Sports Therapy & Sports Massage
I have been a qualified Sports Therapist for several years after graduating from the University College Birmingham with an ITEC Level 4 Sports Massage qualification. I have over 8 years of sports massage therapy experience. I also achieved a dry needling qualification with Sports Therapy UK, a kinesiology taping qualification with Rock tape, Emergency first aid and intermediate first aid for sport qualification with the Football Association. I am very dedicated in achieving new qualifications and have a lot planned for the near future to keep up to date with recent treatments in order to provide the best that I can for patients.
I have volunteered at the Birmingham Run, and Jujitsu tournaments held in Birmingham, taking part in charity football games providing sports therapy and sports massage. I worked at the University clinic for 2 years treating numerous patients with numerous injuries with the guidance of senior sports therapist/lecturer and also teaching new students. At the same time I started to build up one of my goals in life in becoming a sports therapist for a football team. The football team was Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club and I gained valuable experience while assisting the physiotherapy department with the academy team.
I then decided to come home to Suffolk and joined Bury Town Football Club where I am head of the Medical Department, and have been there for 3 years, and with Ipswich Town Football Club working with the academy players. I have helped Ipswich Town Football Club with sports massage during pre-season on the senior players, and as a volunteer match day physiotherapist in charity games organised by Bury Town Football Club and Ipswich Town Football Club.
About Sports Therapy and Treatments I offer
Sports Therapy is a type of healthcare that specialises in treating injuries. Sports Therapy can offer injury assessment, advice on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation exercises for acute (new) or chronic (old) injuries.
These injuries can occur from sport or at work and it is my aim to get you back to your best as quickly and sufficiently as I can.
Injuries can occur at any moment and are often outside of your own control. When injuries are left untreated the body tends to develop long term problems which will have a huge effect on your life. By seeking treatment swiftly it will promote sufficient healing and decrease the risk of injury re-occurrence due to the area being left weak for a certain amount of time.
Electrotherapy is an electrical power used for medical treatments and is useful for both acute and chronic conditions. Electrotherapy includes ultrasound and interferential current therapies.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive mechanical energy used to perform soundwaves to treat the injured tissue. Ultrasound has positive results when treating acute and chronic conditions, reduces scar tissue and adhesions, reduces pain, it enhances healing, and decreases swelling.
Interferential current therapy is very similar to a TENS machine but is more powerful and it works deeper into the tissue structures. Interferential current therapy is a non-invasive therapy that uses 2 low electronic frequencies; one is used to diminish pain, the other is for muscle stimulation to remove muscle wasting from a long or recent injury, muscle relaxation to treat strains, cramp and tightness.
Kinesiology taping is very beneficial to all injuries and can be used as a preventative measure too. Kinesiology tape works by producing proprioception which assists the muscles, tendons and ligaments in providing support.
Kinesiology taping can last up to a week and you will still still do your normal activities such as showering, exercise etc while wearing the tape. It is easily removed without harming the skin at the end of your treatment.
The benefits of taping are:
- Reduces inflammation and pain
- Increases healing time
- Provide support
- Allows you to stay active.
- decreases haematoma (bruising)
Sports massage is deeper and more intense than a Swedish massage; as it provides treatment to the damaged areas on the body, readjusts muscle fibres and connective tissue to heal the injured tissue, to remove any toxins in the body and get the person alleviated and back to their best.
Benefits of massage are:
- Increase circulation and lymphatic drainage
- To reduce pain
- To reduce stress and tightness on tissues
- To improve flexibility and range of movement.
Massage techniques used are Effleurage, Petrissage, Tapotement, Muscular Energy Techniques, Soft Tissue Release, Neuromuscular Techniques and Frictions.
Dry Needling involves multiple insertions of a filament needle into the muscle to relieve the “trigger point”. A trigger point is where there is built up of constant muscle tightness so it forms a knot. The purpose of dry needling is to activate the healing process of the soft tissues (muscle “trigger points”, fascia, tendons and ligaments) therefore decreasing pain and revitalising healthy physiology.
Studies have shown that dry needling can reduce pain, muscle tension, allows the muscle to align appropriately and assists the acceleration of injury recovery.
£50 for 1 hr
£30 for 30mins
Park Farm Practice 4 Park Farm Business Centre, Bury St Edmunds, Fornham St Genevieve IP28 6TS
Phone: 01284 242400 – 07929 034710