If you’re looking for quality sports massage for day to day aches and pains, relaxation, rehabilitation, injury prevention or athletic performance, then The Spinal Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine Clinic is the Physical Therapy Clinic for you. Our professional team is here to guide you every step of the way.
WHAT IS SPORTS MASSAGE
Sports and Remedial massage uses a variety of different soft tissue techniques incorporating skills from many different types of massage including Swedish, Thai, Lymphatic Drainage etc. These base skills are then added to with the use of more recently developed techniques such as Muscle Energy Technique and Positional Release which have developed from our understanding of how the muscles and other soft tissues react to stretch, changes in circulation etc. The result is a comprehensive set of tools from which your practitioner can deal with a variety of conditions and create the effect required.
No one treatment session will be the same as each will be personalized to your requirements and what the practitioner finds. You may wish to have a relaxing massage and ask for the practitioner to relieve tension in the neck, shoulders and upper back built up through stress or alternatively you may have been feeling very fatigued and require a massage to help boost your circulation and make you feel more alert.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TREATMENT?
For your first treatment a detailed history and postural assessment will be taken to determine the most effective course of action. We will also discuss your current lifestyle and expectations to set realistic targets by which you can see your improvement.
During the massage you will be required to remove only the necessary items of clothing and underwear will remain worn at all times. A standard bra rather than a sports bra is more appropriate for a sports massage. For work on the legs if you prefer you may bring a pair of loose fitting comfortable shorts. Towels will be used to cover any parts of the body that are not being worked on.
Typically most sessions will begin with broad effleurage strokes to warm the muscles and help with relaxation. Depending on the outcome of the initial assessment the session will then be tailored to your individual needs and may incorporate any of the following techniques:
Effleurage or Petrissage
Compressions or Frictions
Muscle Energy Techniques
Soft Tissue Release
Trigger point work
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE SPORTS MASSAGE?
Ideally Sports Massage should be used for injury prevention and general maintenance meaning that having a treatment weekly or once every few weeks is often more helpful than only having massage once an injury has occurred or long period of time has passed. However due to the hands on approach of Sports Massage even after just one session people often find a marked improvement in how they feel. If you are feeling stiff, aching or lacking energetic movement then a sports massage could benefit you.
SPORTS MASSAGE OR PHYSIOTHERAPY?
If your first point of contact with the clinic is for sports massage and you are unsure if you need sports massage or physiotherapy, our sports massage therapists are ideally qualified to identify injuries that may require physiotherapy and will then refer you to one of our Chartered Physiotherapists. Generally speaking it is best to make an appointment with one of our physiotherapists first.
Sports massage can be an important part of a long term rehabilitation plan for more chronic problems as well as early intervention in acute soft tissue injuries. Many of our chronic back and neck pain patients benefit from regular sports massage to help maintain a pain free status once they have finished their treatment with our physiotherapists. If your Chartered Physiotherapist believes this might be a good option for you they will discuss that with you.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF TREATMENT?
Sports massage at the clinic is £50 per hour.
Currently Sports Massage treatments will not be covered by your insurance company.