At Panther Sports Medicine, we aim to offer our patients excellent, tailored restorative healthcare in a sympathetic and informative environment. We provide sports therapy and sports physiotherapy services in Calgary. Moreover, we have ten convenient locations across the city. You can find us in Country Hills, Deer Valley, Oakridge, Marlborough Mall, Cranston Market, South Fish Creek, Trico Centre, Mckenzie Towne, Seton, and Walden.
And as your sports injury clinic, we offer premium therapeutic services to help alleviate your pain and heal your injuries. Keep reading to learn more about our sports therapy services and how they can benefit you today.
Sports Therapy Services
Sports Therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that manages critical and persisting injuries in athletes and recreational sports devotees. Whether the athletes perform at a professional level, or they are simply high school sports enthusiasts that do it recreationally – everyone can benefit from sports therapy services.
The process involves a detailed assessment, the treatment itself, followed by the return to the sporting activity. Additionally, prevention and performance improvement initiatives are also available.
What is the Origin of Sports Therapy
Sports therapy has its origins in ancient Greece and Rome, dating back thousands of years. Initially employed as a therapeutic massage reserved for the sports injuries sustained by gladiators – this is one of the earliest records of sports therapy.
The more contemporary history of sports therapy can be traced to the Olympics Games of 1924. Taking place in Paris, when runner Paavo Nurmi of Finland accumulated five gold medals in the running competition. Upon his victories, he graciously credited these wins to the therapeutic benefits of the massages he underwent from his own private masseuse.
Symptoms That Require Sports Therapy
As health-inducing as an active lifestyle is for everyone, such activities – over time – will inevitably lead to injuries. Even the most seasoned athletes with vast amounts of training and education in injury prevention are prone to experiencing them from time to time.
The trick is to know which injuries can heal properly on their own and which ones require assistance from a sports therapy masseuse. Here is a list of symptoms that may indicate your need for a sports therapy massage:
- Unrelenting back pain
- Injuries not recovering fully or properly
- Persistent headaches or migraines
- Bad posture
- Tightness of the joints
- Difficulty with balance and coordination
- Experiencing pain while participating in sporting games/activities
How Does Sports Therapy Work?
A useful and important tool for athletes, many sports enthusiasts heavily depend on sports therapy services to ensure they remain in peak physical condition. For this reason, sports therapists work very closely with every client to learn more about and monitor their health and fitness levels.
Additionally, there are several chief responsibilities that are involved in this process. They are as follows:
- Prevention: Maximize performance and stave off injury with sports and exercise fundamentals.
- Assessment: React to sports injuries at once, regardless if it’s in training or in a competition or tournament.
- Management, nursing, and referral: Evaluate and treat all injuries with a customized restorative plan, working with a specialist if necessary.
- Restoration: Provide massages by rubbing and manipulating the soft tissue and muscles to stave off and/or heal current injuries.
- Tracking: Monitor progress while training, and track the restoration of wounded patients.
What are the Benefits of Sports therapy?
There are numerous benefits of sports therapy. And as any athlete will tell you, these benefits are more than worth it to ensure your continued participation in the sporting activities you love. Many of these benefits will come over time as you continually visit your sports therapist, while others will happen almost immediately.
Some of the advantages include:
- Relaxation of the body
- Improved physical strength
- Injury prevention
- Treating current injuries
- Enhanced joint and muscle mobility
- Reduction or elimination of bodily pain
- Faster recovery time
- Prevents falls by improving balance
- Helps to avoid surgery
Are There Side Effects of Sports Therapy?
Understandably, this is a major concern for many athletes as they appreciate and value their bodies. However, sports therapy is a safe procedure that is actually a much better alternative than medications or surgeries. As such, there is an extremely low risk of any side effects linked to sports therapy.
In fact, this form of therapeutic treatment is a very powerful solution for alleviating muscle tenderness, pain, swelling, inflammation, and more. It’s also quite effective for treating other conditions such as physical injuries, disease, illness, etc.
How Soon Can You Expect to See Results?
