What is Sports Therapy?

Is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.

What is a Sports Therapist?

A Sports Therapist helps injured sporting and non sporting people back to fulJ performance, after injury. Injury treatment varies according to the sport or activity involved. A qualified Sports Therapist advises on prevention of injuries and can examine, assess and treat those that do occur, as well as helping with the rehabilitation process.

Do I have to be a Sports person to have Sports Therapy treatment?

Sports therapy is not just for people involved in sport. Musculoskeletal injuries do not just occur in sport, they are also common in everyday life, occurring in the work place as a result from poor techniques in functional movements, poor posture, repetitive strain as well as tight muscles.

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment you can either call or text 07535 091805, email info@lizstevenson.co.uk or message the clinic through our face book page. Please note if you try calling and you can not get to hold of anybody this means we are in treatments. Your call is very important to us and all voice mail inquiries or missed calls will be returned as soon as possible.

What should I wear and bring with me?

Please bring shorts, vest top or sports bra for the ladies. During treatment you will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm, comfortable and protect any clothing from oils used. Only the area being worked on will be exposed and your modesty will be looked after at all times. We will leave the room while you undress and the most important thing is that you feel relaxed.

Do I need doctor permission?

No not usually, however certain medical conditions can be adversely affected by massage, if you are unsure please check with a therapist before you make your appointment.

How many visits will I need?

This is not a question we can answer over the telephone or on the internet and nor should anyone else try it. The number of sessions will depend on many factors, including how long the symptoms have been present, current state of health physically and mentally, level of intensity of the pain, weather you are prepared to rest from activity, and how complicated the injury is, occupation and other factors.

A consultation is given prior to treatment and this will be discussed with your therapist and advised further. At no point will you be pressured into booking lots of treatments, the decision will be yours.

Does sports massage hurt?

Some forms of massage are very superficial and can be very relaxing. A sports massage is applied deeper strokes and techniques to manipulate soft tissue structures more effectively. This can induce a deeper relaxation although at the time some techniques (not all) may border on the uncomfortable. However, the massage should not be so painful. During a treatment with a sports massage therapist, they will check with you and ask how the pressure is. Please let them know if it is too much. The therapist will also look for body language which may suggest it is bordering on being painful and relax their pressure. It is important that the treatment is effective but not painful.