1 hour clinic appointments for initial assessment and subsequent treatment appointments.
This includes all modalities at no extra charge.
On booking- an intake form will be emailed to the patient, this will determine whether the patient is requiring clinical sport therapy or remedial therapy* treatment.
If you are looking for muscle maintenance therapy, this would be under remedial therapy.
30 minute appointments, specific shorter treatment focused sessions that have been established and preceded by a full 1 hour appointment.
20 minute appointments specifically for taping service. This cannot be booked unless you have had a Clinical assessment booked under Sports & Remedial Therapy to assess the injury/complaint that you required taping.
*I collectively call my Clinical Sports Therapy and Remedial Soft Tissue therapy under the same appointment title of Sports & Remedial Therapy on my booking system.
Please reach out to me if you cannot find an answer to your question.
Sports Therapy is the term used by therapist who are have been trained to help their patient with injuries of a musculoskeletal nature. You do not have to have to be an athlete to have sports therapy. Sports Therapist usually hold a high level training of Level4 Advanced or above and who are trained in advanced therapy modalities such as electrotherapy, dry needling, mobilisations and rehabilitation programmes.
Sports Massage is the term used to describe a Therapist who- depending on their level of training -provides basic injury care using mostly Soft Tissue Therapy Techniques. This can include specialised muscle stretching techniques, advance massage techniques and some knowledge about injuries.
To find out what I offer with regards to Sports Massage please click here.
Remedial Therapy is much as the name describes: Remedial = Remedy. In massage therapy- this term is used in conjunction with Sports Massage Therapy. Much like Sports Massage where we take care to assist injury support and recovery; Remedial Massage is specific soft tissue therapy and would commonly be described as Massage with a purpose!
In my clinic I offer Clinical Sports Therapy along side Chartered Physiotherapists as an Associate Physiotherapist.
What this means is that essentially I am a MSK (musculoskeletal) Therapist.
I work with my patients with physical injury or complaints using a range of modalities, suited to the patients needs in order to regain full pain-free movements allowing them to return to daily activities or sport as the patient wishes.
What's the difference between Sports & Remedial?
I started my career many years ago in holistic therapy. Steadily, I have progressed and moved into clinical therapy. However I have chosen to continue practicing holistic therapies as see the importance the wonderful benefits of: Reflexology, Aromareflex, Holistic Massage, Hot Stones Therapy and Pregnancy Complementary Therapy.
The advantage my patients have over seeing a therapist that only provides holistic therapies- is that I am able to offer help, advice and wider insight to the complaint that the patient sought help for.
Holistic Therapy is at it purest a Remedial Therapy, therefore I use the label Sports & Remedial Therapy for my buisness.
Sports Massage is a specific soft tissue therapy designed to help aid the body to recovery from injury, maintain optimal physical performance or support you through a chronic physical problems i.e. wry neck, tight hamstrings, RSI, tennis or golfers elbow and lower back pain etc.
Sports Massage is not limited to athletes, it is appropriate for anyone who is in need of remedial or soft tissue work irrespective of age, level of fitness or gender. The remedial effects of sports massage can be beneficial in the postsurgical setting; as an adjunct to physiotherapy, osteopathy or chiropractic in rehabilitative therapy; or as a health benefit within the office environment (Findlay 2010).
In my clinic I use manual massage techniques as well as using more advanced techniques such as: myofascial release, neuromuscular techniques, soft tissue release, MET's, positional release and many more!
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Remedial massage therapy effects us all differently but here are some of the benefits that you can rely on from having these treatments:
Not only with the Remedial massage effect you positively physically, but this therapy has a profound effect on your psychological well-being by encouraging relaxation and increases the the production of endorphins (natural pain killers and mood elevators).
The title of Sports Therapist has superseded the title of Musculoskeletal Therapist, and is often confused with the title of Physiotherapist- which is a coveted title.
In my clinic I assess, treat and rehabilitate alongside two Chartered Physiotherapist as their Associate Physiotherapist.
Sports therapy uses a range of therapeutic techniques and modalities for the prevention, recognition and treatment of injuries or complaints, such as:
It is not limited to athletes, any one wish to seek support and treatment for a physical injury or complaint can be seen by a Sports Therapist.
