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All the information about Sports Therapy

Sports Therapy (ST) is used widely by athletes, amateur and professional, and by many non-athletes too. Sports Therapy concentrates on the soft tissues of the body, principally the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connecting tissues eg fascia.

The therapist uses his/her hands to find areas of muscle that are too tight, perhaps due to tension or poor posture, or have weakened due to disuse or injury.  With correct pressure and directional techniques (along or across the tissues), muscles can be returned to their normal length and facilitated to recover. For the recipient the benefits include reduced pain, better movement, greater relaxation and faster recovery from injury.

Many people, of all ages, can benefit from ST. Poor posture from repetitive actions and habits can lead to pain and dysfunction, especially in the back, neck and shoulders. People who sit a lot for work, use computers every day, or do a lot of driving are particularly vulnerable.

Emotional and psychological stress can also lead people to adopt defensive postures, and to tighten up particularly the shoulders and neck, resulting in pain, headaches and stiffness.

Some sporting activities involve heavy use of particular muscles, making them more vulnerable to injuries.  Amateur and professional sports people regularly have ST, to help them recover from injury but also to prevent against future problems and to prepare before and recover from competition.

Some joint pain particularly that attributed to osteoarthritis, will often improve if the muscles that move the joint in question are kept in better condition.

ST is beneficial for a number of reasons. It improves the general circulation of blood around the body, which increases nutrients and helps remove toxins. It can help break down scar tissue after surgery or injury, and also reduce adhesions and fibrous tissue which can continue to cause pain after the original injury/operation has resolved. ST also improves the function of the nervous system. Tension in soft tissues impairs movement sensation, which disrupts the balance between our fight/flight mechanisms and relaxation. Increasing sensory feedback through better movement of the soft tissues helps keep a body more relaxed.

 

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