Clinical sport and remedial massage therapy combines general and deep tissue massage with specific stretching and muscle contraction techniques to improve muscle health. I also combine some myofascial release techniques which works on the fascia connective tissue found around our muscles. The benefits of this style of mixed therapy is felt quite quickly due to its direct approach and is suitable for people of all ages.
I look at how the whole body is moving, not just the affected area. After a detailed consultation including a postural assessment in some cases, I use a combination of techniques which leads to better long term health benefits working directly and indirectly on tight muscles and stiff joints.
Sport and remedial massage therapy is strongly associated with athletes but it can be used to treat a wide range of non-sport related problems. It is essential for the treatment of postural and musculoskeletal problems which can be caused by lifestyle habits, stress, injuries (sports and non-sports) and poor exercise technique. With regards to lifestyle habits, these are common problem areas:
- Back of the neck into the base of the skull – can lead to tension headaches, stiff neck with limited range of movement
- Upper shoulders and tightness and pain between the shoulder blades, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injuries
- Lower back pain, sometimes as low as the base of the spine, limited flexion of sections of the spine
- Hip pain, sometimes sciatic pain causing pins and needles and numbness.
- Knee pain
- Ankle weakness, foot pain including plantar fasciitis
- Arm, hand & wrist repetitive strain injury / carpal tunnel syndrome, including tennis and golfer’s elbow
This list is not final, as many soft tissue problems and conditions can occur from the stresses and strains of normal life.
For the regular gym user or sports person, sport and remedial massage should be used in conjunction with training schedules as this therapy can bring awareness of the recipient’s own musculoskeletal dysfunction. Treatments taken regularly will help improve training, enhance performance, aid in recovery and reduce the potential for injuries.
Treatment times are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes. A full consultation will be taken at the first appointment. You will be asked about medical / health issues you are currently being treated for but all information is held in strict confidence and is GDPR compliant.