Sports and Clinical Massage

Both Sports Massage and Clinical Massage have become increasingly well recognised for their contributions to healthy lifestyle maintenance as well as for the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Many people are now turning to these forms of therapy to help counteract the effects of prolonged computer use, to address their muscle imbalances, to speed up their rehabilitation or to help prevent an old injury from sabotaging their performance. For many users, it has simply meant a life less compromised by crippling pain when carrying out their daily tasks.

Despite the name, Sports Massage is not solely targeted at athletes and sports enthusiasts. It is a specialised form of deep tissue massage used by individuals who may not necessarily be suffering with a specific injury or pathology but who may be experiencing frequent muscle aches and tension that can often occur as a result of poor posture or movement patterns pertaining to their occupation, hobby or sporting activity.

Some of the effects of Sports Massage include:

• Aiding recovery and recuperation from muscle fatigue
• Breaking down of knots and tissue adhesions
• Promoting healthy scar tissue formation
• Pain relief
• Increasing a joint’s range of movement
• Decreasing stress levels and increasing feelings of wellbeing
• Reducing the effects of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) after intense muscle activity
• Improving muscle tone and length

Whilst making full use of the tools and techniques available in Sports Massage, the practice of Clinical Massage is generally called upon in the event of a soft tissue injury or pathology. Here, carrying out relevant physical assessments along with a good understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and pathology is fundamental to the clinical decision-making required for knowing what, when, and how to apply massage therapy appropriately and safely. In accordance with the therapist's training, advanced massage techniques may be employed, such as Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release, as well as special orthopedic techniques such as Muscle Energy Technique and joint mobilisations.

Some of the conditions that Karen can treat with Clinical Massage include:

• Nerve disorders e.g. sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome
• TMJ (Jaw) pain/dysfunction
• Repetitive Strain Injuries
• Shoulder pathologies e.g. frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injury
• Running injuries e.g. shin splints, ITB tightness
• Tension headache, migraine
• Foot pathologies e.g. plantar fasciitis
• Non-specific lower back pain
• Sacroiliac joint dysfunction


If you have any questions or want to book email Karen at 

 Contact Rachel at / 07887 601111 /

Rachel is at the Centre on Thursdays

Karen is at the Centre on Sundays.


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