What is a Sports Therapist?

Sports Therapists give advice to sport and exercise participants on how to train and compete safely, as well as treat injuries and assist with rehabilitation. Their aim is to prevent injuries and to help those who are injured to return to full fitness and competition.

soft tissue therapy & Sports Massage

For Injury prevention I offer Soft Tissue Therapy and Sports Massage to help keep those overuse injuries at bay and reduce your risk of muscle strains and muscle imbalances.

Sports Massage is the methodical manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues for the relief of discomfort and tension, using deep stroking techniques with pressures, frictions and stretching. Sports Massage has an increasing profile in sports medicine, offering benefits for all kinds of athletes, from elite swimmers, cyclists and footballers, to recreational golfers, joggers and weekend sports enthusiasts.

Who is it for

Sports massage is a deeper type of massage that works specifically with sporting, occupational injuries and postural ailments. Most of my clients are active people who come in for treatment to recover from injury sustained during sport. From a tennis elbow or snapping hip, to a twisted ankle or shin splints, sports massage provides relief from discomfort and aids rehabilitation and recovery. But don't be fooled by it's name, Sports Massage isn't just for athletes, it can revitalise the muscles and ligaments of every one of us.

What are the benefits

My clinical experience working with a variety of clients has proven success in reducing acute and chronic pain, increasing range of motion, easing tension in tight muscles and performance optimisation. The many physiological, psychological and neurological benefits are: increased tissue permeability, breakdown of scar tissue, increased muscle flexibility, improve tissue elasticity, reduction in pain, relaxation, reduction in anxiety & stress, and can be invigorating. Call Graeme now on 07817 460 635 to arrange your appointment.

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biomechanics coach

Biomechanics is the study of the human body, the body’s mechanics, and how it moves in mechanical terms. The science is divided into two areas of study: Extrinsic Biomechanics and Intrinsic Biomechanics.

Intrinsic Biomechanics is the study of how the body is able to perform those tasks or movements in relation to the individual’s mechanical make-up in the inside.

Extrinsic Biomechanics, on the other hand, looks at movements, the measurement of those movements or tasks, and then establishes the most efficient way to maximise those movements and ultimately improve sports performance; it is an important science that is relevant to any sport, fitness or work-related physical conditioning.

The Approach

The purpose of the Biomechanical program is to provide the building blocks to restore normal function. By reducing muscle spasm, nerve tethering and joint dysfunction. Biomechanical screening and corrective exercise process affords the body the capacity to perform natural movements, this restores the body’s systems and structures to their intended function.

Phases

The Biomechanics model can be broken down into 3 Phases: Normalise, Stabilise and Functionalise Phases. The Normalise phase is used to determine the bodies capacity to move while getting the pelvis, spine, and shoulder girdle into an optimal position for performance. Next, within Stabilise phase, work is done to glue the aforementioned in position by training the core. By performing Normalise and Stabilise in this order we can then safely and efficiently train the body more functionally to move and support global muscles performance in the Functionalise phase.

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injury assessment, treatment & rehab

Every patient is treated individually with special care taken to listen to you and your individual problem. I make detailed notes of when the pain started and when it’s at it’s worst. The more feedback you can give the more efficient we can be!

I specialists in the assessment and treatment of sports injuries and my aim is to return my patients to full functional fitness, ready to take on their chosen sport in the fastest possible recovery time while also preventing re-injury.

Find the heart and the source of the problem

In my experience with my patients, many therapists are able to manage the pain but very few actually solve the problem. I aim to do both, I help to relieve the pain but at the same time look to treat the problem creating it. You will be surprised at where the source of some problems lie!

Solve the problem and get you back in action

My goal is to solve the problem as quickly and as correctly as possible. Many patients see results after the first session, others need a couple of sessions, others need longer, it all depends on the individual. I will advise you on exercises to complete at home and the approximate number of treatments needed. My aim is to be as transparent as possible.

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Performance optimisation

Becoming the best athlete you can be by performing proper exercises and learning proper technique for running, jumping, changing direction, developing strength, and preventing injuries is one definition of performance optimisation for sports performance.

When done properly, sports performance training can decrease injuries while improving performance. Techniques and training methods that were once only available to professional athletes are now available to more local athletes. The best programs include a warm-up consisting of full body mobilisation, light static stretches, dynamic stretches, sport specific movements and a core component, strength & power, regeneration, nutrition and speed & agility.

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Personal Training & goal setting

I have a number of athletes that visit me here at the clinic, where I provide a service that keeps them able to sustain a high training volume without compromising their musculo-skeletal system.

For more information on this bespoke service, contact me to discuss your requirements and I will put together a package suitable for your needs. I offer one-on-one PT sessions to address muscular imbalances and ongoing treatments that will enable you to maintain a high volume of training, while helping you reach and surpass your goals.

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