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Some of the most commonly asked questions and answers about visiting a Sports Therapist.

frequently asked questions

What is Intrinsic Biomechanics and why does it matter?

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 and intrinsic Biomechanics.

Extrinsic Biomechanics 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.

Intrinsic Biomechanics, on the other hand, 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.

What is Soft tissue therapy and Sports therapy?

Sports therapy is physical assessment, manual therapy treatment and active rehabilitation to facilitate a return to sport and activities of daily living. In short, getting you to where you need to be, faster.

What to expect

My priority from the outset is to get you back to sport progressively, so you can expect assessment, treatment and ‘homework’ exercises that enable you to play an active role in your rehabilitation. Nobody wants to be told to rest and come back in two weeks. Complete rest is not progressive, almost never appropriate and does not fit the approach of my clinic.

Is it just sports massage?

Sports massage is great for general relaxation and recovery after a hard training session or a stressful week in the office, but it has its limits. To treat soft tissue dysfunctions more effectively I also use the following techniques:

MET is a form of passive stretching from the world of osteopathic techniques. MET’s target the soft tissues primarily, although it also makes a major contribution towards joint mobilisation. The purpose of MET stretching is to improve a client’s flexibility and therefore range of movement at a joint.

Its effects are:
• Releases muscle spasms.
• Decreases muscle hypertonicity (tension).
• Improves muscle flexibility.
• Restores muscle balance.

Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.

This is an advanced and very specific sports massage technique. It’s a combination of stretching and deep friction that illicits a specific stretch to a muscle.

It’s commonly used with frictions to:
• Reduce adhesions in soft tissue structures.
• Improves local circulation.
• Increases functional ROM.
• Develops flexibility in tight muscles and muscle groups.

Trauma occurs to the soft tissues by overuse, adaptive shortening, postural imbalance, strains, stress or nutritional deficits. This trauma leaves the soft tissues in a state of involuntary spasm, leading to pain and a restriction of movement. This spasm triggers a ‘trigger point’ to form in the soft tissue structure which will feel like a knot.

Deactivation of these trigger points will:
• Reduces local and referred pain patterns.
• Helps to restore muscle imbalances.
• Increases soft tissue mobility.
• Improves circulation.
• Provides a local and general relaxation.
• Increase flexibility of the affected muscle.
• Improves range of movement (ROM).

Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is an approach to soft tissue manual therapy in which quasi-static pressure is applied to soft tissue to stimulate skeletal striated muscle. Often these areas of muscle are myofascial trigger points.

Neuromuscular therapies are used to treat conditions such as:
• Chronic pain.
• Sciatica.
• Rotator cuff dysfunction.
• Carpal tunnel syndrome.

Positional Release Therapy is a very specialized technique focusing on treating protective muscle spasm in the body. This technique involves finding a tender point in the patient’s body (muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints) and then moving the patient’s body or body part away from the restricted motion barrier and towards the position of greatest comfort.
Corrective exercise is an approach where an assessment is used to determine specific weaknesses and/or limitations of the athlete. This assessment drives the programming process, where a systematic and progressive approach is used to reduce the likelihood of injury and improve performance.
Static, Dynamic & Fascial Line stretching is a set of stretching techniques commonly used in clinical environments to enhance both active and passive range of motion with the ultimate goal being to optimize motor performance and rehabilitation.

Treating causes, not just symptoms

Hand and wrist pain caused by tension around the shoulder, knee pain caused by poor hip stability, these are just some examples of how dysfunction in one area can cause pain in another. Based on postural and joint assessment, my aim is to treat the root cause of pain and injury, which may involve working on the hip to treat the knee, or working around the shoulder to treat the hand.

Benefits of regular treatment

My most injury-free, high performing and happiest clients are, not surprisingly, those who come for regular treatment. Whatever your ability or goals, when you demand a lot from your body you need to look after it – this means having your muscles worked regularly to improve recovery from training, helping to prevent minor niggles becoming season-ending injuries.appropriate, and does not fit the approach of my clinic.

What is your clinic like?

My clinic is very effective in delivering its purpose. There is a treatment table, consultation area, stretching mats, clean towels, documentation forms and storage system (in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998). The cleanliness of the clinic is kept to an extremely high standard with sanitizing and anti-bacterial products available to to use for both practitioner and patient when necessary.

Will I be charged if I miss an appointment?

You will not be charged if you give notice 24 hours notice ahead of the cancellation. If you cancel later than that then you will be charged full price. If you are running late, sessions can go ahead but might only include a consultation and a small amount of treatment. The full price will always still be charged.

I don’t do sports, can you still treat me?

Yes! The same approach and techniques that I use on sports people are effective for anybody. A number of my clients suffer from back pain and tight shoulders caused not by sport, but by hours of office work.

What can I expect from my session with you?

The three components of a session are assessment to establish the root of your injury, hands on treatment to facilitate healing and improve tissue quality and an element of exercise prescription to enable you to play an active and effective role in your rehabilitation.

Can I pay by card?

No. I apologise that I cannot accept payment by card at this time.

Can I park at the clinic?

Yes! The Clinic has a dedicated car park with ample spaces

What should I bring?

Please bring a pair of shorts and a top that allows easy access to the area of treatment. Compression clothing and sports bras are not recommended. Towels will be provided for your comfort.

Do you treat children?

Yes! I work with a number of young athletes. Please note that under 18s will require parent/guardian consent and for the parent/guardian to be present throughout the treatment.

I’m taking painkillers, can I see you?

I cannot treat you if you have taken painkillers on the day of your appointment.

Does treatment hurt?

No pain, More gain. Deep tissue work can be uncomfortable, but shouldn’t be painful, in order to be effective. I will always ask for your feedback to ensure that I am working within your comfort zone.

I’m racing tomorrow, should I get a massage?

Yes! A massage before race day has several benefits: loosening and relaxing muscles and flushing out the effects of hard training. I won’t do any deep tissue work a day before a race as it may compromise your muscles’ ability to work effectively on race day, so this would be a lighter sports massage.

I’ve just had a hard session, should I get a massage?

Yes! After a hard effort your muscles are tight and full of lactic acid. Massage will loosen the tissues and flush out the lactic acid to promote healing.

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