Sports therapy and remedial massage are aspects of healthcare specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the treatment and rehabilitation of patients back to their optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.
We use sports massage and remedial massage as part of our sports therapy service to get you back to your everyday, work and exercise activities through the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of your complaint no matter what your age or ability.
What is it used for?
There are many physiological and psychological benefits to sports therapy and remedial massage (both body and mind benefits). The soft tissue techniques can reduce pain and muscle soreness after activity or work, reduce stress, and promote healing getting you back to your daily activities (daily, work and exercise related). We will refer on for specialist advice and intervention when needed.
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Sports Therapy can help treat a variety of soft tissue injuries including muscle, tendon and ligament sprains and strains, joint pain and back pain etc
You will be asked questions about yourself, any medical conditions you have and about your complaint. Your area of concern will be assessed through hands on testing of the area and treated with different manual therapies and soft tissue techniques.
Some discomfort may be felt during treatment and for 24 – 48 hours after. The therapist will work to your own level of discomfort.
Whatever clothing you are most comfortable in. You are not always required to undress however loose clothing or shorts can make it easier for you during treatment.
Your first treatment session will usually be 45 minutes, with further treatment sessions between 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the condition. Overall total treatment sessions needed for each condition varies depending on the severity of the conditions and the length of time the condition has been present.
Treatment can begin for injuries straight away. Whether this involves you applying some form of treatment at home prior to your appointment or you are able to come to the clinic straight away. Some conditions may require treatment at home for the first 24 – 48hours. Advice can be given over the phone when needed if you are unsure of what to do.
We accept cash, cheques and most card payments. Some insurance companies do cover sports therapy treatment – please ask your company to confirm if this applies to your insurance cover.
Many of our skills and practices overlap. We can both assess, treat and rehabilitate musculoskeletal complaints. We use slightly different methods to do so, sports therapists use lower velocity mobilisations compared to some of the osteopath’s manipulations, think of it as if we are two tribes with our own language but we use the same knowledge to reach our end goal, getting you our patients pain free and healthy
Sports therapists use the same techniques as physiotherapists to reduce musculoskeletal (bone, joint, muscle and soft tissue) conditions. Both are trained in the same techniques for joint mobilisations, soft tissue techniques, electro therapy (therapeutic ultrasound) and rehabilitation.
Physiotherapy is defined as “the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods including massage, heat treatment, electricity sand exercise, rather than drugs or surgery” – sports therapists apply “physiotherapy” skills.
Remedial massage aims to promote recovery, improve performance and achieve long-term injury prevention, whether the cause of the injury, pain or dysfunction is sports related or the result the general wear, tear and stress of the lives we lead.
Remedial massage involves advanced soft-tissue manipulation to improve performance. It can be used as a regular treatment to maintain healthy muscles. For those who have a heavy training schedule it can speed recovery from training and reduce the chances of injury. It is equally as effective in speeding recovery from soft tissue injury whether acute or chronic.
Remedial massage is just as relevant to the many office workers who suffer back, shoulder and neck pain. It utilises powerful techniques such as muscle energy technique (MET), soft tissue release (STR), and neuromuscular techniques (NMT) to break down adhesions, relieve tension and promote blood flow to remove metabolites.
- Have you got muscular pain?
- Are you suffering with an injury?
- Do you have work or sport related discomfort?
- Have you any joint or postural problems?
- Are you a golfer suffering with a painful elbow?
- Do you sit at a computer all day and suffer from neck & shoulder pain?
- Does manual work cause you pain and mobility problems?
- Has running caused you to suffer from shin splints or ITB?
The human body is a network of interconnected systems and tissues. Whilst injury and pain occur at a specific site, there is likely to be an underlying problem elsewhere. For example, lower back pain can often be traced to postural dysfunction in the lower legs and feet. It is this “whole body” awareness which is at the heart of our approach and philosophy.
Treatments utilise a range of massage and advanced soft tissue techniques set within a framework of assessment and rehabilitation procedures. As well as dealing effectively with a variety of musculoskeletal problems, remedial massage can also be used to help in the recovery from, and reduction of, the symptoms of many medical conditions.
Remedial massage can help not only treat the symptoms of pain and injury but, importantly, it can help by treating their underlying causes and help you move forward.
What to do now ……
If you’ve come to this website looking for help, then don’t in silence suffer any longer.
Contact us immediately on 01462 811006 for a consultation and let’s assess your condition.
At the assessment, we’ll take some details from you and build your case history. We’ll discuss why you’ve come to see us and where you have any aches and pains. Then we’ll examine you with the aim of giving you the appropriate treatment.
This will take a little while to complete, but it’s a necessary part of the ethical guidelines we work to. The guidelines are there to make sure everything is done professionally and to a high standard of patient care. I’m sure you agree that’s a good thing!
If you have any questions about what we do and how we do it, call us on 01462 811006 or use the contact form below – and we’ll be happy to help.
Here at Shefford Osteopathic Clinic we can treat a wide range of conditions. Select a green link from the list below to find out more.
- Arthritic Pain
- Circulatory Problems
- Digestion Problems
- Elbow Pain / Tennis Elbow
- Frozen Shoulder
- General Aches & Pains
- Hip Pain
- Inability to Relax
- Joint Pain
- Knee Pain
- Lumbago / Lower Back Pain
- Minor Sports Injuries
- Muscle Cramps
- Muscle Spasms
- Neck Pain
- Rheumatic Pain