Sports Therapy is an area of healthcare that concentrates on the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age or ability.
The main treatment method used is Sports and Remedial Massage. Massage is a natural therapy, which has been used since the origins of mankind and has remained the principal method of treating most musculoskeletal problems for years.
Minor injury is by far the most common musculoskeletal problem and these are becoming less adequately dealt with, although they can still be extremely painful and may seriously affect the person`s occupation, sport or quality of life. If not treated properly early on these minor injuries can progress into a more serious condition in the long term.
Massage can treat such minor injuries quickly and effectively and therefore prevent a more serious problem, this is not only true in a sports context but also in term of posture and other forms of stress.
Just some of the problems that have been treated;
Neck & Back Pain
As part of a balanced fitness programme, sports massage therapy can help you get where you want to be. A regular programme of massage can help your body recover from the stresses and strains of exercise or work, maintain the balance between strength and flexibility, and help you avoid injury.
Equine Sports Massage
Equine Sports Massage is a therapeutic hands on technique for the purpose of increasing circulation and range of motion. It also improves a horses stamina and over all performance as well as enhancing muscle tone.
While training horses, conformational defects, over training and poor training and conditioning can all lead to tissue lesions in the muscles. These in turn lead to restricted motion and pain. Such problems can be improved or prevented through sports massage.
Massage concentrates on muscles that cannot secure their own release, this muscle sensitivity is a secondary result or symptom to orthopeadic type issues, injuries or illness, with over use or over stretching of a muscle being the primary cause.
These techniques aim to restore the freedom of movement by reducing the resistance of motion. The less wear and tear on a horse translates to a longer lifetime, as well as enhanced skills with the increased range of motion.
Stretching is as essential for all equine athletes as it is for human athletes, therefore should be included in any conditioning programme. When performed correctly the technique is safe for any healthy horse.
Many horses are trained at a muscle exertion of only 60% of the maximum contractile length, which can lead to tight, unsupple muscles with decreased range of motion. When a muscle is stretched 100% before contraction the strength of the muscle contraction works at maximum efficiency.
Stretching lengthens the muscles and the connective tissue surrounding the muscle fibres, thereby reducing tension on joints and tendons.
“Sixteen years ago I broken my leg badly and after several operations and hospital physiotherapy the ankle remained swollen and gave daily pain. Amanda became my Sports Therapist about 4 years ago, and over this time has reduced the swelling and gradually increased my movement. She has not only attended to my injuries but also to members of my family, my husband, my daughter, and she has also treated my horses who totally trusted her. I can fully recommend Amanda and ensure you will feel very confident in her hands”.
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