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How long does an average visit with a sports medicine doctor take?
An initial visit to a sports medicine doctor usually takes 60 minutes, and follow-up visits can take anywhere from 45-90 minutes. Appointment length depends on the condition being treated. During your appointment, you will be asked about allergies, current medications, past surgical history and past medical history. If you're a woman, you may be asked to provide the date of your last period.
Do patients need a referral to see a sports medicine doctor?
Your health insurance coverage will determine whether someone needs a referral to see a sports medicine doctor. Initially, those with HMO or PPO coverage might need to get a diagnosis from a physician, who be able to treat basic injuries. For more complicated injuries and conditions, a primary care physician will likely refer you to a sports medicine doctor.
Sports medicine is an area of medicine that is focused on athletic performance and all aspects of physical fitness. Those who specialize in sports medicine provide care for athletes, but they also offer treatment to anyone who needs treatment and prevention for injuries and conditions that concern exercise and sports.
Do sports medicine doctors receive special training?
Special training is required to become a sports medicine doctor. After graduating from medical school, a sports medicine doctor must obtain certification in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics or physical medicine/rehabilitation. Next, candidates must complete a two-year fellowship in sports medicine. Continuing education is required, and re-examination and re-certification take place every 10 years.
What types of conditions do sports medicine specialists treat?
Sports medicine specialists provide care to athletes, sports teams and those who've suffered sports-related injuries of muscles and bones. These medical professionals can help remedy strains and sprains; and treat dislocations, ligament injuries, tendinitis, fractures, concussions, exercise-induced asthma, heat illness and cartilage injuries.
What is deep-tissue massage?
Deep-tissue massages are designed to target problematic areas like knots (aka adhesions) in the muscles by targeting deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Deep tissue massages use slower, deliberate strokes, or friction, to address issues like tight or painful muscles, injuries and issues related to posture and repetitive strain. These are considered a more intense massage and might be too much for some to handle, particularly if it is their first massage or if they are highly sensitive.
Shiatsu massage is an alternative technique that uses manual pressure applied to specific areas on the body to help relieve pain and tension. Using thumbs, fingers, elbows and sometimes even knees, the masseuse targets pressure points, or “energy pathways”also known as meridians, to reduce muscle tension and fatigue by stimulating acupressure points in the body. Shiatsu is thought to promote circulation; improve the lymphatic system; help heal minor injuries; and even help symptoms related to arthritis, insomnia, back and neck pain, and even sinus problems.
Swedish massages are the most common, perhaps even generic, form of massage. Swedish massages are designed to promote circulation and the relaxation of superficial muscles. They are not a deep-tissue massage. Swedish massage techniques can include kneading, friction and rubbing, and may include stretching and bending of joints. They are the most general massage and not designed for sports injuries or to address specific ailments. It is a good option for someone who has never had a massage before.
Some people consider a Thai massage like doing yoga without the work. Thai massages use various stretching movements that do simulate some yoga movements in an effort to stretch the muscles and promote flexibility, range of motion, and reduce stress. Some use acupressure techniques, as well. Since you are being moved around quite a bit, depending on your masseuse and their aggressiveness, this type of massage can be done on a mat on the floor, or on a massage table.
What is friction massage?
A friction massage is a deep-tissue massage which is meant to maintain mobility within soft tissue structures of tendons, ligaments and muscles, and to prevent scars from forming. Friction massages are applied transversely across the tissue, versus the traditional longitudinal method that is parallel to the blood vessels. These types of massages are popular with athletes, post-competition. The masseuse must use extreme diligence in locating the proper contractile tissues (like muscles and tendons) and non-contractile tissues (like joints, bones and ligaments) before delivering a friction massage. Friction massage is delivered through the fingers and can be complex in their evaluation process and execution.