A ‘Graduate Sports Therapist’ is someone who had undertaken a BSc Hons Sports Therapy degree at University, studying the mechanism of injury, sport specific biomechanics, psychology of injury and manual therapy for 3-4 years. The aim of a Sports Therapist is to “return an athlete to functional fitness as quickly and safely as possible”, meaning we aim to assess, diagnose, treat, & rehabilitate in a safe and effective time frame, so that you can return to doing what you love.
But what is soft tissue therapy?
I often refer to what I do as soft tissue therapy, but you may be unfamiliar with exactly what this term is. Essentially, soft tissue therapy, is probably what you consider to be “massage”, but it is SO much more. Let me explain why.
Yes, it is true that your treatment will include massage, and as a treatment medium, massage can be exceptionally effective at breaking down adhesions, softening areas of tension, releasing restrictions, calming the nervous and muscular system, and allowing patients to access the healing benefit of touch.
But a well experienced soft tissue therapist will call on so much more than massage alone when compiling a treatment plan to help.
Soft Tissue Release (STR) / Myofascial Release (MFR), fascial work, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage (IASTM) and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET’s) also fall within the brackets of “soft Tissue therapy”.
What else ?
Additionally to that, a Graduate Sports Therapist can ALSO call on rehabilitation exercise prescription, be it a few simple stretches or some strengthening or proprioceptive exercises, given as “home work”, to consolidate the hands-on treatment and ensure progressions and improvements are encouraged and maintained.
Therapists often also have further qualifications, I hold certificates in Medical Acupuncture, Kinesiology Taping, ScarWork and other further qualifications, but there is abundant further education out there for a keen therapist (such as me, the eternal student!).
My Treatments, and who they help.
My treatments, therefore have strong emphasis on clincal reasoning, and come from a sound understanding of functional anatomy, dysfunction and the mechanism of injury.
However, with my roots in holistic therapies (I trained in reflexology when I undertook my initial sports massage diploma training), I am uniquely able to bring an intuitive and holistic approach to sessions, in order to offer a fully-rounded treatment suitable to all populations, which brings me on to my next point; Who is soft tissue therapy for?
In todays' demanding lifestyle, with occupational, emotional and personal-life demands high, both physical and emotional pressure is presented by and stored within the body. Therefore, EVERYONE could benefit from a Sports therapy treatment, and unlike popular belief, it is not solely for the sporting or active person. Your occupation could place repepitive physical demands that overload structures within the body (I have treated numerous trades men presenting with "tennis elbow" who have never touched a racket). Desk work, parenting and prolonged stress states can lead to chronic musculoskeletal conditions, negative postural adaptations and strain on the body which may benefit from treatment.
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Ever feel that you're running on empty, or that you are just too busy juggling life's balls to even stop and think about how you're feeling?
Momentary periods of stress are common in this day and age, (and in fact, stress & the stress-response is what drives us to get out of bed, move forward, meet deadlines, achieve goals and function at high levels). But di-stress, or prolonged periods of high stress can be seriously detrimental to our health and wellbeing. Failure to take note of the signs that you may be pushing things too far, and storming ahead toward your own burn-out break down, is something that too many of us are guilty of.
Read on for the common signs that you may be about to burnout
If you are suddenly finding that your nearest & dearest are rubbing you up the wrong way, or you're wondering where that cool, calm, rational person you used to be has disappeared to, then chances are your threshold to manage stress is rapidly declining. When the little things appear un-manageable, and a sense of being over-whelmed is the norm, the balance has swung in favour against your health.
PROBLEMS WITH YOUR SLEEP?
Waking up in the early hours, and not being able to drop back off are a key sign we are succumbing to stress. An overactive mind has a tendency to kick in when we are not distracted with the busyness of the day, and anxieties can haunt us at night. Raised cortisol levels (which should be at their lowest by the end of the day), can make winding down from the day near impossible, and dropping off the sleep can become a task in its own right.
If you're running through your to-do list at 4am, or struggling to drop off at night, read on, as this may indicate something needs to change for you and fast, because it is only when we sleep that our bodies regenerate & heal.
SUFFERING WITH A GENERAL FEELING OF "C.B.A"?
"Cant be a**ed" is a red-flag phenomenon that you're about to hit burn out ! If you're suffering from a generalised lack of motivation for anything and everything, or turning into a social recluse, it could be a sign you're lacking vital energy. Cant find your mojo to work through your to-do list, or do that pile of ironing? Finding excuses not to attend those after-work drinks.? Motivation requires a bit of get-up-&-go, so if you've found that your get-up-and-go and got up and gone, then take a step back and consider giving yourself some TLC & downtime.
So, what should you do about it?
Make some you time, and don't feel guilty about it !
Whatever floats your boat, do it. If its a having a cup of tea in the middle of the day, taking a power nap or going for a run.
If your vice is crystal healing or a deep tissue massage then prioritise it. Whatever gives you back your sanity and helps you to recharge your vital energy stores do it, but remember, it may not be a quick fix. Invest the time to recuperate properly and make taking care of yourself the new norm. (Depending on how long you have been neglecting yourself, it may take more than one days rest or one treatment!) Allowing yourself some hands-on therapy, or the time to exercise should not be seen as an indulgence, it should be considered as self-preservation.
Eat well, and try to follow a healthy lifestyle plan. Get lots of fresh air and exercise for the mental clarity, not just the physical exertion.
You cannot give from an empty pot. Looking after yourself allows you to look after the others in your life. Remember that and avoid feeling the burn!
Fanatic about functional anatomy, my home often resembles a students dorm room with anatomy and therapy text books strewn about on a regular basis. I like to keep abreast on the industry, and when time allows between mummy-duties, I read trade magazines, books and journal articles, to help me prep & plan treatment plans & rehab.
After copious amounts of travelling & 'debt-clearing / ticket-funding' jobs in my twenties, I finally discovered my true passion for helping others to prevent, recover & rehabilitate from injury and pain, and began my training & qualifications in body work.
I love to write about all things therapy, (if anything as an excuse to drink tea in coffee shops), but also to learn more about my industry & be a better therapist for my lovely peeps.