Sports Therapy is very much a hands on treatment. Unlike a Physiotherapist, we won’t be treating anyone else at the same time and we won’t be putting you under a machine for the majority of your appointment time and you will also get the full appointment time, or just pay for the time you have in the clinic if we feel you don’t require the full 60 minutes. A Sports Therapist is ‘Sports’ specific meaning we specialise in Sporting injuries.
Huddersfield Sports Massage Therapy also will not have you coming in for further treatments if they are not necessary!
If you suffer from an ailment that isn’t on this list, please contact us to discuss the matter with our senior massage therapist. No two people suffer with the same condition, injury or illness in the exact same way. Everyone has a unique set of symptoms. We don’t treat the condition, we treat the symptoms, and we look to get to the root of why the body is producing the symptoms and look to work at route cause.
This list is not exhaustive, and you may have some ailment or condition that you might like to ask us about personally. Please do contact us or call for a free consultation. We will be honest with you if we feel your problems are beyond our remit.
At Huddersfield Sports Massage Therapy we treat many runners, amateur, semi and professional footballers / rugby players and local Boxers. Sports therapy is not just limited to sports people; it can be a regular gym trainer or a sedentary office worker who requires our treatment and help.
A Sports Therapy treatment is very individualised as no injury is the same. We will study your posture and conduct a series of assessments to pin point the cause of your injury. You will receive a treatment which includes the use of no machines and leave with aftercare advice with how best to manage your injury. We are very honest in our approach to appointments and if we don’t need to see you again we will let you know, but the more time we spend with our clients the more things we find out and the more we can advise i.e. stretching and strengthening advice.
The plantar fascia or arch ligament is a band that runs from under the heel to the front of the foot. A strain or rupture to this is quite common. A plantar fascia strain might result from one single traumatic incident or may gradually occur over a period of time.
Localized tenderness and pain over the plantar fascia on the sole of the foot. A sudden pain under the arch/heel of the foot. A nodule or lump may be present in the plantar fascia, which might indicate a partial rupture.
Deep tissue sports massage techniques can reduce the tension in and stretch the plantar fascia and the calf muscles.
A calf strain is a tear to one or both of the muscles at the back of the lower leg, usually in the middle at the junction between the muscle and tendon.
Symptoms of a calf muscle strain can vary significantly but in general include a sudden sharp pain at the back of the lower leg. The calf muscle will be tender to touch at the point of injury and swelling and bruising may appear. Depending on how bad the calf injury is the athlete may be able to continue in some discomfort or they may be unable to walk in severe pain.
After the initial acute phase sports massage can help by stimulating blood flow, stretching the muscle and loosening any tight knots, lumps and bumps in the muscle. Scar tissue is softened and new fibres aligned which will aid the healing process and help prevent re-injury.
Shin splints is the common name often given to any shin pain at the front of the lower leg. The most common shin splints symptoms occur at the front inside of the shin bone and can arise from a number of causes.
What are the symptoms of shin splints?
The most obvious symptom of shin splints is pain over the inside lower half of the shin bone. There may be pain at the start of exercise which often eases as the session continues only to come back worse later in the training session or afterwards. Shin splints pain is often worse the next morning.
Sports massage can be used to the posterior deep muscle compartment along with soft tissue mobilisation techniques to the tibialis anterior muscle and joint mobilisation of the ankle joint. Massage can help relax and stretch the tight calf muscles taking strain off the inflamed and painful tissues.
Iliotibial band syndrome causes knee pain on the outside of the knee from friction of the iliotibial band on the side of the knee. It is also known as ITB syndrome or ITBFS and sometimes referred to as runners knee.
Symptoms of ITB syndrome consist of pain on the outside of the knee at or around the lateral epicondyle of the femur or bony bit on the outside of the knee. The pain comes on at a certain time in a run and gradually gets worse until often the runner has to stop. After a period of rest the pain may go only to return again when running starts again. The pain is normally aggravated by running, particularly downhill.
Sports and remedial massage treatments will generally include hip mobilisation techniques, myofascial release and trigger point work to help with the relief of pain to the outer knee.