There is no ‘set in stone’ timeframe for sports therapy results. It will vary from person to person. And this is simply due to the myriad of factors associated with this form of treatment. Typically, recent injuries (depending on their severity) can be categorized into a 100-day window for recovery time.
Chronic or more critical injuries may take longer. Your physical therapist can go into this topic in more detail during your visit once a proper assessment has been performed and your goals have been determined.
Our mission here at Panther Sports Medicine is to provide you with the therapy services you need to live a healthy and active lifestyle. For this reason, we have a plethora of services available. View the list below to see which ones are most relevant for your current situation.
Without your health, you have nothing; an old adage that rings true no matter how old you are, where you’re from, or what you do. That’s why we here at Panther Sports Medicine have made it our mission to ensure your health and fitness with premium services.
And this is evident in the physiotherapy services we provide. Regardless if you’re healing from a sports injury, having difficulty with muscle mobility, or dealing with stiffness in your joints, we are here to help restore your movement, regain bodily function, and optimize your health – all through the benefits of physiotherapy.
As one of the most ancient therapeutic practices, massage therapy has more than earned its ranks as a powerful and effective healing modality. Cultures the world over has been engaging in this practice for millennia to treat tension, relieve muscle pain, and improve overall health and wellbeing.
Today, many different kinds of massage variations exist. Each one with its own unique set of properties that aim to provide the same benefits: improves bodily function and enhances physical and mental wellbeing.
Often used as a supportive treatment in conjunction with other therapeutic practices, acupuncture is an exceptional additive to your physical therapy. Acupuncture is used to calm the muscles which then allows other therapies to become more effective. With its origins beginning with the ancient eastern practices of China, acupuncture utilizes slender needles at certain points in the body to produce improvements in muscles, nerves, and blood flow.
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)
Experiencing discomfort? No indicators of swelling or tissue damage? Don’t know the cause? This may be the result of shortening and contracting muscles and the resulting nerve soreness. Typically, this pain takes place once nerve endings become very sensitive. The solution may rest with Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), otherwise known as intramuscular stimulation.
This therapeutic method utilizes acupuncture needles in order to desensitize the impacted nerves and muscles. This then relieves the stiffness as well as the involuntary spasms.
Shockwave therapy is a therapeutic method that has grown in popularity to address persisting conditions and ailments that have yet to be properly treated with other therapies. Sometimes all it takes is five minutes – with no pain killers or physical exercises – and it can offer pain alleviation and accelerated recovery for bone and tissue conditions.
Moreover, shockwave therapy provides a high-octane acoustic oscillation to the impacted musculoskeletal tissue, producing biological modifications that rejuvenate and heal bones, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. The therapeutic treatment also reinvigorates the movement of cells within the bone and can be utilized to speed up rupture healing, break up calcium accumulation, and revitalize vigor and strength.
Temporomandibular (Jaw) Joint - TMJ
If you find that everyday tasks involving your jaw (eating, speaking, laughing, yawning, etc) are causing you pain and agony; temporomandibular joint disorder may be the culprit. This [the temporomandibular] joint is what connects your skull to your jaw bone. If you believe you are suffering from this condition, contact us today to see how can be of assistance.
Regardless of your level of athletic prowess, one thing you don’t want to do is allow an injury to keep you from living a healthy, active lifestyle. This is why sports medicine can be of tremendous value. We here at Panthers Sports Medicine believe the right treatment is the key to a proper recovery.
Braces, Orthotics, and Health Products
As amazing as your body is, sometimes it requires a little assistance and support. That additional support can come in the form of an orthotic that remedies a misalignment which allows you to walk better. It can also come from a brace that offers more stability to help a damaged joint heal properly.
For these reasons – in addition to many others – Panther Sports Medicine offers braces, orthotics, and health products to assist your body with recovery and optimal wellbeing.
We appreciate your interest in Panther Sports Medicine, and we invite you to take the leap to good health and learn more about our company and how we can help improve your health. We have 10 convenient locations in Calgary. Find a location near you and book an appointment with us.