Remedial Massage

Enjoy a relaxing remedial massage, great for your wellbeing.

What is a Remedial Massage?

A type of complementary therapy, remedial massage employs a range of massage techniques intended to naturally aid the healing powers of the body allowing it to return to a state of health.

Remedial massage is designed to assist in the treatment of various painful soft tissue disorders which may include strained or injured muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues. Through a variety of different massage techniques, which may include deep tissue penetration, trigger point therapy and myofascial release, as well as various other cross-fibre and stretching techniques, remedial massage therapy can help to restore range of motion, eliminate painful symptoms and improve flexibility and general wellbeing.

The Benefits of Remedial Message

Remedial massage offers a wide range of benefits both physiological and psychological. Its main purpose is to balance muscle tone, length and tension as well as increasing blood flow and promoting the return of the normal position of the joint, capsule and bone to create favourable conditions for the body to restore itself to normal health following an injury. Remedial massage can also be highly beneficial in reducing pain, improving immunity and stimulating endorphin release which aids in healing, mood and sleep.

Rehabilitation

Most people who consult a remedial massage therapist have painful symptoms as a result of a pre-existing injury or condition from a sporting activity or an accident. Others may be suffering from stress or occupation related aches and pains. Remedial massage therapy provides a highly effective treatment for a range of different musculoskeletal disorders involving the arms, legs, back, neck and shoulders as well as reducing swelling and stiffness and improving joint mobility – all of which improve symptoms and general wellbeing.

Maintenance

The benefits of regular massage have been long documented for their therapeutic properties. Some people use massage therapy to help manage persistent aches and pains such as non-specific lower back pain, whereas those involved in regular rigorous exercise may use massage therapy before and after training to maintain optimum form. Others may use massage therapy to help with mental wellbeing, sleep related problems or to simply relax and unwind.

Regular remedial massage therapy is beneficial to everybody and can help keep the body in optimum condition as well as relieving stress and anxiety which may build up quickly due to the demands of a busy lifestyle and occupation.

What to Expect

Remedial massage therapy employs a holistic approach, whereby the individual’s health is considered as a whole, not merely focused on symptoms. Each patient is unique with an individual set of needs, and should be thoroughly assessed during an initial consultation where the therapist collates detailed information regarding any specific injuries or conditions as well as information regarding general health and lifestyle, prior to the application of any treatment.

Our Therapists

All of our professional therapists are well qualified and demonstrate a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology in order to provide effective treatment to our patients. We encourage patients to openly discuss with the therapist what they hope to achieve from each session, to provide a more tailored treatment.

The Experts…

Catherine “Kate” Robertson

Achieved a distinction in her Physiotherapy Masters in Sports Injury and Therapy from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003. She works closely with the Orthopaedic Consultants at St George’s Hospital, London and at Frimley NHS Trust.  She has over 20 years experience in treating patients.

She also works as an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) in Orthopaedic Spine Clinic and performs peripheral injections and is training to perform spinal injections. 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 ability to prescribe the necessary medications for the injection without the need for you to see your GP for the prescription.

Kate has excellent experience in treating lower limb injuries and assessing biomechanical issue, as well as her experience in managing patients with spinal injuries and pain.

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Victoria O’Gorman

Victoria O’Gorman qualified from The University of Birmingham with a first class honours degree in 2001.

The first seven years of her career were spent in the NHS. She then went to work at the English Medical Centre in the French ski resort of Val d’Isere where she was their physiotherapist for two winter seasons. On returning from the mountains in 2009 she joined the ProPhysiotherapy team.

Victoria has a special interest in sports injuries and lower limb rehabilitation.

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Sherief Marzouk

BSc MCSP

Sherief graduated from Coventry University with first class honours in 2011. Previously he had completed a Bachelor of Business Studies in Sport Management in 2010, and National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness Studies from University of Limerick (Ireland) in 2010. In 2017 he also completed a MSc Module in Advanced Physiotherapy Rehabilitation from St Georges University.

He has specialised experience in Musculoskeletal care, and Trauma and Elective orthopaedics rehabilitation. Prior to specialising Sherief worked across a wide variety of specialities such as ICU, cardiac care, elderly rehabilitation and various surgical wards. This has provided him with excellent background experience to his chosen speciality.

Sherief has a special interest in sports and athlete rehabilitation. He enjoys working with patients with conditions such as runners knee, chronic groin pain, hamstring strain and ACL reconstruction rehabilitation. In addition to this given his background in orthopaedics, he also enjoys the rehabilitation of traumatic fractures and elective orthopaedic procedures such as hip and knee replacement.

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Sarah Healy

BSc MCSP

Sarah qualified in 2011 from Oxford Brookes University with First Class Honours in BSc Physiotherapy, and concurrently completed a Sports Massage Diploma. She is trained in APPI Pilates Matwork Level 1 and 2, and AACP Acupuncture Accredited.

Since qualifying Sarah has worked in the NHS and Private medical sectors within the UK and with local football and rugby teams. Sarah particularly enjoyed her time working with a ski physiotherapy company in France and with a Pilates company in Cape Town. She is well travelled!

Her broad experience has enabled her to gain valuable knowledge of the assessment, treatment and management of patients with a variety of neurological, respiratory, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions. Her area of clinical interest now lies in musculoskeletal physiotherapy where she enjoys treating both upper and lower limb sporting and non-sporting injuries, conditions and post operative rehabilitation patients. Her area of particular special interest is in the management of patients with scoliosis. Sarah remains evidence-based in her treatment approach and adopts a combination of manual techniques and exercise therapy to bring about the best results for her patients.

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Alexandra Kallistratou

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!

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James Wills

I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2014 with a First Class Honors in BSc Physiotherapy. Looking ahead, I start my MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in September 2018

Since qualifying, I started as a junior physiotherapist working in the NHS gaining a broad all round experience across medical, surgical and musculoskeletal areas. My interest and passion for helping individuals within the musculoskeletal remit has driven me to specialise in this area for the past several years now. Currently I continue my work in the NHS as a senior physiotherapist at St. George’s hospital giving me access to expert resources.

Since specialising I have worked across orthopaedics and outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Drawing on knowledge from both areas allows me to have a better understanding of how to manage injuries and longer term conditions. In order to assist recovery and management I have trained in sports massage, taping and acupuncture to use alongside core physiotherapeutic treatments.

I enjoy helping people with all conditions of the body, however I have specific interest in managing, general lower limb injuries and post-operative rehabilitation. Since a young age I have always been a keen runner, having experienced several injuries I also have a special interest in the rehabilitation of running injuries.

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Caoimhe Gallagher

Caoimhe qualified at St George’s University of London in 2014 and has been working for them ever since having specialised in Musculoskeletal Outpatient Physiotherapy.

Caoimhe has experience in treating chronic pain and general musculoskeletal injuries. She has a particular interest in post-operative issues, having run the post-operative total hip and knee and ACL reconstructive surgery clinics and classes at St George’s Hospital.

Caoimhe has also worked in ante-natal and post-natal musculoskeletal care at St George’s and so has experience treating these issues individually and in group settings.

Caoimhe also completed three seasons at Wimbledon Rugby Club where she worked with the men’s, women’s and youth teams dealing with both acute injuries and longer term rehabilitation.

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