Sports Therapy is 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 science incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.
A Sports Therapist will specialise in Musculoskeletal conditions, including – but not limited to – sports injuries, back pain, posture, and joint issues. Following the increasing demand for Sports Massage, Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury services, and the growing NHS waiting list, Sports Therapy offers the general population a range of services to take advantage of, which also expands to the field of rehabilitation. A range of techniques can be used to achieve an effective outcome, such as sports massage, remedial massage, soft tissue release, soft tissue mobilisation, joint mobilisations, manipulative techniques, myofascial release, medical acupuncture and kineseo taping.
In the sporting environment, Sports Therapy uses sports and exercise principles to optimise performance, preparation, rehabilitation and injury prevention programmes.
Assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of your problem will take place and referral for further specialist advice is an important aspect that will take place to ensure the best care and effective treatment outcome for all clients.
The Bowen Fascial Release Technique is a drug-free, non-invasive, hands-on therapy which can be administered through light clothing. It has been reported that people have gained benefit through Bowen Therapy for conditions, including back, neck, shoulder and other acute and chronic muscular pain; stress-related conditions including depression; asthma, hay fever and other respiratory problems; sports injuries, IBS, migraine, fertility, hormonal imbalance and a host of other health issues. It is suitable for people of all ages, from tiny babies with colic to mature clients who suffer from arthritis. There are many personal testimonies of Bowen working when nothing else has helped.
In a typical Bowen treatment, the therapist, using only thumbs and fingers, makes small rolling movements over muscles, tendons and soft tissue at precise points on the body. This subtle but dynamic process releases stress at a very deep level, allowing the body to re-align, address imbalances in functions and chemical composition and , as far as possible, restore homeostasis (physiological equilibrium) within the body. A treatment normally takes between 45 minutes to an hour, and includes periods of rest, to allow the body to absorb the information it has received and initiate the healing process. Some clients become so relaxed that they fall asleep during the session.
Bowen practitioners do not diagnose, nor do they prescribe or alter medication. They may, however, advise clients to get regularly assessed by their doctor, in case their medication dose needs to be adjusted. Bowen is generally pleasant to receive, and can be administered through light clothing. Short-term (acute) injury is usually resolved in 1 to 3 sessions, while longstanding (chronic) conditions may require several more Bowen sessions. Many people return regularly for ‘top-up’ treatments, to boost their feeling of health and well-being and to strengthen their immune system.