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A Graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR) is a graduate level autonomous healthcare practitioner specialising in musculoskeletal management, exercise based rehabilitation and fitness. Therefore, a sports rehabilitator specialises in all sporting and occupational injuries. So whatever your injury, sports rehabilitation can help.
After a thorough consultation, a diagnosis will be made and a unique treatment plan can then be devised using the modalities below.
This can be used as part of your treatment or as an individual therapy. It has many uses, including increasing circulation and lymphatic flow, as well as reducing muscle tightness, which can decrease stress, swelling and ultimately pain.
Alonside sports massage, myofascial trigger point therapy can be performed. This involves applying pressure to hyper-irritable taut bands of muscle, commonly referred to as knots. This can relieve pain, both where pressure is applied and also where the trigger point has caused pain in other areas of the body, known as referred pain.
Similarly, pressure can be applied to soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, fascia and muscles using fingers or thumbs. Frictions can be used to increase local circulation and promote healing, loosen adhesions and improve movement around joints.
Different forms of electrotherapy can be used, depending on your injury -
Theraputic ultrasound helps to speed up the healing process through thermal effects, causing vibration of soft tissues, which encourages the production of collagen fibres - the main source in muscles, ligaments and tendons.
TENS helps provide pain relief by inhibiting the pain messages that are sent to the brain. This is known as the pain gate theory. It can also help reduce inflammation that is found within injured muscles
Mobilisations and manipulations can help reduce stiffness, increase the range of movement and decrease pain
Home exercises are often given to complement your treatment. These can help improve your range of movement, increase the strength of any weak muscles and stretch out any tight muscles. Any contributing factors to your injury can also be identified and specific exercises can be given to prevent the injury from returning.
A full body examination can identify any potential predisposing factors to musculoskeletal injury and health related disorders. Any muscle imbalances can be addressed as can any incorrect movement patterns. From this knowledge,
the patient can be given exercises in order to rectify any incorrect movement patterns by recruiting or strengthening appropriate muscles and offloading those that are overactive/over working.
Dry needling is a western medicine technique that involves inserting a fine needle into the skin. Dry needing can work in 2 different ways.
It can inhibit pain messages by desensitizing nerves that have become irritated or sensitized due to injury. Therefore, it can help with pain relief.
Dry Needling can also help treat myofascial pain. The needles can be inserted into trigger points (muscle spasms) located within taut bands of muscle tissue. This can elicit a brief contraction called a local twitch response, which is very effective at reducing muscle spasm.
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