Sports Massage in Fareham, Locks Heath, Southampton, Hampshire

What are the benefits of Sports and Remedial Massage?

Sports and remedial massage focuses on speeding up recovery following injury or long term muscular problems . It is great for treating muscle spasm/strain as well as reducing overuse injuries by regular maintenance. It is suitable for both active people, such as athletes, and inactive people wanting to take the initial steps in becoming more active.

Specifically sports massage can help with pain and dysfunction associated with:
Rotator cuff / shoulder muscles
Neck muscles
Lower back pain
Piriformis syndrome and associated sciatic type pain
Carpel tunnel problems
Tight hamstrings and calves

Pre-Event / Pre-Exercise Work

This focuses on getting people ready for physical activity. The main objectives are optimising performance and injury prevention.

Post-Event / Post-Exercise Work

This focuses on speeding up recovery time following physical activity, essential if you are serious about your sport or gym work.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions required really depends upon how long you have had your symptoms and how severe they are. We will discuss how you felt after you previous treatment and from this we will derive a treatment plan that tiler to your needs and condition. A change in habits such as posture, exercise and nutrition may help the effects of the treatments to last longer.

What will the treatment entail?

The first treatment will consist of a 10-15 minute free consultation which entails a short history taking of your condition, what you hope to achieve from the treatment followed by a 60 minute sports massage including stretching techniques, advice and home exercises as appropriate.

Where do I park?

Park on the drive and ring the bell for assistance.

Do I have to take all my clothes off?

For massage treatments, you will only need to remove the clothing covering the area which I will be working on and even then we may be able to work through the clothing if necessary. Every part of your body, except for the part I am working on will be covered by towels at all times. I will leave the room to allow you complete privacy when getting dressed and undressed.

What is Sports Massage?

Sports Massage uses a mix of Holistic / Swedish massage techniques, combined with deep tissue massage. The deep tissues massage techniques are designed to improve the suppleness and flexibility of muscles, the underlying tissues and the joints. Sports massage usually applied prior to activity (pre event) or after activity (post event).

What is Remedial Massage?

Remedial massage is typically used in the treatment of specific injuries, which may have been caused through work, an accident or a sporting activity, such as a strain or sprain. Treatment of the injury usually involves a mix of deep and superficial massage strokes and the techniques are aimed at relieving symptoms, pain and restoring normal muscle and soft tissue function.

Remedial Massage is not all about massage!

A one hour treatment will involve a range of techniques to get the best result for you. Facilitated stretching is a major component. A typical treatment will involve:

  • Assessment General/Swedish Massage (warms tissue/identifies problems)
  • Deep Tissue Massage Techniques (realigns & stretches soft tissue)
  • Neuro Muscular Techniques (treats hypersensitive tissue / trigger points)
  • Muscle Energy Technique (stretching)
  • Soft Tissue Release (stretching)

Followed by Re-Assessment

What is Holistic Massage?

Holistic massage is a traditional form of massage which uses a number of techniques to either relax or to stimulate the body, depending on the desired affect. The techniques used include; effleurage, petrissage, frictions, tapotement, vibrations, joint manipulation and holding.

Is sports massage suitable for everyone?

Sports massage is suitable for most people from sports people through to office workers, gardener etc. however, if you feel concerned about receiving a sports massage please consult you GP prior to making an appointment.

Are there any side effects of massage?

One may experience some mild side effects as a result of a massage, which is perfectly normal. Not everybody is affected, but for those people that are side effects can last up to 48hrs and are a result of stimulating the bodies natural healing processes. One may or may not experience one or more of the following:

  • Aches, soreness or tenderness.
  • Emotional changes.
  • Headaches.
  • Feelings of relaxation or of being invigorated..
  • Changes in sleep patterns.
  • Dizziness or nausea.
  • Spots.
  • Altered bowel movements.
  • Changes in urine output, colour or frequency.
  • Body temperature changes.

Side effects can often be minimized by following the aftercare and home care instructions provided by the therapist at the end of a treatment.

Can you treat children?

Yes. If the child is under the age of 16 then written permission is required from either a parent of guardian, prior to any treatment being given. Also, a responsible adult should attend and be present whilst the patient is being treated.

Can I have treatment if another therapist or professional is already treating me?

Yes. However, you should speak with you’re existing therapist or professional before seeing further treatment, which is partially out of courtesy. The main reason to speak with your existing therapist or professional is to ensure that the work that they perform does not become adversely affected by the work the massage therapist is going to perform, which is in the best interests of the patient.