Fit For Purpose
Musculoskeletal & Physical Therapy

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Sports and remedial massage is a series of techniques that help improve the body’s movements used for many sports injuries and postural problems.

About me

I enjoy many sporting activities and challenges, over many years of training and competing at a high level I have appreciated the benefits of a regular sports massage. The benefits of which I felt so passionately about I decided to pursue learning the skill so I could understand my body better, how it moves and the art of helping others.

In 2013 I found the North London School of Sports Massage, their course based at the City of Westminster University sounded head and shoulders above others I had researched. Despite having to travel into London I feel it was definitely the best decision! I qualified as a Professional Sports Massage and Remedial Therapist with a BTEC Level 5 Diploma

Since qualifying I have continued my learning journey through Professional Development Courses enabling me to offer the cocktail of beneficial techniques that I use today.

Where is my clinic?

I am based at the SSI House, Fordbrook Business Centre and the Pewsey Osteopathic & Sports injury clinic and I also offer a mobile massage where I come to you either at home or work usually within a 6 mile radius of Pewsey.

What is sports massage?

Sports massage aims to stretch tight muscles, stimulate inactive muscles and improve soft tissue conditions. Sports massage enables you to move your body more freely and can, in time, improve your posture. As the name suggests it is popular with sports people, as it enhances performance, assists recovery and prevents injury, but these are benefits that we can all enjoy especially improved movement and posture.

What are remedial techniques?

Remedial techniques are those which have developed from traditional massage or been borrowed from other disciplines such as physiotherapy or osteopathy. They are used to free up tight tissues and stimulate the repair process. By combining these techniques with massage I can find the most effective treatment for your body. Some examples of the remedial techniques that I use are:
  • Soft Tissue and Fascia Release – a mechanical lock and stretch technique which can be used in many different ways to stretch and unstick congested tissues and increase functional movements.
  • Muscle Energy Technique – this stimulates the nervous system enabling me to stretch your muscles or encourage inactive ones to get working.
  • Myofascia trigger Release - hypersensitive points within muscles that give rise to referral pain.
  • Neural entrapment - pressure on nerves by muscles and other soft tissues, nerve compression, pressure on nerves by other tissues, such as cartilage or discs.
  • Postural assessment - assessment of the position of the body as awhole including dysfunctional gait patterns manner of movement when walking with constant consideration for many other perpetuating factors, such as hydration, nutrition, breathing patterns and stress.
  • Positional Release – a gentle, but effective technique used for relaxing hyperactive muscles.
  • Kinseology Taping - a technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of medical conditions.

Other Considerations

Sports and Remedial Massage also considers other aspects which may be playing a part in your condition. These include your medical history, diet, lifestyle, work, hobbies and your emotions.

I am not an athlete – is sports massage suitable for me?

You don’t have to be a top-flight athlete or even remotely sporty to appreciate the benefits of a good sports massage. Spending time sat at a desk can cause muscular tension and over use, which can be freed very effectively by sports massage.

Is sports massage painful?

When tight or overworked muscles are worked on they will transmit pain sensations. During treatment I will be guided by your feedback. Often you will feel ‘good’ pain, which responds to the technique I apply, but other times pain may feel ‘bad’ and indicate that treatment is not currently suitable. Always tell me how you feel so I can ensure your treatment is effective at reducing or removing muscular pain.

During treatment will I have to do anything?

Yes, expect to be fully involved in your treatment! This means you may be asked to move into different positions, push against me or move a limb in a specific direction. I will also ask you to provide me with feedback about how you are feeling. We will communicate quite a lot during your session but please don’t feel that you have to chat if you would rather have some quiet time.

What should I wear during treatment?

During assessment it is best to wear comfortable underwear or some people prefer to wear shorts. During treatment towels will be used to keep you warm and comfortable.

I am under 18 years old – can I have Sports Massage?

Yes. Under 18 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at each treatment. Sports massage can be very helpful for young people who take part in a lot of sporting activities. It can prevent injury and support recovery from training at a time when their bodies are changing fast.

I have an injury – is sports massage appropriate for me?

It might be. Many soft tissue injuries benefit greatly from sports massage, but it is best to contact me and check first. You might need to wait for a few days if your injury is very new. If after assessing your injury I am not able to provide you with suitable treatment then I will recommend that you see a doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor or other medical professional for a diagnosis. After diagnosis I may be able to help you recover, so keep in touch.

I have a medical condition – can I have sports massage treatment and how will it effect me?

Sports massage can be very helpful for many medical conditions. The treatment techniques, duration or positioning can all be modified to ensure they are suitable for your condition. People with conditions such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, Fibromyalgia and stress can all benefit. There are some conditions for which sports massage is not suitable. Contagious diseases, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, acute pain, kidney disease, a history of thrombosis. If you are unsure please contact me.

I am taking medications – can I still receive sports massage?

Most likely yes, but please tell me about your medications when you book. If you are taking pain medication you may need to stop taking them before your session so we can correctly assess your pain levels.

How will I feel after my treatment?

You should feel more relaxed after your treatment. Some people feel cold and thirsty, so having warm clothes with you is a good idea. It is advisable to drink plenty of water after treatment and try to keep moving a bit. Depending on your condition and the techniques used you may feel a little soreness, but this should ease within 24hours. Some people feel tired, energised or even emotional after receiving sports massage treatment. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you experience any surprising effects.

How often should I have Sports Massage Treatment?

This will depend on the reasons why you are having treatment. Some problems respond best to short, frequent treatments, for example 30 minutes every three to five days. Those people wishing to support their body during training may find one hour each week, fortnight or monthly best for them. After your first session I will be able to provide clearer advice as to when your next treatment should be.

Is there anything I can do to prolong the benefits of my treatment?

Yes stretch! Many people find stretching dull and time consuming but it really can help to prolong the benefits of your treatment. I will provide you with focused home care advice, which will be explained, demonstrated and practiced during your treatment. Please contact me if you are unsure, finding your stretches difficult or experiencing pain, there are always alternatives.

I have further questions about Sports and Remedial Massage?

Please feel free to contact me by phone, email or even text.