Sports therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.
It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the client for training, competition and work.
Although some physiotherapists focus on sports-related cases, sports therapy and rehabilitation is a separate profession, requiring a 3 year intense study at university. It is concerned with musculo- skeletal conditions arising from physical activity, not with general healthcare.
A Sports Therapy treatment will often include:
Assessment and Diagnosis of injuries
A personalised treatment plan
Sports massage (including specialised techniques)
Sports Massage was developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. However, contrary to what the name suggests, you don't have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage emphasises prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons and can be beneficial for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. In sports massage, the therapist will generally concentrate on a specific problem area that you present, usually associated with some sort of sport or repetitive everyday activity, i.e. tight shoulders after sitting at a computer for long periods.
A variety of the following sport massage techniques may be used to achieve the desired goal:
Myofascial Release - slow, gentle pressure used to break down restrictions within superficial fascia.
Deep Tissue Massage - to alleviate muscle tension by releasing restrictions within deeper fascia.
Trigger point therapy - to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles), and eliminate referred pain.
Soft Tissue Release - to stretch tight muscles and increase range of motion.
Muscle Energy Techniques - to enable further stretch of fibres following resisted muscle contraction.
Corrective Frictions - to break down residual scar tissue within a tendon and correct the alignment of healed tissue.
The session begins with a full consultation and postural assessment of the body, to determine any issues which may be contributing to the muscle pain or tightness. A variety of any of the above sport massage techniques may then be applied to achieve the desired goal.
Over the last twenty years, Andy has attained a BSc (Hons) in Sport Injury Rehabilitation, an HND in the Scienceand Management of Health and Fitness, and diplomas in exercise studies.
Andy teaches sports therapy subjects at Peter Symonds Adult and Higher Education College. As well as his clinical work, he is the sports therapist for Romsey Town Football Club, managing injuries, running injury prevention sessions, and providing match day support and pitch side first aid.
He uses this knowledge to help a wide variety of people back to pain free living, including those with work-based issues, sporting injuries or just the general stresses and strains of life. However your injury occurred, Andy looks forward to helping you back to health.
Andy is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) the lead body in Sports Therapy.
Kate is VTCT Level 4 qualified in Sports Massage. She uses a range of soft tissue and stretching methods including deep tissue and connective tissue massage, Myofascial Release and muscle energy techniques.
She strives to offer relief for pain and discomfort felt within tight muscles caused by postural issues and overuse from everyday activities as well as through sport.
Kate has volunteered massage at local sporting events and is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
|Monday||9:00am - 8:00pm||Sports therapy with Andrew|
|Thursday||9:00am - 1:00pm||Deep tissue massage with Kate|
|Friday||2:00pm - 6:00pm||Sports therapy with Andrew|