As defined by the Sports Massage Association: â€œSports Massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is applicable not just to sports people but to anybody wishing to guard against or recover from a soft tissue injury.â€
Sports massage is used to:
- Â Â Improve circulation and lymphatic flow
Â Â Assist in the removal of metabolic wastes
Â Â Calm or stimulate nerve endings
Â Â Increase or decrease muscle tone
Â Â Increase or decrease muscle length
Â Â Assist in the remodeling of scar tissue
Sports Massage is not just for the Olympic athlete â€“ we treat armchair athletes too!
Around 50% of our patients are sports injury related and 50% are unrelated to sport.
Our youngest patients are still at primary school and our more senior patients are approaching their 90th birthday.
The benefits of sports massage therapy may also help relieve many day to day problems, such as:
Â Â Â Repetitive strain injury e.g: work, driving
Â Â Â Sprains and strains
Â Â Â Tension
Â Â Â General aches and pain e.g: gardening, lifting, playing with the kids
Â Â Â The effects of poor posture
Â Â Â Tight muscles / Muscle spasm
If you are a sports performer, of any level, a sports specific massage can be beneficial at any stage of participation â€“ from the conditioning and training phase, the post-competition stage as well as for injury prevention and recovery.
A full history of your condition will be taken and you will be examined as appropriate for the area or areas concerned. Â An individual treatment plan will be discussed, and then implemented by providing the appropriate massage and/or stretching techniques. You will be advised if the therapist feels any alternative actions may be required, for example referral to a doctor.
Appointments last 30, 45 or 60 minutes.Â You are advised to leave up to an hour for your initial appointment. Please contact the practice for our current availability and prices.
About Paul Watson:
Paul trained at the London School of Sports Massage, gaining his Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy in 2006.Â He went on to gain a Diploma in sports Therapy from the Sports Therapy Organisation (Manchester) in 2007.
He holds clinics at Devizes and Pewsey from Monday to Saturday, with later evening appointments available.
To make an appointment, or for further information, please telephone 07737 416906.