Everything you need to know about Sports Physical Therapy

1.What’s Physical Therapy?

Manual physical therapy is a specialised form of physiotherapy conducted manually with a hands on approach opposed to a medical devices or machines. Manual hand therapy, techniques used by our clinical practitioners at MY Sports injury apply pressure through the hands towards muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to reduce back pains caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.

2. How physical therapy works?

Manual Physical Therapy provides Pain Relief for Acute / Chronic Back Pains

Manual therapy can be highly beneficial for the treatment of joints that lack adequate mobility and range of motion in Musculo-skeletal type conditions. This limitation can cause discomfort, pain, and an alteration in function, posture, and movement. Manual physical therapy involves restoring the human bodies mobility to stiff joints and reducing muscle tension in order to return the patient to normal activities of daily living and normal movement without pain to a pain free active lifestyle.

Manual therapy may provide back pain relief both for patients with chronic back pain involving joint problems, such as Sacroiliac Joint dysfunction and also acute back pain from soft tissue injuries such as a back muscle strain or nerve root dysfunction.

3. Which are the main physical therapy techniques?

Physical therapy techniques are focused on relaxing tense back muscles and restriction in joints in order to decrease back or neck pains and increase flexibility in the soft tissues. In general, manual physical therapy techniques are used in the following types of movement:

  • Soft tissue work, including massage, which applies pressure to the soft tissues of the body such as the muscles. This pressure can help relax muscles, increase circulation, break up scar tissue, and ease pain in the soft tissues.
  • Mobilisation/Manipulation, which uses measured movements of varying speeds and oscillations (slow to fast), force pressure of hand (gentle to forceful), and distances (called ‘amplitude’) to twist, pull, or push bones and joints into position. This can help to loosen tight tissues around a joint as a distraction type technique and reduce pain in a joint and surrounding tissue, and help with flexibility and alignment.

4. How does physiotherapy works?

Physiotherapy aims to reduce & eliminate physical forms of pain, and dysfunction in the body. More importantly it can help to reduce the possibility of pain or injuries becoming deep rooted & more severe. It also helps to prevent any re-occurrence of symptoms for longer term pain management.

Physiotherapy treatment usually involves a 30 minute session during which the physiotherapist, having diagnosed the problem, treats the patient by using a combination of  treatment methods such as manipulation, massage, exercise therapy and /or other modalities such as ultrasound, laser or interferential therapy.