It can also be used to provide support with people wanting to maintain and improve fitness or support for their chosen sporting activity.
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What is the difference between Sports Therapy and Sports Massage and Physiotherapy?
The remit of sports therapist may be described as having the requisite knowledge and skills to help individuals and teams progress from being able to perform normal daily physical functions to more complex activities involved in sport. This will involve practitioners having a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, musculoskeletal injuries and other conditions, healing, exercise, rehabilitation, the effects of exercise, and being able to form an appropriate treatment plan utilising a range of interventions for the promotion of healing and/or athletic performance. The remit of sports therapist may be described as having the requisite knowledge and skills to help individuals and teams progress from being able to perform normal daily physical functions to more complex activities involved in sport. This will involve practitioners having a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, musculoskeletal injuries and other conditions, healing, exercise, rehabilitation, the effects of exercise, and being able to form an appropriate treatment plan utilising a range of interventions for the promotion of healing and/or athletic performance.
Physiotherapy has a broader scope of practice addressing the needs of a much wider population and range of conditions which are not solely related to increased physical activity. These may include degenerative and medical disorders with the remit of helping individuals return to being able to perform normal daily functions/activities. Training will include medicine and a wider range of manual therapy interventions, although with much less reliance on soft tissue therapy. A full undergraduate programme normally lasts for 4 years and includes field practice in an NHS environment for 12 months. Physiotherapy is nationally regulated in the UK and therefore only those successfully completing minimum training to University Undergraduate level via an approved programme are eligible to practice using the title Physiotherapist.
Sports Massage Therapy encompasses the scientific knowledge and manual therapy skills relating to specific soft tissues, their functions, the effects of manual therapy and exercise on normal, and damaged tissue. The main soft tissues include muscles, fascia, tendons, and ligaments. Level 3 courses address the prevention of injury and performance enhancement, whilst Level 4 includes conditions and injuries commonly suffered in sport or high activity, plus a range of interventions aimed at promoting repair and recovery.
(https://www.sportstherapyuk.com August, 2021)
Physical Modalities are physical agents (techniques and skill sets) that produce a specific therapeutic response, required to induce a quicker recovery and enhanced performance for the patient and sports person alike.
Kinesiology taping helps assist the body to recover from injury, it reduces inflammation, drains oedemas, improves mobility, reduces stress on joints, and can produce an analgesic (pain killer) effect, and helps further support any physical treatment you have had.
Want more information see: https://www.rocktape.co.uk/about-us/
In my clinic my preferred medium is RockTape.
'RockTape is the world’s best kinesiology tape. It can be used to treat sports and non-sports injuries, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee and back pain. Stretchier, stickier and stronger than the competition, RockTape is preferred by athletes and medical professionals throughout the world.' (rocktape.co.uk/kinesiology-tape July 2020)
Taping is recognised as a skill which is essential for all those involved in the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. It is widely used not only for sports injuries, but also for many other conditions such as muscle imbalance, unstable joints and impaired neural control. [Rose Macdonald]
During treatment and rehabilitation, taping aids the healing process by supporting and protecting the injures structures from other injury or stress, thus reducing the need for prolonged treatment and time off work. [Rose Macdonald]
All appointments are to be started with an Initial Consultation, in which I shall establish the level of injury or dysfunction, to provide a whole body assessment including full postural and gait assessment (the way you move), muscle testing and palpation, to ascertain the nature of the complaint and the appropriate treatment plan- mutually agreed between therapist and patient. After which the rest of the booked appointment will be performing treatment to the effected area(s).
Depending on the results of the Initial Consultation, follow up session are usually advisable within the first two weeks. Each treatment is treated with the induvial in mind and therefore one rule does not fit all. Therefore I discuss my findings with you and discuss between ourselves the most appropriate route forward to take regards to your personal circumstances.
Unlike a holistic massage, Sports Massages are focusing upon the area of dysfunction and injury. Therefore you will only need to remove clothing on the limbs required.
Underwear is to be worn at all times.
After-care is the same for all my treatments, with a Sports & Remedial Therapy, there may be further home exercises, rehabilitation exercises and care routines sent to you via email. If you have any questions I always direct you to contact me.
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