At ProPhysiotherapy we offer Sports massage, Remedial massage and Pregnancy massage
Are tight muscles hampering your performance? The faster you recover, the faster you can get back to training. Whether you have completed an event and are suffering from muscle pain or if you are preparing for a sporting challenge, sports massage can help you stretch out the tight tissue in your legs, shoulders and back. All elite athletes swear by the process and it is considered to be helpful in performance. All our physiotherapists are trained in massage therapy and can be as firm or as light as you can bear! But we get results!
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Due to stressful lifestyles, complementary therapies are now in higher demand. Treatments tend to be more “holistic”, where an individual’s health is considered as a whole, and is not just focused on the symptoms. Complementary therapy including massage, naturally aid the healing powers of the body to return it to a state of health.Our massage therapists use a range of techniques to manipulate tissue and improve movement. Massage has been proven to reduce pain via the pain-gate mechanism, increase immunity cells in the body and stimulate endorphin release that aids healing, mood and sleep. Therefore, our therapists see a variety of patients from sports people to the sleep deprived and they use different techniques with each patient – dependent on their requirements. So feel free to discuss with the therapist on your first visit what you want to achieve out of the session.
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Massage during pregnancy is extremely beneficial for the ‘Mother To Be’ and it is also important to take time out and relax during your pregnancy. Remember that your body is working really hard to grow new life so you deserve a treat!
Pregnancy Massage has a number of benefits including:
- Relieving pain in the muscles and joints of the body (especially in the low back, hips and legs), by reducing stress on the weight-bearing joints
- Reducing swelling in the arms and legs by increasing the blood and lymph circulation.
- Relaxation and reducing stress and muscle tension
- Enhancing the pliability of skin and underlying tissues
- Helping to reduce labour pain, especially when combined with labour massage (courses in this are also available for couples)
In addition to these physical changes it can kick start the important bond between the mother and the unborn baby. The human touch during massage can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy. Massage is safe for both mother and baby as are the oils used during your treatment. The massage can be carried out in a number of positions including side lying, or lying on your stomach with a specially designed HOLO – like a lilo but with a whole in the middle for your bump!
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All of our Physiotherapists are trained in massage therapy. Give us a call to make an appointment or book online.
Massage Therapy Specialist
Carla completed her Sports Rehabilitation degree at St Mary’s university in 2013. Since then she has used her skills in a variety of settings including private clinics, personal training gyms and the NHS falls team.
Carla has a special interest in sport and musculoskeletal injuries. For the last 7 seasons she has been lead therapist at Fulham Football Clubs Foundation team and most recently the clubs Women’s team.
Within these areas Carla has experience working with a diverse clientele using a combination of posture correction, massage, trigger point release and exercise prescription to rehabilitate the limitations the body encounters.
Whilst continuing with personal hobbies in running and swimming, in September 2019, Carla will be expanding her education to study for her masters in Physiotherapy.
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Advanced Practice Physiotherapist
Achieved a distinction in her Physiotherapy Masters in Sports Injury and Therapy from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003. She works very closely with the Orthopaedic Consultants at St George’s Hospital, London and at Frimley NHS Trust. She has over 20 years experience in assessing and treating all musculoskeletal patients.
Clinically she works as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist (APP) in Orthopaedic Spine Clinic and performs peripheral injections and spinal injections in the NHS. She completed her Diploma in Injection Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire in 2012 and finds that using corticosteroid injections as an adjunct to physiotherapy can be exceptionally useful and successful. Kate completed her non-medical Independent Prescribing course from the University of Brighton in 2017 and therefore has the qualification to prescribe medications where appropriate.
Kate has an excellent knowledge base for treating lower limb injuries and assessing biomechanical issues. Due to her Masters qualification, she enjoys treating all sporting injuries and she specialises in ACL reconstruction and post op knee rehabilitation, and has a particular interest in biomechanical and gait assessments. She worked in Val d’Isere for 2 seasons and has therefore treated numerous skiing injuries. Her NHS work ensures that she provides research based spinal treatments and takes a holistic approach to all patients to help them achieve their goals.
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MSc MMACP MCSP
Alexandra is passionate about her job as a physiotherapist. She finished her masters at Coventry University in 2012 and since then she has been working in various private physiotherapy clinics.
Her areas of expertise include musculoskeletal overuse conditions and sports injuries, and she has a specific interest in spinal and shoulder joint pathologies.
Alexandra combines various treatments techniques in order to achieve the treatment goals, including manual therapy techniques, trigger point release, acupuncture and exercise prescription.
