigorated due to endorphins and improved blood flow. Flexibility and pain-free muscles may mean we can perform to our very best.
If the body is not functioning especially well, you may feel stiffness and pain after sport. Lack of flexibility may slow you down and require more muscular effort and energy to move. Restricted body parts are generally more prone to injury, reduce stamina, and make movement much less efficient. Your potential full range of motion will probably not be achieved either, reducing performance. The Sports Physio will formulate a rehabilitation program for you.
When one part of the body doesn’t function well, it may affect other areas. For example, a neck restriction can irritate the motor fibres of the nerves that supply the arm, reducing the response of the target muscles as far away as the fingers. Muscle chains are muscles that enhance (or reduce tone)in other muscles, e.g., postural muscles in the neck can affect postural muscles in the lower back so that a lower back weakness can be caused by muscular tension in the neck.
Muscles that are not relaxed and alert will not react fast and explosively but will be more prone to injury and consume excessive energy. Tight muscles will also reduce your range of movement.
A tight diaphragm will restrict your breathing, reducing your oxygen intake and adversely affecting your performance and recovery. Treatment achieves this in part by improving rib, thoracic spine and accessory respiratory muscle function.