Sports physiotherapy is a versatile treatment option for a wide range of injuries, ailments, and performance enhancing methods.
Sports injuries can be difficult to deal with because if they are not dealt with properly, there is a high incidence of re-injury.
That is why it is so important to determine the underlying cause of the problem in order to provide effective treatment.
Vivere Wellness Ottawa
The Vivere Wellness Mind & Body Rejuvenation Centre in Ottawa offers a comprehensive approach to sports physiotherapy.
The professional sports therapists at Vivere Wellness take a full body approach to an injury, looking to restore balance to the body for a full recovery.
There are many therapeutic options available at Vivere Wellness, including:
Manual sports therapy
Exercise sports therapy
Manual Sports Therapy
This approach to sports therapy requires using physical, hands on techniques that can help build up mobility, flexibility, strength.
This restoration and rehabilitation can be achieved through various methods.
As the name indicates, this type of manual sports therapy is aimed at increasing the mobility of a specific joint or joints.
This is typically done by a certified physiotherapist applying force to the joint, and using stretching techniques, to expand range of motion.
Soft Tissue Mobilization
This method of manual therapy is aimed more towards muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues.
The physiotherapist will focus on removing adhesions or inflammation from soft tissue injuries. This will typically involve massaging muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves to reduce pain and restore functionality.
Neural mobilization is another manual therapy approach, this time aimed at treating problems with the nervous system.
Neurovascular bundles, which is a combination of nerves, arteries, and veins, can become irritated, causing inflammation and even nerve dysfunction.
Neural mobilization seeks to restore homeostasis to the nervous system.
Exercise Sports Therapy
Exercise therapy is another effective approach to sports physiotherapy.
The goal is to reduce pain and tightness caused by injury and to re-establish normal musculoskeletal function.
This is done by assigning greater significance to regular movements, through heavy repetition and elevated intensity.
By doing the same movements over and over, it encourages neuroplasticity or retraining of the brain and affected muscles or nerves.
Also known as cold therapy, cryotherapy can be a useful method in sports physiotherapy, to help reduce chronic pain and inflammation.
Cryotherapy can also provide a significant boost in physical and mental energy.
This type of sports physiotherapy involves getting into a sensory deprivation tank to help reduce muscle tension and lower the blood pressure.
Float therapy offers the same restorative healing results of a full night of sleep, packed into an hour.
Maintaining a strong core is essential for anyone regularly engaging in physical exercise. Core strength and stability is so important because it affects so many muscles and joints throughout the body.
Weak core strength can lead to greater risk for injury and chronic pain.
Advantages of Physiotherapy for Sports Performance
There are several advantages to engaging in regular physiotherapy sessions, some are preventative while others are restorative.
A few of the best advantages might include:
- Increased strength
- Increased flexibility
- Injury prevention
- Speedy recovery
This is a big preventative bonus of sports physiotherapy. One of the goals of physiotherapy is often to improve the body’s durability and endurance.
By strengthening muscles, joints, and ligaments the likelihood of sustaining an injury is greatly reduced.
This is another useful way to take a preventative approach through sports physiotherapy.
Like with strength, improving flexibility only helps to reduce the risk of injury.
Increasing strength and flexibility are two effective ways to take a proactive approach to injury prevention.
a physiotherapist at Vivere Wellness Ottawa will do a thorough overall assessment to determine the most effective personalized method to optimize strength and flexibility.
As equally as important as prevention, restorative techniques are also crucial to a good physiotherapy regimen.
Float therapy is an exemplary method for achieving full body relaxation.
It doesn’t matter how much work you put in on the preventative end, there is still always a chance of injury when playing sports.
Even the most finely tuned athletes occasionally succumb to injury.
Sports physiotherapy is the most effective way to come back from an injury and reduce the risk of it happening again.