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Jon W Sports Injury
Sports therapy is a type of physical therapy that focuses on movement and exercise to help improve an individual’s health. Sports therapists typically focus on the musculoskeletal system, but they may also provide treatment for other conditions such as chronic pain or anxiety disorders.
Sports therapists are often employed by athletic teams, hospitals, and physical therapy clinics. As a result we pride ourselves on having leading Sports Therapists at both our Orpington and Bromley clinics.
Sports therapists help athletes recover from injuries and get back to the field. They may also work with people who have disabilities or need rehabilitation after a stroke. Sports therapists work with athletes of all levels, from youth sports to professional sports.
Sports therapy is an aspect of global health that is increasingly becoming popular due to its positive results in sports. Sports therapy simply focuses on preparing athletes, both mentally and physically for maximum performance on the field and during training. Most often these athletes are treated as patients, especially in cases where they need rehabilitation after suffering from an injury or an accident.
Nowadays, the training requirements and nature of most sports have made it tough for both professional and amateur sports men and women. Due to the demanding and competitive nature of most games, many athletes sometimes go through a lot of depression and psychological stress, which could be overwhelming. This often results in injuries or poor performance.
Nevertheless, sports therapy has been specially designed to help athletes to handle physical and mental stress, both on and off the pitch. That said, a major focus of sports therapists is to prevent injuries among athletes and to equally help them recover faster from unavoidable injuries.
Well, our sports injury clinic has a team of highly skilled and experienced sports therapists who are always ready to put in their best to help clients achieve both physical and mental stability. So far, we have served a multitude of clients in the towns of Orpington and Bromley in Kent.
What is the difference between physiotherapy and sports therapy?
Most often a lot of clients try to inquire whether they need physiotherapy or sports therapy. Well, even though both professions are geared towards treating musculoskeletal disorders, they are some key differences in their approaches. The role of a physiotherapist is to help people who are affected by an illness, a disability or an injury. More so, a physiotherapist helps in managing pain and equally in preventing diseases in their patients, irrespective of their ages. This is usually achieved through manual therapy, movement and exercise as well as through education and advice. Physiotherapists can therefore help improve the symptoms of a range of conditions including, neurological, respiratory and cardiovascular problems, etc.
Sports therapy on the other hand, focuses on musculoskeletal disorders, by treating pain and injury through hands-on-treatment and rehabilitative care. The goal of sports therapy is indeed to restore, maintain as well as maximize movements in a bid to relieve pain so that the patient can cope with physical and sporting activities.
Although sports therapy and physiotherapy have many similarities and may sometimes even overlap in each other’s treatment program, there are still some key differences;
- Physiotherapists have broader knowledge about the medical profession and this explains why they are allowed to treat illnesses and diseases, including respiratory and neurological issues. Meanwhile sports therapists are more exposed to sporting environments. Thus, there are quite efficient in preventing sports injuries through well designed strengthening programs.
- Physiotherapists focus on rehabilitating patients so that they can feel comfortable and be able to cope with their day to day activities. Sports therapists on the other hand ensure that their patients maintain the required physical level that is needed for specific sporting activities.
However, our sports injury clinic focuses mainly on musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Thus, if you need the services of a sports therapist or physiotherapist around Orpington and Bromley in Kent, you should feel free to contact us. We have some of the best professionals in the field, so rest assured you would be totally satisfied with our services.
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We use the techniques of effleurage, petrissage, tapotement and friction as part of his treatments.
- Effleurage can be light or deep. Effleurage is a continuous stroke with a gliding motion. It is applied using the palm of the hand of forearm. Effleurage increases blood flow, generates heat and aids lymphatic drainage.
- Petrissage is a more concentrated deep tissue massage technique working into specific areas or muscle groups. The fingertips or knuckles are used to pick, roll and kneed the tissue.
- Tapotement involves the use of cupping and hacking. These are rhythmic, dynamic movements that stimulate muscles groups.
- Friction is a specific deep technique that is used to break down scar tissue and adhesions. It can be used on muscle tissue, ligaments, tendons and fascia. It often involves working against the fibre direction.