Piriformis syndrome causes pain in the buttock which radiates down the leg and is due to the sciatic nerve being impinged by the piriformis muscle.
Symptoms of Piriformis syndrome include tenderness or pain in the buttock muscle. The pain may radiate down the back of the leg into the hamstring muscles and sometimes even the calf muscles. It is common for pain to initially be confused with sciatica or a hamstring strain. However there will be no area in the hamstrings which is tender to touch. Reduced range of motion of the hip joint, especially into internal hip rotation is often seen.
A mixture of soft tissue and myofascial release along with some hip mobilisations muscle energy techniques (MET’s) and trigger point therapy.
A groin strain is a tear or rupture to any one of the muscles resulting in pain and swelling.
Symptoms of an acute groin strain typically include a sudden sharp pain in the groin area, either in the belly of the muscle or higher. An athlete or amateur sports person may or may not be able to play on depending on how bad it is. There may also be rapid swelling followed by bruising. Groin strains are graded 1, 2 or 3 depending on the extent of the injury.
Once the injury has healed Sports Massage can help with loosening off tight adductors and helping the adductor muscles ‘fire’ better with muscle energy techniques (MET’s). Hip mobilisations may also be conducted as restrictions in this area can cause potential restrictions for the groin. Trigger point therapy may also be applied if required.
Sacroiliac joint pain is usually located either to the left or right of the lower back, although it is sometimes described as a band of pain across the lower back. The pain can range from an ache to a sharp pain which can restrict movement. Sacroiliac joint pain may radiate out into your buttocks and low back and will often radiate to the front into the groin and occasionally testicles. Very occasionally there may be referred pain into the lower limb which can be mistaken for sciatica.
Classic symptoms also include difficulty turning over in bed, struggling to put on shoes and socks and pain getting your legs in and out of the car. The patient will experience stiffness in the lower back when getting up after sitting for long periods and when getting up from bed in the morning. There is likely to be aching to one side of your lower back when driving long distances. There may be tenderness on palpating the ligaments which surround the joint.
Sports Massage Therapy will help relieve any soft tissue tension in the area as will mobilisation techniques on the SI joint and the hips. Muscle energy techniques (MET’s) may also be a useful addition to the treatment.
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a common injury causing pain on the outside of the elbow. Despite its name, this condition is not commonly seen in tennis players but more in work related elbow injuries particularly where repetitive stress is involved. Tennis elbow symptoms can be similar to those of other elbow injuries so it is important to get a correct diagnosis early on.
Symptoms of tennis elbow typically consist of pain about 1 to 2 cm down from the bony part on the outside of the elbow called the lateral epicondyle. The patient will have weakness in the wrist and difficulty doing simple tasks such as opening a door handle or shaking hands with someone. Pain is reproduced when pressing just below the lateral epicondyle on the outside of the elbow as well as when trying to straighten or extend the hand and fingers against resistance.
Myofacial release and transverse friction techniques across the tendon may be beneficial, especially if initial rest and ice is unsuccessful.
Carpal tunnel syndrome s probably the most common cause of wrist pain. Symptoms include a dull ache in the wrist and forearm with pain which may radiate into the hand and fingers, often worse at night. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist. The median nerve is one of the nerves which supplies the hand. It passes through the wrist in a narrow channel called the carpal tunnel, along with the flexor digitorum superficialis and flexor pollicis longus tendons.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome usually increase gradually over time and may initially only be present at night. Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur in one or both wrists at the same time. Symptoms consist of a dull ache in the wrist and forearm. Pain which may radiate into the thumb and four fingers but not the little finger. The patient may feel sensations of tingling or burning in the hand or four fingers.
Pain from carpal tunnel syndrome is often worse at night and can radiate into the forearm, elbow or shoulder. In addition weakness in the fingers and hands may be experienced
Massage of the lower arm muscles can help relax the muscle. Trigger point therapy maybe a useful addition to treatment to try eliminate pain. Strengthening exercises for the wrist maybe given.