Our sports massage therapist, Sarahjane Prince is a member of the Sports Massage Association and specializes in soft tissue injuries. Sports massage treats many forms of day to day problems such as muscle sprains and repetitive strain injuries. Working closely with osteopaths ensures that we can offer a more specific, patient centered and holistic approach.
What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the soft tissues of the body. Soft tissues include muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. It is not necessary to take part in sports to benefit from a sports massage. A sports massage can help relieve day to day problems, such as repetitive strain injuries, sprains, tension and fatigue that everyone experiences. Sports massage may also assist with preventative treatment and injury recovery. However if you participate in sports at any level, a sports massage can help with:
- The conditioning/training phrase
- Pre-competition preparation
- Inter-competition preparation
- Post-competition recovery
- Post travel recovery
- Injury prevention
- Injury recovery
What to expect
On the first visit, a case history will be taken. The client will be asked about their symptoms, medical history and desired treatment outcome. This enables our massage therapists to tailor each session to the client’s individual needs and enables a suitable treatment plan to be devised. The first appointment lasts approximately 1½ hours, second and subsequent appointments last 1 hour.
Initially a visual assessment will be made and if appropriate functional tests will be carried out to help diagnose the symptoms. Typically, the patient lies on the treatment table, in either loose-fitting clothing or partly undressed (covered with towels). Many techniques will be used during a sports massage and the practitioner uses oil, lotion, massage wax or talcum powder to reduce friction on the skin. All the products used are organic and of the highest quality available.
Our therapist Sarahjane Prince is a member of the Sports Massage Association (SMA). The SMA ensures that you receive an individually tailored, high quality massage and as a member, Sarahjane must abide by a strict code of conduct. She has been trained to be able to identify a client with a condition where it would be ill-advised or detrimental to receive treatment. She will assess each client and if it is considered safe will provide the appropriate massage techniques or advise alternative treatment if required.
Benefits of a Sports Massage
- Encourages a feeling of well being
- Assist in mental preparation for sporting participation
- Improve muscle tone
- Increase or decrease muscle length
- Improved circulation and lymphatic flow
- Assists in the removal of metabolic waste
- Sedate or stimulate nerve endings
- Reduce scar tissue