Sports Massage

Our sports massage therapist Sarahjane Prince is a member of the Sports Massage Association and specializes in soft tissue injuries. Sports massage treats many forms of day to day problems such as muscle sprains and repetitive strain injuries. Working closely with osteopaths ensures that we can offer a more specific, patient centred and holistic approach.

What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the soft tissues of the body. Soft tissues include muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. It is not necessary to take part in sports to benefit from a sports massage. A sports massage can help relieve day to day problems, such as repetitive strain injuries, sprains, tension and fatigue that everyone experiences. Sports massage may also assist with preventative treatment and injury recovery. However if you participate in sports at any level, a sports massage can help with:

What to expect

On the first visit a case history will be taken. The client will then be asked about their symptoms, medical history and desired treatment outcome. This enables our massage therapists to tailor each session to the client’s individual needs and enables a suitable treatment plan to be devised. The first appointment lasts approximately 1½ hours, second and subsequent appointments last 1 hour.
Initially a visual assessment will be made and if appropriate functional tests will be carried out to help diagnose the symptoms. Typically, the patient lies on the treatment table in either loose-fitting clothing or partly undressed (covered with towels). Many techniques will be used during a sports massage and the practitioner uses oil, lotion, massage wax or talcum powder to reduce friction on the skin. All the products used are organic and of the highest quality available.

What training do Massage Therapists have and are they safe to treat me and my family?

Our massage therapist Sarahjane Prince is a member of the Sports Massage Association (SMA). The SMA ensures that you receive an individually tailored, high quality massage and as a member, Sarahjane must abide by a strict code of conduct. The SMA trains their therapists to identify conditions where it would be ill-advised or detrimental to receive treatment. This allows them to asses each client individually and be able to offer advise on the most beneficial treatment, even if this means treatment with an alternative health care professional.

Benefits

When I went to see Chantal she straight away knew what I was suffering with and said ‘I can fix this’. Those words made my heart sing as the constant pain was getting unbearable

When I was expecting my second child, I was thinking about how my pregnancy and birth would go this time round, I was expecting it to be the same as the first. However, this pregnancy was totally different with feeling sicker to then getting horrible, crippling girdle pain during my second and third trimester. I had been seeing Chantal for my lower back pain before I got pregnant with my daughter in 2017 and she helped me stay strong and healthy throughout that pregnancy. This pain got so bad that I had to message Chantal during the Covid lockdown as I was barely able to walk, let alone play with my then 2-year-old daughter. I was struggling to put my trousers on as well as not sleeping due to not being able to get comfortable. When I went to see Chantal she straight away knew what I was suffering with and said ‘I can fix this’. Those words made my heart sing as the constant pain was getting unbearable. Even before the treatment started all Covid restrictions/ precautions had been taken and I felt very safe within her clinic. The treatment started and although it was painful the relief I felt straight away was amazing. She was able to make the pain reduce from 100% to 30% in 1 treatment. If I knew more about the signs to spot SPD then I would have got treated earlier as it was so easy for her to fix or potentially stop all together. After that first treatment, I was seeing Chantal every month to keep the SPD at bay before I gave birth. I had a home birth in the water, the most amazing experience and due to Chantal’s help, I recovered very quickly with not having any SPD pain after the birth of my son. 

After my son was born, we both went to see Chantal who treated my son as he was suffering with not able to turn his head properly to the left. After she had seen this, she was able to diagnose that he was predominately head down in my left hip which caused the SPD for me and caused him to struggle to turn his head. She also diagnosed that his cranium bone was slightly moved due to being in my hip. She was so gentle with my son, treating the issues with his neck while I breastfed. I cannot recommend Chantal highly enough through pregnancy and afterwards. She is kind, knowledgeable and also always confident of her diagnosis, which defiantly put my mind at ease when it came to my newborn son.

Emma Richardson

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