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 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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Lucy Allen

BSc MCSP

Lucy qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Birmingham in 2009. Over the last 8 years she has worked across South Wales and Oxford before moving to London to start at St Marks Hospital in Harrow. Coming from an experienced musculoskeletal and sporting background, Lucy developed a passion for treating women with pelvic girdle pain both ante and postnatally; helping them continue to lead an active lifestyle.

This enthusiasm for pelvic health led Lucy to specialise in Women’s and Men’s Health with a special interest in pelvic floor dysfunction and colorectal disorders. Lucy is dedicated to helping her patients become confident in their symptom management and to regain control of intimate issues such as incontinence and sexual dysfunction.

Lucy is a qualified acupuncturist and a member of the Association of Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapists (POGP). She is also starting her Masters in Women’s Health Physiotherapy next Autumn.

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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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