What is the difference between a sports therapist and a physiotherapist?

When it comes to the difference between physiotherapy (or physio for short) and sports therapy, while there is some overlap in their approach to treating muscular-skeletal issues, there are also distinct differences. Sports therapy tends to focus specifically on sports-related injuries and rehabilitation, with a focus on injury prevention and optimizing athletic performance.

On the other hand, physiotherapy is a broader field that encompasses a range of specialties, such as neurological rehabilitation, orthopedics, respiratory therapy, and geriatrics. Physiotherapists have a wider scope of practice, working with patients of all ages and health conditions, from infants to the elderly. They also focus on helping patients recover from surgery, accidents, illnesses, and chronic conditions, as well as preventing future injuries.

Both professions can cross over, as many physiotherapists possess excellent sports therapy skills, such as creating exercise programs to prevent and treat injuries, while sports therapists can also work with non-athletic patients with musculoskeletal issues. In summary, while there are differences between physiotherapy and sports therapy, they are complementary fields that share many similarities and can work together to help patients achieve their health and wellness goals.

Where do go when I arrive at the gym?

When you arrive at the gym, head in towards reception. You will be greeted by one of the lovely reception staff. Inform them you have an appointment booked with us and they will buzz you through the gate where you are free to take a seat. Once your therapist is ready they will come and grab you and take you into the treatment room.

How can I pay?

We can take various payment methods including cash, card (incl. AMEX), or bank transfers when paid in advance. The Cost of our sessions ranges from £35 for a 30-minute treatment, to £55 for an hour treatment

How frequently should I do my exercises?

The frequency of your exercises in your rehabilitation program depends on the guidance provided by your therapist. It is important to follow their specific instructions regarding the frequency of completing the exercises. Regularity is key to the recovery process, along with proper rest. By adhering to the recommended frequency, you can ensure that you are maximizing the benefits of the exercises. Remember, if you experience any pain or notice a worsening of your condition during the exercises, it is crucial to stop and contact your therapist for further assistance.

I have an injury, Do I need to book an appointment?

If you have recently been injured, it is always advised to get in touch with one of our team. For any acute injury (first 72 hours) it is always useful to follow the POLICE principles of Protection, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Also, be aware that anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen and paracetamol may be detrimental during these early stages of injury and may delay healing the healing process. Sports massage during the acute phase of an injury may also lead to further complications so it’s always best to seek advice from an experienced sports therapist.

What is the difference between a sports massage and a deep tissue massage?

Sports massage and deep tissue massage both involve applying pressure to muscles to alleviate pain and promote healing. Sports massage focuses on improving athletic performance, preventing injuries, and aiding recovery, while deep tissue massage targets chronic pain and tension in deeper muscle layers. They can overlap and complement each other, and the best type for you depends on your individual needs and goals.

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments can be made via the online booking form found here. If you are unable to find a suitable appointment that works with your schedule please contact us and we will always try to accommodate

Do I need to book a sports massage or a sports therapy appointment?

If you are after a simple sports massage or deep tissue massage with no existing injuries then a sports massage will be appropriate. the length of time will determine what you require. for example, if it’s just your calves or neck and shoulders then 30 minutes would be enough time, however, if you require a full body massage then an hour should do. If you’d just like your legs massaged or upper body then perhaps go for 45 minutes.

If you have a new or existing injury or would like time to go through some exercises or some of the other treatment services we offer then id certainly recommend a sports therapy appointment. If you are unsure what you need then this is also your best option!