What is Sports Therapy
Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.

It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.

A Sports Therapist has the knowledge, skills and ability to:
utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance, preparation and injury prevention programmes
provide the immediate care of injuries
assess, treat and, where appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention.
provide appropriate sport and remedial massage in a sport & exercise context
plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation programmes.

Joint Mobilization

Known as The Maitland Technique or the The Maitland Concept uses passive and accessory mobilisations of the spine and peripheral joints to treat mechanical pain and stiffness.  There are 5 grades of mobilisation in the Maitland Concept and I am qualified to perform the first 4:

Grade 1 – Small amplitude movements at the beginning of the available range of motion
Grade 2 – Large amplitude movement at within the available range of motion
Grade 3 – Large amplitude movement that reaches the end of range of motion
Grade 4 – A small amplitude movement at the very end range of motion
Grade 5 – A high velocity thrust of small amplitude at the end of the available range and within its anatomical range.

The type of mobilisation used depends on the severity, irritability and nature of the spinal or peripheral pain. The mobilisations create movement within the joints of the spine/limbs which reduces stiffness and makes movement easier. The increased ease of movement also reduces pain.  If a grade 5 mobilisation is needed I can refer you to a specialist practitioner.