General Questions

Can Sports Therapy help?

Sports Therapist’s treat a wide variety of conditions. We specialise in solving your aches and pain, whilst determining the cause of your signs and symptoms. We aim to help with conditions affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and nerves.

Can you be treated if you are not a sports person?

YES! Do not let the word ‘sport’ fool you, we specialise in the general public too. For example, both a sports person and the general public can suffer with knee pain. The same tests will be carried out in both cases. The only difference will be the rehabilitation plans, as they are specific to individuals needs.

How long are the treatment sessions?

Your first appointment lasts up to an hour. This will include taking a history of your condition, a thorough
physical examination of the problem area and treatment. There is also time for you to ask questions.
Regular appointments are 30 minutes and will depend on what your treatment plan requires.

How many treatments will I need?

Everyone and every condition differs so this will depend on certain factors. The severity of a treatment
and how long you have had it can result in a longer treatment plan. This will be discussed with you at
your first appointment. In some cases only one or two treatments are required as we provide a home
exercise regime and strongly encourage self management.

How soon after an injury can I book?

We try and see someone as soon as possible after injury to advise and guide them through treatment.
However, ultimately this is up to you. If you have recently had surgery, your consultant should advise you on when is best.

What is the difference between Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy?

The two professions share many similarities and overlap in their treatment programmes. However,
physiotherapists treat illnesses, diseases, neurological and respiratory issues, as well as
musculoskeletal problems. Physiotherapy attempts to rehabilitate to a comfortable level. Sports therapy
on the other hand aims to return a patient to their activity level.

What is the difference between Sports Therapy and Sports Massage?

Sports massage encompasses the scientific knowledge and manual therapy skills relating to specific soft
tissues, their functions, the effects of manual therapy and exercise on normal, and damaged tissue.
Sports Therapy entails a higher level of training that includes a wider set of skills and supporting

What should I wear?

Whatever you feel comfortable in. In order to gain the best assessment, we will may ask you to take
some items of clothing off. If you would feel more comfortable bringing someone with you then please
do. We want you to feel as relaxed as possible.


What treatments are commonly used?

Depending on what your condition requires we use a variety of manual therapies, acupuncture, taping
and exercise/stretches.

Questions about Massage

How does it work?

Sports Massage is super effective at relieving pain from injury, improving recovery from exercise and competition, relaxing knots in your back and tight, tired and stressed muscles and improving the condition of muscles, tendons and ligaments. You don’t need to be injured to benefit from sports massage.

How regular do I need massage?

Usually we start with once every 2 weeks. This then elongates as the body adapts to the treatments.

Will it hurt?

The pressure will be dependent upon you. We do not want you to be in agony but want you to feel the treatment so that the body is adapting to the imposed demands. Be sure to give the therapist feedback as only you can tell how much pain you are in.

Questions about Acupuncture

Do you use the needles again?

Once a needle has been used it is safely disposed.

Is acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture rarely ‘hurts’. Sometimes people can feel a dull ache around the area of the needle.

Questions about Exercise

Do I need to warm up before exercise?

If you are doing intense exercise we advise that you complete a warm up including static and dynamic stretches.

How often will I need to do exercise?

Your rehabilitation plan will be tailored to suit you however, we recommend that the rehab plan is performed at least once a day to get the best results.


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Should I apply hot or cold to my injury?

If a severe injury is suspected the individual should be referred immediately to either an A&E.
If possible, apply cold in the form of ice immediately after an injury for 10 minutes. The aim is to reduce local tissue temperature, reduce pain and cause vasoconstriction in the area which can help to minimise and control swelling. The PRICE guidelines are very helpful for the first 48-72 hours following a soft tissue injury-Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation.
Heat can help relieve tightness and is mainly used in non acute conditions.

What exercises will be best for my injury?

This will depend on the injury itself and what stage of the healing process it is in. Generally rehabilitation principles follow regaining optimal length, strength and function.