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Sports physiotherapy has come a very long way since its beginning in the nineteenth century. Before the last century, physiotherapy was seen by many as being outside the realm of science - it took real scientific investigation and efforts of sport physiotherapists to show there are real benefits and scientific methods behind sports physiotherapy.
Thankfully in more recent years, the public continues to learn about and enjoy the many benefits of sports physiotherapy - without the advances and growing acceptance of sports physiotherapy, not nearly as many people could return to their chosen sports or other activities as quickly as they can now. Sports physiotherapy treatment can be beneficial not only in facilitating faster healing of injuries, but also prevention of future injuries, and can help to alleviate the pain and stress that tends to occur with physical trauma.
Growing public acceptance of sports physiotherapy has made real relief and improvement in performance a reality for millions of people. From enhancing the physical strength of the athlete, to providing joint and muscle flexibility are just some of the benefits of sports physiotherapy.
1. Enhance physical strength of the athlete
Athletes at all levels use their physical strength while performing during their particular sport. At times, they have to tolerate physical blows, such as in boxing, rugby, basketball and football, and these activities place extra strain on the muscles of the athlete. A physiotherapist and their methods of treatment can help the athlete to improve their body toughness and robustness. Their bones, joints, muscles and ligaments are strengthened, thus enabling the athletes to withstand the high physical stress that is required by their sport.
2. Helps body relaxation
Sports physiotherapy is widely used by the athletic population for a variety of purposes such as injury prevention, recovery from fatigue, relaxation, and to increase performance. It was originally developed to help athletes prepare for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. However, it has been proven that sports physiotherapy treatments can reduce stress, anxiety and tension, loosen tight muscles, improves circulation of blood and lymph fluids around the body, improve the immune system and promote restful sleep, all of which are very important for any athlete preparing or recovering from a game.
3. Prevents injuries
Our team of physiotherapists offer customised services as per your individual needs. The treatment and exercise program is designed based on the training of the physiotherapists as well as their hands-on experience. At first, the expert will study your strength, flexibility and joint flexion. They will then use this information to design a program that will help enhance all your physical aspects, reduce your injury risk and develop your strength and fitness.
4. Sports injury treatment and rehabilitation
Regardless of the amount of care and caution you might take, accidents might occur. Our physiotherapist's will ensure your recovery is focused on both your physical and mental needs, with the aim of preventing further complications and injury. There are specific treatments for individual injuries, and your physiotherapist will work with your to create a customised program that will suit your lifestyle and individual needs, with the aim of getting you back on the field as quick as possible.
5. Improves joint and muscle flexibility
Athletes require a flexible and supple body for them to succeed in their career. Having adequate range of motion of the joints and adequate length of the muscles enables more effective movement and technique which then decreases the risk of injury associated with activity. Improved flexibility of the joints and muscles allows the body to perform tasks with increased co-ordination as the muscles work in a more balanced way together when the joints are able to achieve adequate range of motion with required movements. Stretching stiff muscles helps regain their elasticity and remove toxins which relieve pain and stiffness. Stretching joints also helps by increasing joint elasticity by lubricating the articular surface of the joint with increased flow of synovial fluid. This helps to prevent early degeneration of the cartilage and increases range of motion, thereby preventing or minimising the effects of joint disorders such as arthritis.
One of the strongest attributes of the field of sports physiotherapy is that there is no “one size fits all” treatment plan. At U Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates we understand that each client has very unique strengths and issues, and each client deserves comprehensive range of treatments to best address their issues and goals. Call us today to set up an appointment and start benefiting from one of our professional sports physiotherapist's today!
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