Sports Therapy is a combination of diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation that helps patients return to normal function regardless of your occupation, sport, age and ability. Fixing injuries or ‘restoring function’ as we say, is a package of treatment, good health, rehabilitation and of course, a vital element, positivity!

2 images - an X-Ray illustration of neck or shoulder pain, a close up of Heather Pearson treating a patient's back

A Sports Therapist has a multi-disciplined approach to helping a patient recover from an injury whether it’s a repetitive strain from too much typing, muscular dysfunction from bad posture or a rotator cuff injury from a rugby tackle. Sports Therapy requires the knowledge to assess an injury, provide the necessary treatment and implement an appropriate rehabilitation programme. If necessary, referral for specialist advice may be required.

Another major factor of Sports Therapy is the optimal preparation for sport and prevention of injuries. Sports Therapists can also provide first aid and attend to injuries in a sporting and competitive environment.

At 1body4life we use a combination of advanced techniques such as ART (Active Release Techniques), MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques), Stretch to Win and Trigenics as well as Sports Massage and trigger point techniques. These advanced techniques work for both athletes and non-athletes and when combined together, can produce extremely quick and permanent results.

After the initial diagnosis and treatment, the appropriate rehabilitation exercises are specified to compliment the treatment. Sometimes these exercises need to be updated at certain stages of care in order to continue progress, particularly if you have a major injury such as knee surgery, a prolapsed disc, a full Achilles tear, a shoulder dislocation, severe whiplash etc.

Due to the advanced techniques used at 1body4life, Sports Therapy can also help conditions such as bells palsy, types of vertigo / dizziness, headaches and chronic scar tissue over 10 years old!

2 images - a lady receives therapy to her upper back and Heather Pearson treating a client on a therapy table

Within a Sports Therapy session, for short and long term injuries, it’s important to provide a plan for the way forward. This may include a detailed rehabilitation plan, changing aspects of diet and lifestyle and most importantly instigating a positive outlook.

Pain is frustrating and inhibits daily life as well as exercise and physical activity. Psychologically positivity does actually induce a positive response to healing so looking on the bright side is an important element in this whole process.

Whether you attend the gym or you’re an elite athlete, at 1body4life, we can prescribe a training/strength and conditioning programme for you or for your trainer. Sometimes it is essential to perform rehabilitation exercises during a particular training phase.