By Talitha Drennan MSc
|What does a Sports Therapist do?As a Sports Therapist we are trained to educate, prevent, assess, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate musculoskeletal (anything to do with how your body moves or injuries/problems of your muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints etc.) in sporting AND non-sporting people.|
Do I need to play sports to see a Sports Therapist?No you don’t! We cover all types of individuals, of all ages, and all abilities. Quite simply, if you’re human!
What is Sports Therapy?It’s a health care profession. We specialise in musculoskeletal treatment and we use different treatment modalities such as;· Joint mobilisations· Physical screening to identify injury risk factors· Exercise therapy, Progressive Rehab· Strength & Conditioning· Soft Tissue Massage Techniques· Taping/Strapping· Any other manual or instrumented techniques the therapist is trained in, for eg, dry needling.
What sort of conditions can a Sports Therapist help you with?A problem can range from pain to just not feeling right, to tightness-substitute problem with what word feels right for you. Here are some examples;· Sciatica· Neck Problems· Back Problems· Shoulder Problems· Hip Problems· Hand & Foot Problems (Plantarfaciatis)· Golfers/Tennis Elbow (Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis)· IT band issues· Runners Knee· Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)· Stress reduction & recovery strategies· Pain management· Rehabilitation after broken bones (pending fracture clinic has signed you off)· Pre-op strengthening and post op rehab- return to function/sport for example ACL· Load Management· Work related injuries· Sports Specific Strength and injury prevention work· Carpal Tunnel Syndrome· Thoracic Outlet Syndrome· Muscular Imbalances & Posture.
How is a Sports Therapist different to a Physiotherapist? Osteopath? And which is best?I’d be rich if I’d a penny for every time I answered this question! A short answer would be that we all adhere to different governing bodies and tend to have been taught different treatment philosophies. There are cross overs between the health care professions as similar techniques and skills are used. I challenge you to think past the title of your Therapist and think about how are they helping you ie. are you getting better? (yes it can take some time but you should see an improvement) are they good or bad at what they do? School only teaches you so much and from there a lot can shape what type of therapist someone becomes, no matter what discipline they fall under. If you’re interested in more have a listen here; https://www.facebook.com/TheendurancePT/videos/160893171296443/?t=4
What should I expect/bring?Wear comfortable loose clothes so your problem area can be assessed, eg. If you have Knee pain, bring a pair of shorts to change into. Ladies if you’ve a shoulder or upper back issue please wear your bra and not a thick, wide sports bra as it makes it near impossible to see what’s going on.Initial assessment will consist of a time where you can tell your story of what’s happened. We will then ask you some questions and carry out a physical examination and assessment of the problem area. Diagnosing an issue is a work in progress and there may not be a certain condition or syndrome to diagnose you with, it can be something as simple as a flexibility issue or simply doing too much too soon. We choose what makes the most sense to us by what you’ve told us and what you’re body tells us. And then we come up with an individualised plan to help you get better.Our treatments are also influenced by what stage of injury you are in or if you’re in a lot of pain. If you are in a lot of pain, reducing the pain would be the primary focus of the session.If you are someone who’s not injured and you’re looking to improve how you’re body performs, the approach is similar but slightly different as there will be more of a focus on functional/sports specific testing to identify where improvements can be made.
How many sessions will I need?It’s not a one size fits all answer. Follow- up appointments may be necessary to help reduce pain and increase your pain free range of movement in acute injuries. Chronic problems may need regular maintenance work until the issue is resolved. And some people just need some guidance and need to check in once a month or few months. Ultimately, you’re in charge of your body and we’re here to help translate what your bodies trying to tell you, advise you what’s best at the moment and to work with you through your recovery or what-ever goal you’re trying to achieve.
When and how can I book Sports Therapy? Talithas working hours in the clinic are Mondays: 8am – 7pm & Fridays: 8am – 12pm.
Richards working hours in the clinic are Tuesdays: 8am – 12pm & Thursays: 10am – 2pm.
To book an appointment with Richard or Talitha click here.
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