Sports Therapy is a specialist aspect of healthcare which is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of a patient who has sustained an injury 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 approaches to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work. This means that while Sports Therapists do spend much of their time working with sportspeople, there’s a great deal we can do to help just about anyone!
What is a Sports Therapist?
Sports therapy is a hands-on approach which is used to treat and prevent musculoskeletal disorders. Each therapist must be registered with “The Society of Sports Therapists (SST)” who defines the profession as:
“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 participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.”Here at Chelmsford Sports Therapy our Sports Therapists offer their services to people from all walks of life, whether you’re a keep fit enthusiast, a weekend warrior or a professional athlete. Each sports therapy session is designed to suit your needs; we offer everything from a general relaxation massage to treating a specific injury. .
How does it help?
At Chelmsford Sports Therapy, our sports therapists aim to diagnose, treat and prevent most conditions, they do this with a range of hands-on treatment methods. Sports therapy has been proven to be very effective at reducing symptoms of an injury and there are several benefits in which therapy can help including:
• Reduce pain
• Increasing Range of movement
• Increasing muscle strength
• Improving posture
• Increasing functional activity
• Knowledge about your condition
What to expect
Before you arrive you at the clinic we advise you to bring tight fitted clothing e.g. shorts, t-shirt, sports bra, leggings. This will enable us to perform the examination process more effectively.
When you first arrive at the Clinic you will be greeted by an Assistant in reception. They will give you intake forms regarding your personal details and the major reason for your visit. During the initial consultation you will have the opportunity to speak to the Sports Therapist about your visit.
During the initial consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss with your sports therapist what concerns or problems you may be having.
In the examination, the sports therapist will use their hands to move and feel around joints, tissues, muscles and ligaments. At the end of this process, a diagnosis is given followed by a personalised treatment plan which will then be discussed. Treatment during a session may include:
- Joint mobilisations
- Joint manipulation
- Soft tissue massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Trigger point therapy
I would thoroughly recommend Chelmsford Sports Therapy. I visited with a persistent back strain which I have always attributed to an old injury – however, on my first visit the team informed me that my problem was actually the result of a postural imbalance. After a just a few months of treatment my pain is gone.
- Rob Hall, Chelmsford