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The following are some of most frequently asked questions concerning both my practice and sports therapy in general. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. There's no such thing as a silly question.

What is sports therapy?

The understanding and promotion of fitness, training and health.

Sports therapy is a professional and recognised treatment option aimed at restoring normal function following injury or to further improve function in order to enhance dance or sport ability.

During an appointment, the client will be asked about their condition, then examined for postural imbalances, joint range of motion, muscular strength and control and flexibility, in order to diagnose the problem.

Treatment may involve manual therapy such as mobilising a joint to increase range, remedial massage or taping. Electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimlulation can be used to relieve symptoms such as pain and spasm. Exercise programs are often prescribed in order to restore strength and flexibility.

I'm not a dancer. Can I still get treatment?

Yes. This is why Sports Therapy 4 London was created.

Treating dancers who generally have a higher risk of injury because of the intensity of their art, means that we are well prepared to treat everyday injuries.

We can treat bad backs, stiff necks and poor posture, which so many people suffer with, especially if you spend a lot of time infront of a computer!

We also treat traumas resulting from other sports such as football, tennis, running or just a hard day at the gym.

Just send us an email or give us a call.

I have an injury. What should I do?

If the injury has happened within the last 3 days, we will be able to give you advice of how best to treat it while it is within the acute stage.

The use of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) procedure is a well established first contact management for injuries.

We are able to tape and strap minor injuries to allow you to continue to work with them if absolutely necessary, although this is not advisable and rest is always the best way to treat an acute injury. Pain is always an indication that you should stop the activity which is causing it - the body knows best!

After 3 days, it will become possible to start treating the affected tissue and facilitate the fastest recovery possible with the least amount of future problems.

Give us a call or send us an email to make an appointment.

Which treatment is right for me?

The great thing about sports therapy is that there are such a wide variety of techniques to chose from when treating a particular problem.

The type of treatment wil depend very much on the stage of the injury, although once past the acute stage (72 hours), there are many different aspects to rehabilitation. We will be able to advise which treatment will be the most effective for you, while taking into consideration your preferences and expectations.

Generally speaking, sub-acute injuries will require remedial massage, muscle energy techniques and rehabilitational exercise. Chronic injuries will often require trigger point therapy and soft tissue release. Myofascial release is also very effective for chronic soft tissue problems, but is especially effective in aiding postural problems.

Singers and performers, take a look at vocal massage!

Please click on the links to learn more about each type of treatment.

Is there anything I can do at home?

If you have just sustained an injury, there are certain things you can do at home, to calm inflammation and speed up the healing process, including ice treatments and elevating the affected area where possible.

As part of most treatment programmes, you will be given exercises to practise in between appointments. These will improve strength and flexibility, which will help to heal injuries and very importantly, prevent them from happening in the future.

What are the most common injuries that dancers experience?

Unlike many sporting activities, dance requires almost complete synergy of the body - it uses every single muscle possible! However, the lower body in particular is constantly put under great amounts of stress. Feet, ankles, knees, hips and the lower back are often more susceptible to overuse injuries and weakness. This is especially true when tiredness sets in, after long days of class and rehearsals. On occasions like this, technique can be neglected and overuse injuries are even more likely to occur.

Common injuries are as follows:

  • Ankle
    • Dancer's Fracture
    • Hallux Valgus and Bunion
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Achilles Tendinitis
    • Lateral Ankle Sprain
  • Knee
    • Anterior Knee Pain
    • Patellar Tendonitis
    • Meniscus Tear
    • Medial Collateral Ligament Tear
    • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear
  • Hip
    • Snapping Hip
    • Iliacus Tendinitis
    • Piriformis Syndrome
    • Femoral Stress Fracture
  • Back
    • Lower back strain
  • Shoulder
    • Shoulder Dislocation
    • Rotator Cuff Tear
    • Acromioclavicular Joint Sprain

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