What’s the difference between a Physiotherapist and a Sports Therapist?

The name sports therapist is a little deceiving as sports therapy in recent years has progressed from just the treatment of “injured athletes”. Sports Therapists are specialised in the musculoskeletal system and are able to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate a vast amount of common muscular complaints, for example shoulder tension, strains and sprains, tennis elbow, all to name a few.

For more information visit www.sportstherapyassociation.co.uk

Physiotherapists work in a vast variety of health care settings and despite the misconception; they deal with far more than just musculoskeletal injuries. (The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2008)

The priority of both sports therapists and physiotherapists will endeavour to reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability this is in conjunction with the development of fitness and well being of every individual. Both physiotherapists and sports therapists must obtain a gradate degree programme to become accredited and insured by their individual governing bodies.


Is Sports Therapy just for people who participate in sport?

No, a sports therapist is trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries, which can include both acute and chronic. These Injuries can be caused at work, during daily living as well as during physical activity and therefore despite the name, sports therapy is not just for sports people.


What is involved in Sports Therapy Treatment?

On your first visit to the clinic an initial consultation process will be conducted in order to obtain a case history and to discuss the type and frequency of treatment to be tailored to every individual. The treatment itself is dependant on this discussion and consists of a number of techniques including Electrotherapy, massage and assisted stretching.


How often should I get Treatment?

Treatment and rehabilitation varies for every individual and for every injury, it therefore depends on what you are being treated for. Generally for sports men and women treatments every 6-8 weeks are beneficial and during more intense training periods between 4-6 weeks, it is all dependant on individual preference and the healing processes of that individual.


The Benefits of Regular Massage Include:

Massage can be used to help removal of waste products within the body. It also increases the good nutrients needed to maintain a healthy body and mind.
1.Eases muscular aches and pains.
2.Increases circulation.
3.Eases stress and anxiety.
4.Aids in the removal of fatty tissue deposits
5.Highlights any weakness or imbalance.

Every massage is personal and the use of all techniques are used to provide the best care of each individual.


How can a Sports Therapist work with together with Chiropractors?

Chiropractors, like sports therapists diagnose and treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system. However these problem areas have an affect on the nervous system and also on general health. Chiropractic care tends to be specifically related to the spine through adjustments.

There is a great team of Chiropractors at the Plymouth Chiropractic Clinic in Mannamead, for more information call, 01752 770131 or visit www.plymouthchiropractic.com.


How can a Sports Therapist work together with Kinesiologists?

Kinesiology refers to the study of movement. A Kinesiologist uses gentle muscle testing to evaluate different functions of the body, including, structural, chemical, neurological and biomechanical. Any disturbances in the bodies’ functions can then be addressed through massage or nutritional advice on dietary intake. These two therapies complement each other and to some degree overlap one another. Together they provide great health care.

James Deady, works alongside Liz May at the Plymouth Chiropractic Clinic in Mannamead, for more information visit www.innatenaturalhealth.co.uk or call James on 07854 601550.