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sports-physiotherapist

Sports Physiotherapist

Athletes use Sports Physiotherapy for fast recovery after injury, overtraining, or preparation for  “stressful” sporting events. If you are constantly training week after week, the risk of a training injury will almost certainly increase. Unfortunately, the mind can push the body faster than the bodies structure can change. We use skilled Physiotherapy, exercise and Massage techniques to speed recovery to the fastest rate. Speeding up the bodies recovery time is essential at a sporting level as periods of inactivity may slow progress. Hatfield Practice can provide an intensive treatment program during the lead-up and sporting events such as competitions or marathons. Sports Physiotherapy works well with athletes at all levels, and for most sports, Hatfield Practice provides OsteopathsPhysiotherapistsAcupuncturistsSports Massage Therapists. We’re used by local league sides, occasional joggers, and sporting beginners and have worked with numerous elite athletes and professional football clubs, senior rugby sides, numerous athletic squads, and teams.

Sports injury treatment at The Hatfield Practice

 

Sports Physiotherapy Treatment

  1. Mobilise / Massage and free restricted joints: Joints that are not moving with 100% ease will slow you down and require more muscular effort and energy, and are more prone to injury, tiring you more and making you less efficient. Your potential full range of movement will probably not be achieved either, reducing performance.
  2. Stimulate relevant muscle groups: Muscles that are not relaxed and alert will not react fast and explosive but will be more prone to injury and consume excessive energy. Tight muscles will also reduce your range of movement.
  3. Free up the diaphragm function: A tight diaphragm will restrict your breathing, hence reducing your oxygen intake and adversely affect your performance and recovery. This is achieved in part by improving rib, thoracic spine and accessory respiratory muscle function.
  4. Connect the body: One part of the body that doesn’t function optimally can affect other areas. For example, a little neck restriction irritating the motor fibres of the nerves that supply the arm can reduce the response of the target muscles as far away as the fingers. Muscle chains are muscles that enhance (or reduce) other muscles, e.g., postural muscles in the neck can affect postural muscles in the lower back so that a lower back weakness can be caused by muscular tension in the neck. The arm swing is chained to the leg swing in the normal gait pattern so that a shoulder problem can affect the hip (and vice versa) through a faulty muscle chain.
  5. Special attention to known weaknesses and areas prone to injury: 

The Sports Physiotherapy treatment starts with a medical case history, often followed by spinal and neurological examinations. The Physiotherapist may test functional muscle performance and joint examination to check the body’s structure and function. The Physiotherapy may also perform deep soft tissue massage and specific therapeutic nerve stretches. Patients tell us that this style of Sports Physiotherapy provides an amazing sense of lightness and freedom of movement. 

Treatments may include manipulation of the spine to help with the flexibility of the whole body. Hands-on manipulation/mobilisation of peripheral joints eases restrictions throughout the body. After the Sports Physiotherapy treatment, you may feel lighter, free and invigorated due to endorphins and improved blood flow. Flexibility and pain-free muscles may mean we can perform to our very best.