Sports Therapy Manchester

Manchester Sports Therapy Clinic

Freedom Care Clinics offer Sports Therapy in Manchester for professional competitors, weekend warriors and everybody in between. Our sports therapists are qualified to MSc level and have experience working with some top local professional sports clubs. 

Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that focuses on musculoskeletal prevention of injury and injury rehabilitation. The main goal is to get the patient back to optimal levels of functional, occupational and sports-specific fitness. It utilises the principles of sport and exercises science incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.

What To Expect At Freedom Care Clinics Sports Therapy, Manchester

Your Sports Therapist will listen and ask questions about your injury or concern, your overall health, and other medical care you may be receiving. This information will be recorded in your records and is kept completely confidential.

After taking your case history the Sports therapist will perform an examination. They may ask you to do some simple movements and stretches and observe how your body moves, along with your posture. The sports therapist will also make note of any areas that are inflamed, painful, or having another issue. They will also assess your muscle strength & function and joint range of motion.

Following this, your Sports therapist will discuss your diagnosis, and if required formulate a plan for resolving your issue.

How does Sport Therapy Treatment Work?

A Sports therapist uses hands-on treatment modalities to deal with musculoskeletal disorders and the treatment of pain & injury. A key role of sports therapists is to assist in the rehabilitation of injuries to enable a safe and prompt return to sport. The focus is on relieving pain, restoring, maintaining and maximising movement as well as increasing the patient’s quality of life. Several modalities may be used to improve your condition including hands-on manual therapy, electrotherapy, dry needling, exercise advice strengthening/stretching, taping and sports massage.

What can a sports therapist treat?

  • Muscular strain and tear
  • Joint pain secondary to sports injury
  • Repetitive strain injuries such as tennis elbow and runner’s knee
  • Tendinopathy (such as achilles, rotator cuff, patella)
  • Shoulder Impingement Issues
  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar-fascitis
  • Groin and buttock pain.

Preventing Sports Injuries

Some injuries are unavoidable. However, there is some basic advice for reducing the risk of some sports injuries.

  • Warm up using simple repetitive dynamic movements at increasing intensity.
  • Use a structured training routine when building up to competing. Don’t try to push yourself too far past your current fitness level
  • Use appropriate equipment and clothing.
  • Consider a cool down after training including some light stretches (and maybe even a cold bath/shower)
  • Don’t forget to do resistance training (lift weights) even if your sport is mainly cardiovascularly focused.

Treatment For Sports Injuries

How an injury is treated depends on whether it is an acute injury or a chronic injury.
An acute injury is one that appears suddenly and is usually linked with some kind of trauma. It will often cause sudden pain, swelling, lack of mobility, weakness and tenderness.
P.R.I.C.E. is a recommended approach to treating an acute injury.
P – Protect the area from further injury, using support or bandage
R – Rest the injured joint or muscle for a period of time
I – Ice the injury using packs or cooling bandages in the first 48 hours after it occurs
C – Compress the area to limit swelling and unwanted movement
E – Elevate the injured area to encourage fluid to drain away and reduce swelling
Severe acute sporting injuries might require a visit to your local Urgent Care Centre or A&E department. For strains, sprains and soft tissue injuries, our Sports Therapists, Osteopaths and Physiotherapists can help you manage symptoms of pain and advise on the best route to full recovery.
A chronic injury is a long-standing condition, usually caused by overuse over a period of time. Chronic injuries include arthritis, tendonitis, RSI, tennis elbow and runner’s knee. They are often accompanied by swelling, tenderness and long-lasting pain.
Chronic injuries are best managed with the advice of a healthcare professional. Our team of Sports Therapists, Osteopaths and Physiotherapists will work with you to reduce pain using adjustments, manipulation to the area, Electrotherapy, Taping, deep tissue massage, deep tissue release and mobilisation. They’ll also advise on lifestyle modifications and supplementation to help speed up recovery and reduce the chances of the injury reoccurring. If necessary, your practitioner may refer you to a specialist or consultant.

Contact Us

Our treatments can not only heal your sports injury but also maintain your fitness and identify any other injuries. Osteopathy treatment
is available in all our Leeds and Manchester clinics

Treatment fees may be recoverable from your private medical insurance

For more information, call your local clinic on the number below.

Manchester: 0161 503 5656