Sports activities are a regular way of life for many of us now, and involve people from across all age groups; from those who have an avid interest to those who just wish to keep fit, from the elite professional to the casual participant.
Sports Massage is a therapeutic treatment for anyone who has a sporting injury.
Our therapists are specially trained in understanding and treating these types of injuries. Most are active sports men and women themselves and understand the needs of the client to return to training as quickly as possible. They will be able to diagnose and treat most sports related injuries. They have the required experience and training to know when to refer to a more specialist therapist such as an osteopath.
Many of the injuries are the result of overuse i.e. playing too hard, too often eg:
- tennis elbow
or from not warming up properly beforehand or not cooling down after exercise.
Sometimes incorrect equipment can lead to injury; ill-fitting footwear can cause hip, knee and foot problems (e.g. Achilles injuries).
Reduced joint flexibility will affect the degree of performance and may result in injury if the player is unaware that they cannot perform to the same level as they used to. For example, golfers who cannot turn at the waist as well as they used to, and the enthusiastic older footballer whose knees do not bend as well as they once did.
Young people especially are vulnerable in sport as their growing bodies are often expected to perform to high standards and are putting exceptional physical demands on themselves.
The good news is that although sports injuries are common, those who are fit tend to recover more quickly and easily from their injuries.
Begin slowly and build up, especially after an injury.
Warm up first, and then cool down with stretches afterward.
Drink plenty of water when exercising.
Exercise regularly, and try to alternate the types of exercise that you are doing every day.
Following a joint injury apply ice to the area for 10 minutes, every hour, if practical. Apply a bandage to compress the tissues. Elevate and rest if possible.
£45 for 30 minutes | £65 for 60 minutes | £90 for 90 minutes
Sports Massage Therapists