She has a particular interest in research, providing all her patients with evidence based practice and up to date physiotherapy techniques, and she hopes to finish her PhD soon!
Sarah qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003 from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Since then she has worked as a physiotherapist in both the UK and in South Africa. She has also been involved in other areas of health care such as spinal surgery. She has has experience treating patients of any age, from teenagers to the elderly.
She is a keen runner, and has always been the go-to person in her running club for any aches and niggles. She loves treating runners of all abilities to help them to achieve their running goals injury free.
She has an interest, and vast experience, with treating neck and lower back injuries, as well as spinal surgery conditions. She enjoys treating sports injuries, work-related pain and other post-operative rehabilitation and recovery treatment.
She worked with the Springbok rugby team before the 2015 World Cup Rugby. She was also the primary physiotherapist at an ultra 3 day stage mountain bike race.
Having first studied for a BSc in Sports Science at Brunel University, Richard went on to complete a BSc in Physiotherapy at Kings College London, graduating in 2014.
With excellent experience in both the NHS and Private sectors, Richard now combines working at ProPhysiotherapy with working in Professional Sport.
Richard’s specialist interests include the treatment and rehabilitation of both upper and lower limb sports injuries, and he has indepth knowledge with the prescription and progression of sports injury rehabilitation, combining Strength and Conditioning experience with Physiotherapy. Due to the nature of his involvement woring in professional sports he has a particular interest and advanced knowledge on lower limb muscle and tendon injuries, and post-operative joint and ligament injuries. He routinely treats and rehabilitates ankle injuries, knee ligament injuries, for example ACL repairs and other ligament repairs, and he has excellent expereince with groin injuries and their specific rehabilitation.
Working in Elite Sport, Richard is interested in Injury Prevention Screening and Performance Physiotherapy.
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Victoria graduated from The University of Birmingham in 2001 with a first class honours degree. She spent the first 6 years of her career working in the NHS at St George’s Hospital where she became a highly specialised physiotherapist in the out patient department, treating and rehabilitating a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries.
Victoria then went to Val d’Isere in the French Alps for 2 winter seasons, where she worked at the English Medical Centre as one of the Principle physiotherapists. During this time Victoria worked alongside the British Ski Team physiotherapist, treating both elite and recreational skiers. This gave Victoria exposure to the triage, assessment and treatment of acute skiing injuries which is a part of her work she is still hugely passionate about.
Victoria started working at ProPhysiotherapy in 2009. She has a special interest in the treatment and rehabilitation of lower limb sporting injuries and is dedicated to helping her patients achieve their sporting goals through evidence-based rehabilitation. Victoria treats a number of other conditions including recovery from orthopaedic injuries, ergonomic related back pain as well as ante natal and post natal musculoskeletal pain.
Lizzy qualified from the University of Plymouth with a BSc Physiotherapy degree in 2014.
Since then, she has worked both privately and for the NHS, including Royal Devon and Exeter hospital, Southampton General Hospital and St George’s University Hospital.
Lizzy has a wide range of experience in treating acute and chronic injuries and is currently specialising in Women’s Health Physiotherapy. Here she is treating pregnant and post natal women with musculoskeletal injury and urinary incontinence. She utilises a variety of techniques including manual therapy, massage, acupuncture, bespoke education and exercise prescription, in order to make pregnancy the most comfortable experience.
Jessica received her MSc Physiotherapy degree with distinction from Teesside University in 2017. She has worked as a rotational physiotherapist at two NHS trusts with experience in treatment of musculoskeletal, trauma and orthopaedics, paediatrics and ante-natal and postnatal patients. Jessica now works as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist for Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust with a focus on assessment and treatment of both acute and chronic condition of the neck, lower back, upper and lower limbs.
Jessica additionally has experience working privately with a local rugby team maintaining their pre-game fitness, pitch side first aid and rehabilitation from acute injury, such as ACL rehabilitation and recovery from shoulder rotator cuff injuries.
With a background in scientific research, having completed her BSc in Biochemistry and Immunology, Jessica likes to keep up to date with the latest research and treatment techniques in physiotherapy. Jessica provides the best treatment for her clients through utilising her ‘toolbox’ of physiotherapy interventions including pain management techniques such as manual therapy, acupuncture and soft tissue massage alongside tailored education and individualised exercise prescription. Her main focus in treatments is functional and goal orientated rehabilitation, working with clients to ensure they achieve their goals and return to full fitness.