Sports and Remedial Massage is a form of deep tissue massage covering the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the soft tissues of the body e.g. muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. Most everyday injuries, aches and pains occur at work, home or in the participation of a sport. There are many contributing factors to muscular health problems, including the affects of stress. Regular massages can effectively reduce stress levels, stimulating the body's natural ability to heal and repair itself by boosting circulation and encouraging nutrients to reach injured tissues.
Most sessions will last approximately 1hour. However treatment durations can vary at the discretion of your therapist depending on the nature of the treatment to be performed. Your therapist will use her clinical judgment to decide when sufficient treatment has been performed into any given condition and will avoid 'over-treatment' where possible. You may be recommended 30 min appointments if this is deemed more appropriate for your individual condition. Most new patients will be recommended a 1 hour treatment, as initial consultation will take place and this time will be needed to assess your individual needs the complexity of the case. Treatment durations for new patients will be discussed and agreed during booking.
Before the session commences, your practitioner will help you through your consultation form and gain a better understanding of your muscular health and any lifestyle factors that may be aggravating your condition. She will ask questions related to your overall health, medical history, diet and activity/training regimes. At this point it may also be appropriate to assess your posture and general body positioning; this will be done by observation and mobility exercises. Your treatment plan will then be explained to you, step by step.
If you are on any medication, please make a note of what you are taking as it will be helpful if these were added to your consultation form. It may be necessary to seek GP approval before treatment if you suffer from diabetes, low blood pressure, or skin related conditions.
You will be covered by blankets/towel at all times, only the part of the body that is being treated will be exposed. It is advisable to wear snug fitting under garments/shorts. How is it performed? Oil will be applied to each part of the body being treated separately, light massage movements are used initially, your practitioner will be able to tell which area needs more work, then deeper sweeping movements will be performed with the practitioners hands, forearms, and elbows. It is important to note firm pressure may be needed, however if it becomes extremely uncomfortable at any time please just say.
Also, stretching and light manipulation will be incorporated into your remedial massage treatment, as this is an effective way of releasing tension and encouraging a greater range of movement. All the above is conducted on a hydraulic couch.
As treatment can be quite intense, you may feel the following;
Make sure you take it easy, don't do any intense exercise for 24 hours and drink plenty of water. Patients under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent who will be required to sign a parental consent form.
In accordance with standard practice we regret that a charge will be made for missed appointments or non-attendance unless 24 hours notice is given. If you are late, the session still falls within the scheduled appointment time. If the practitioner is late, the session will last the full time allotted.
We offer free telephone consultations, where we will be happy to give you a more detailed explanation of the benefits of sports massage and discuss if it may be suitable for you or someone you know.07914 846982