Sports Massage

Sports massage is ideal for recovery after injury, or to alleviate muscle stress and tension.

What is Sports Massage?

A specific type of massage therapy, the sports massage is a targeted therapeutic treatment whose prime purpose is to help alleviate stress and tension which often builds up in the body’s soft tissues as a result of regular physical activity. The ‘soft tissue’ includes muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a band of connective tissue, mainly collagen, which serves to attach, stabilise and separate muscles and internal organs). During a sports massage a variety of pressure is applied to the body, some techniques used are similar to those in other types of massage, although in the sports massage, pressure is typically deeper and more intense, penetrating further into the body’s soft tissues to release tension and reduce the build up of any trigger points. Stretching techniques may also be involved to help lengthen short and tense muscles.

A skilled sports massage therapist should be well qualified, display a detailed understanding of the body’s anatomy and physiology and be able to identify problem areas.

Why Is Sports Massage Beneficial?

Sports massage therapy is used in both the recovery and prevention of injury. Its application,  before and after exercise can offer numerous benefits such as increased flexibility, reduced pain and tension, performance enhancement, improved recovery rate, overall relaxation and better circulation, to name but a few.

Who Is Sports Massage For?

Sports massage is suitable for anybody, not just professional athletes. Individuals involved in any type of exercise, or those with an occupation which is either physically demanding or produces emotional or postural stress, can also benefit considerably from a sports massage.

Note* sports massage may not suitable for those with a medical condition, illness or pregnant women – it is important to check with the therapist prior to treatment.

How Often Is a Sports Massage Necessary?

Maintenance Massage

Regular massage therapy offers multiple physical and psychological benefits, aiding in relaxation and general wellbeing, helping to maintain and improve flexibility and range of movement, as well as improving recovery time post exercise.

Rehabilitation

Sports massage therapy is highly effective in the management of both chronic and acute injuries and for alleviating aches and pains. It can reduce painful symptoms and encourage the body to heal more quickly by boosting circulation and the immune system.

Professional Athletes

Most professional athletes view sports massage as an integral part of their training and care program. On-site event massages are typically divided into pre and post event therapies. Pre-event massages aim to help the athlete warm up and reduce any tension before the event, whereas post event massages focus on reducing muscle spasms and pain which often occur as a result of vigorous exercise. This subsequently helps to enhance the body’s own recovery process.

Get In Touch Today

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 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 of our physiotherapists are trained in sports massage therapy and can be as firm or as light as you can bear! For more information on sports massage therapy, get in touch today to talk to a member of our professional team.

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. Hons, MCSP, CEHF

Sherief completed his degree in Physiotherapy at Coventry University with first-class honours.

Since then, he has worked in both the private and public health care sectors including two London NHS hospitals; University College London Hospital & St George’s University Hospital. His experience spans across various specialties including recently 2 years in the St George’s Shoulder Unit, working along side world leading upper limb orthopaedic surgeons, and rehabilitating all patient groups including the elderly to high performance athletes.

Within the private physiotherapy sector, Sherief has worked with high level sports teams and athletes practicing; manual techniques, joint manipulations & mobilisations, Pilates, biomechanical movement analysis, bespoke rehabilitation, acupuncture and dry needling to aid his patient’s recovery. He is skilled in the management of all conditions of the back, neck, upper and lower limbs.

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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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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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Carla Joseph

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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Victoria Withers

Victoria graduated with First Class Honours in Physiotherapy at Cardiff University. She commenced her career within the NHS at the University Hospital of Wales, here her passion for Musculoskeletal Outpatient Physiotherapy developed. During her time in Cardiff, Victoria worked with multiple sports teams including; Cardiff Blues, Cardiff University Rugby Club and England Juniors Lacrosse, where she developed her management of acute and longer term sporting injuries.

As part of Victoria’s wider work in private practice she also enjoys treating patients within their home environments to help patients reach their functional goals.

Victoria combines her variety of treatment techniques to holistically treat and empower patients to reach their rehabilitation goals, utilising her skills in manual therapy, massage, trigger point release and exercise prescription.

Victoria has a specialist interest in post operative and post fracture rehabilitation.

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