Sports physiotherapy is a feature of health care that deals with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of patients who have been hurt by participating in sporting activities. This form of physiotherapy, also know as sports therapy, helps athletes to maintain optimum function and fitness. It uses various techniques, including sports massage, stretching, electrotherapy and acupuncture.
Here are some of the reason you should consider sports physiotherapy:
1. Enhance your physical strength
If you are an athlete, you likely tolerate blows while participating in the sport you love. These blows will result in strain on your muscles, bones, joints and ligaments. When you see a sports physiotherapist, he or she will help your body to be tougher and more robust. You will have increased strength to help you withstand the high level of physical pressure that sports involve.
2. Helps your body to relax
After a day of intense workouts or playing the field, it is expected that you will feel exhausted. Even though your body is tired it might be hard for you to relax and unwind. Seeing a sports therapist will help your body relax and regain the energy it needs for the following day.
3. Improves your joint and muscle flexibility
If you want to excel at your sport, you must have a flexible body. The level of flexibility required will depend on the sport or sports you participate in. Whatever the degree of flexibility you need, a sports therapist will help you achieve it.
4. Prevents injuries
Your physiotherapist will use varying exercises to help strengthen and condition your body for the sport you love. When your body is strengthened, it will be less susceptible to camps, muscle strain, torn ligaments and other injuries.
5. Treats injuries
No matter how cautious you are, you might still sustain injuries. With the help of a sports therapist, you can have a speedy recovery and prevent further complication from any injury you sustain.
Common injuries sports physiotherapy can treat
• Ankle sprains and ligament tears
• Plantar fasciitis
• Knee Sprains
• MCL, ACL and PCL tears
• Anterior and Posterior Ligament Dysfunction
• Medial and Lateral Ligament Dysfunction
• Patellofemoral Syndrome
• Osgood Schlatters Disease
• Meniscal/cartilage tears
• Capsule sprains
• Shoulder dislocation
• Rotator cuff tears
• Muscle Tears
• Herniated discs
• Neck and back compressions
• Concussion and whiplash
• Hip compressions
• Wrist sprains
What to expect when you see a sports physiotherapist
Usually, you will have a consultation with a sports therapist before you start any treatment. During the consultation, he or she will ask you to provide your medical history, answer questions about your lifestyle and provide other relevant information. This will help him or her to better assess your situation. You may also use the opportunity to get to know your physiotherapist better. So, feel free to ask questions too.
After the sports therapist has gathered all the necessary information, he or she will then asses your injury. This assessment will involve physical aspects such as checking your functional movements, posture and ligament stability. Once the issue has been diagnosed, the sports therapist will discuss a treatment plan with you. If you have any questions or concerns, raise them with your physiotherapist. After you have agreed to the treatment plan, you can then start sports physiotherapy.
Do you need sports physiotherapy in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond or surrounding areas?
If you are in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond or surrounding areas and you need sports physiotherapy, the specialists at Chipperfield Physiotherapy will come to you. Our service is convenient, reliable and guided by extensive training and experience. We can conduct sports therapy sessions in your home, office, on the field, at the rink, or any other location of your choice. So, give us a call today.