Massage is a proven method of reducing stress levels, increasing sports performance and reducing injury time. Our qualified massage therapists will discuss your needs and goals with you on your first session. Whether you want to increase your range of movement, treat a sports injury or simply need to unwind, our therapists will cater exactly to what you need.
Each client is given a private, professional and confidential consultation. This includes the following:
- an initial physical assessment
- an individual treatment plan
- a safe and professional massage
- stretches and exercises to work on at home if necessary
- ongoing advice and support.
Advanced sports massage
What is different about a Sports Therapist?
We will design a rehabilitation programme which has the emphasis of returning an injured limb to normality. Our therapist will employ an exercise programme designed to correct specific problems or weaknesses. This programme will focus on the patients specific circumstances and the phase of recovery the injury is at. The general aim of rehabilitation is to improve joint mobility, improve flexibility, improve strength on an ongoing basis, to improve proprioception (balance and co-ordination), improve and maintain cardiovascular fitness and improve confidence (psychological fitness).
We will use massage – the manipulation of soft tissue for injury prevention and therapeutic purposes - using the hands to explore tissues, find problems and deal with them accordingly. This not only improves performance and endurance but prevents loss of joint mobility. Sports massage therapy is a superb form of treatment for athletes and non-athletes because it works with the body’s own healing processes. Improving circulation and manipulation of the injured tissues using massage will result in prevention of muscle fibres sticking together, realigning of scar tissue where the muscle has been damaged and a much faster return to activity.
What do we do that Chiropractors don’t?
We deal only with muscles, ligaments and tendons. We focus on strengthening and increasing flexibility of these through massage and exercises. We assess injuries to soft tissues but our remit does not extend as far as bones and nerves. This makes the dove-tailing of both modalities seamless and ensures as a clinic we deal with the “whole” you.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. It is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the strokes are the same as those used in classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
How Does It Work?
With chronic muscle tension or injury, there may be adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.
Remedial or post-operative rehabilitation massage
What is Personal Rehabilitation?
This is where we have a patient who is recovering from an injury, from an operation or needs muscles re-training due to a sedentary work life. We will work on a programme for that specific person which will take into account the injury, their lifestyle, and their original level of fitness. This will be designed in a step by step way to ensure that the patient has in place basic strength, flexibility and proprioception (balance and co-ordination) of their injured body part before moving on to more advanced and demanding exercises and then on to specific exercises where appropriate.
What is Remedial Therapy?
This is the use of massage techniques which will improve the condition of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Some exercises will be given to the patient to improve their flexibility and strength which will aid recovery and help prevent a re-occurrence of the problem.