Sports and Therapeutic Massage
Alona has extensive knowledge and experience in providing massage therapy and currently offers two forms of massage: Sports Massage and Therapeutic Massage. On top of being a HCPC and CSP registered Physiotherapist, Alona is qualified in: Sports Massage, Holistic Body Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Reflexology, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release Massage, Acupuncture, the Emmet Technique, Bowen Technique, Cupping and Lomi Lomi massage. With her extensive knowledge of massage techniques and their effects, Alona combines the most appropriate techniques to suit each client’s individual needs.
Therapeutic massage, similarly to sports massage utilises many forms of soft tissue manipulation. Depending on the client’s needs, it will consist of classical soft tissue manipulation techniques like effleurage and petrissage, and may include soft tissue stretches, deep friction massage, acupoint massage, myofascial release, trigger point release therapy, joint mobilisation techniques and/or deep tissue massage. It can be used for improving both, acute and chronic musculoskeletal issues. Primarily, therapeutic massage is used to reduce musculoskeletal pain, increase blood circulation, promote lymphatic drainage, reduce muscle spasms and tightness, improve mobility of the soft tissues and induce relaxation.
Therapeutic massage is recommended for everyone who requires a more holistic approach or finds sports massage overly intense and requires a more specialised approach to the application of pressure.
Therapeutic massage can be helpful in various painful musculoskeletal condition and is advised for:
Neck and shoulder pain
Upper, mid and/or lower back pain
Upper limb pain
Lower limb pain
Sports massage is a specialised form of massage that uses various forms of deep soft tissue manipulation techniques, specific manual techniques and stretches to reduce muscle soreness and tightness, improve performance of fatigued muscles, and induce healing within injured soft tissues. Sports massage can be used pre-and-post-sporting events, during rest from heavy training and as a preventative therapy, as well as an aid in recovering from numerous soft tissue injuries.
Sports massage is recommended for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, cyclists, footballers and other team sports players, runners, and hill walkers. It can also be used for occupational overuse injuries.
Sports massage in combination with physical rehabilitation can assist with recovery from various sports injuries including:
Neck, Shoulder and Upper Back strain, Lower Back strain, Sciatica, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Frozen Shoulder, Rotator Cuff Strain,
Gluteal Tendinopathy, Thigh Muscle Strain,
Piriformis Syndrome, Iliotibial Band Syndrome (runner’s knee), Calf Muscle Strain, Plantar Fasciitis.
Assessment and treatment
During your first appointment, your musculoskeletal condition will be thoroughly assessed, you will be asked about your medical history and your condition and how it effects your physical function.
After this your function, range and quality of movement, and muscle power and tone may be assessed. Following the assessment, your treatment preferences will be identified and based on this and the outcome of the assessment you may be offered either sports, therapeutic or a combination of both massage modalities.
Your treatment strategy will be selected and the most effective massage techniques will be used to achieve the desirable physiological effects.
Following your first treatment, you may be issued a home exercise programme that will help further your recovery. All exercises prescribed are based on the best available scientific evidence.
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