Sports Massage

Sports massage aims to promote and restore your health through deep enlivening massage to improve the suppleness and flexibility of tissues, increase range of movement, enhance blood circulation, accelerate healing, prevent injuries and optimise your peak physical fitness.

What is it? 

Sports massage involves manipulating soft tissue with the therapist’s hands, using a range Remedial/Swedish massage techniques at varyingchhc webphoto 2953pub intensities and pressures (see Massage Techniques).1

Helps treat minor sports injuries: calming bursa or reducing tendon inflammation, relieves muscle tension or spasm, soothes damaged ligaments and joints, reduces swelling, encourages alignment of scar tissue, and promotes speedy recovery.1-3

Protects from sprains and stresses caused by overtraining, resolving aches and pains. Prevents development of injuries by stretching soft tissue and improving muscle flexibility. Used on a regular basis, sports massage can innovate and advance ultimate fitness and performance, increasing oxygen and nutrient supply to tissues and removal of waste from the body, and promotes health.3-5

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  • Relieves tension and anxiety, and aids complete mental and physical relaxation.5-7
  • Pre-event: stimulates circulation, increases oxygenation, reduces tension and prepares athlete mentally and physically.
  • Post-event: reduces tension, relieves muscle soreness, assists with the removal of lactic acid, aids recovery, and calms the body systems.

 Treatment Time + approach:chhc webphoto 2938pub

Following a complete assessment and detailed history, patients will be physically examined, including palpation to feel problems – please bring a pair of loose shorts to your appointments. Initial assessment will last approximately 1 hour. A typical session will involve appraising any injury or imbalance, using a number of techniques including test for range of movement and muscle strength, posture and gait analysis.1-4,8-11 We evaluate fitness for treatment and check there are no contra-indication. Sports Massage may be performed with the use of a simple base oil (we use hypo-nonallergenic grape seed), with talcum powder or dry skin, with hands-on contact by the therapist. Pressure is gradually increased from superficial to deep, but your dignity and comfort is naturally observed throughout with upmost professionalism.



Swedish massage was developed in the early 1800s by Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish physiologist and fencing master, who developed a clear system of massage based on a combination of scientific physiology.8-12                                                                                                                          chhc webphoto 2920

Techniques included: ‘Effleurage’ – gliding strokes, ‘Petrissage’ – kneading movements, ‘Frictions’ – circular pressure of the hand and fingers, ‘Vibration’ – soft tissue vibratory movements, ‘Percussion/Tapotement’ – brisk tapping, slapping and cupping (see Massage Techniques).1-4


Recognised Body + References:

SMA members have to undertake approved education courses, and maintain Professional Liability insurance, First Aid training and must adhere to the Association’s high standards and codes of conduct. Likewise, CThA and CSP members are required to adhere to extensive codes of practice that protect the public and the therapist, and ensure an excellent standard of professional care.

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2        Kolt GS and Brewer BW (2007) Psychology in Injury and Rehabilitation. In: Kolt GS and Synder-Mackler L (Eds) Physical Therapies in Sport and Exercise (2nd Edition). China: Churchill Livingstone.
3        Gordon S, Potter M and Hamer P (2001) The Role of the Physiotherapist and Sports Therapist. In: Crossman J (Eds) Coping with Sports Injuries: Psychological Strategies for Rehabilitation. Oxford: Oxford Publishers.
4        Crossman J (2001) Coping with Sports Injuries: Psychological Strategies for Rehabilitation (Eds). Oxford: Oxford Publishers.
5        Mantle F and Tiran D (2009) A-Z of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Guild for Health Professionals. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone[BG1] .
6        Furlan AD, Imamura M, Dryden T and Irvin E (2010) Massage for Low-Back Pain. Cochrane Back Group: The Cochran Library.
7        Patel KC, Gross A, Graham N, Goldsmith CH, Ezzon J, Morien A and Peloso PMJ (2012) Massage for Mechanical Neck Disorders. Back Pain. Cochrane Back Group: The Cochran Library.
8        Ali Rasooli S, Kouskie Jahromi M, Asadmanesh A and Salesi M (2012) Influence of Massage, Active and Passive Recovery on Swimming Performance and Blood Lactate. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, April; 52(2):122-7.
9        Clarkson HM (2005) Joint Motion and Function Assessment: A Research-Based Practical Guide. Pennsylvania: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
10      Buckley JP and Hughes RA (2008) Introduction In: Buckley JP, Spurway N and Maclaren D (Eds) Exercise Physiology in Special Populations: Advances in Sport and Exercise Science. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
11       Carter R, Lubinsky J and Domholdt E (2011) Rehabilitation Research: Principal and Applications. United States of America: Elsievier Saunders.
12      Hertling D and Kessler R (006) Management of Common Musculoskeletal Disorders, Physical Therapy Principals and Methods (4th Edition). United States of America: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins (54-55).