Everyone can benefit from regular exercise/sport and the many physical, social, and psychological benefits exercise and sporting activities can bring These benefits include keeping your joints and muscles healthy, losing weight, keeping your heart healthy, and improving your mood and mental health.
Being physically active can also reduce the impact of many long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, and cardiovascular diseases. Unfortunately exercise/sporting activities can sometimes become the cause of pain and suffering as there is always an inherent risk of injury. The nature and severity of sports injuries is dependent on the nature of the sports activity/exercise you are doing, your age group, and the frequency of exercise. Injury from sport or exercise can occur for various reasons such as overuse, direct trauma, or through lack of preparation. At times, these sports injuries can lead to long-term damage, so it is important to take all the precautions to minimise the risk of injury. The good news is that many of these sports injuries can be avoided and treated with myotherapy.
Myotherapy for Sports Injuries
You may not be a professional athlete, but when it comes to managing sports-related injuries, you want the same level of care and treatment pros get. Many top athletes rely on myotherapy to get them back on the playing field quickly and safely.
Myotherapy for sports injuries is a specialised form of manual therapy tailor-made for those athletes who want to treat and/or reduce the risk of injury, improve flexibility, and obtain maximum performance – both before and after an event or exercise.
Myotherapists have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the anatomy of the human body and are familiar with the unique demands placed upon the musculoskeletal system of athletes whenever they participate in any strenuous exercise or sports event. Myotherapists employ a range of techniques to prevent sports-related injuries and help athletes recover more quickly if they experience one. These techniques may include but not limited to:
- manual release techniques
- longitudinal and cross-fiber friction
- muscle energy technique
- Electrotherapies such as E-stim and TENS
- Heat and cold therapy
- myofascial release
- remedial massage
- joint mobilisation
- rehabilitation exercises
- dry needling
Myotherapy for sports injuries is targeted at soft tissue structures of the body such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia with the goal to aid recuperation from intensive training or warm-up and condition the muscles before the actual workout or competition.
When integrated into the weekly or monthly training regime, myotherapy for sports injuries can help athletes avoid delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), swelling, pain, fatigue, and also help revitalise the muscles to feel calmer and more prepared before, during, and after the event. Here are some common benefits of myotherapy for sports injuries:
- improved joint function and range of motion
- increased blood, oxygen, and nutrient flow
- improved immune function
- reduction in muscle tension/spasms
- increased flexibility and joint stability
- decreased muscle stiffness and fatigue
- improved sense of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
- decreased risk of injury due to overuse, repetitive strain, or biomechanical dysfunction
- improved quality of sleep
- improved immune and neurological function
All in all, myotherapy for sports injuries is more than just a reward at the beginning or end of a training session. It is a vital tool for keeping athletes primed for top performance and to lengthen their athletic career.
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