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Sports Massage

What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage is a hands-on therapeutic treatment during which various techniques are applied to your body to address areas of tightness, restriction and soreness. This treatment helps maintain healthy tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue. It is a commonly used recovery strategy that aims to support the practice of any sport. Despite its name, sports massage can be used to address non-sport related issues too. We then refer to it as remedial massage. Sedentary work life can take its toll on the body and remedial massage can help release the tension gained during long sitting hours or any activity that might put strain on your joints and muscles. Individuals with conditions that affect the soft tissues (e.g: diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, etc…) can find some relief from this therapy.

How can Sports Massage help me?

It helps support your training Intense training requires appropriate body maintenance for which sports massage can help with. The many benefits (see list further below) helps reduce the risk of injury by providing early awareness of any potentially developing issues. It helps treat soft tissue injuries If you are injured, your physio might recommend sports or remedial massage to assist with the healing process and to help you regain full function. Whether injured or not, sports massage aims to reduce your recovery time and get you back to your favourite sport/activities faster. Here is a non-exhaustive list of benefits you can expect from your session:

• Muscle tone reduction
• Increased range of motion
• Improved blood flow in restricted areas
• Improved fluid movement
• Realignment of muscle fibres
• Relaxation/ Reduced anxiety
• Improve energy levels
• Pain reduction

At Flawless Physio, we have highly trained and experienced therapists who deliver sports massage for a range of specialist sport and non-sport related issues. Your therapist may recommend exercises or stretches for you to do at home to complement the treatment and regular sessions if your issues are not resolved or to assist your recovery if you are training hard. Treatment is tailored to your needs. Its duration depends on the areas being worked on, and the amount of discomfort or tissues typically sessions last between 30-90 minutes.

Is it painful?

Pain is a terrible misconception associated with sports massage that we aim to correct. To make things easier we like to distinguish ‘good pain’ from ‘bad pain’. The slightly painful but good feeling you get when someone massage your sore muscles could be referred as good pain for instance. Anything that doesn’t feel right or makes you feel uncomfortable should be brought to your therapist’s attention, so don’t be shy and do speak up during your treatment if that is the case. You might feel tender or sore after your session. This can last for up to 48 hour after your treatment.

Do I need Sport Massage or Physio?

Sport massage is a specific treatment which is often used in conjunction with other treatments such as physiotherapy, rehabilitation and acupuncture. It can be helpful for a wide range of issue but not for everything. If you are unsure whether your need physiotherapy or massage you are best to speak with one of our physiotherapists who can advise you on the best option. Equally, if you are having massage, your therapist may refer you to one of our physios if they feel the issue is beyond their scope and that you need a diagnosis.

When is the right time to have Sport Massage?

Sports massage can be beneficial at any time. It is a brilliant addition to your recovery and can also be a great preparatory tool as a pre-event treatment. Getting to know your therapist and your therapist knowing you will help you get the best treatment for what you need. The techniques may need to be altered just before a race/competition to ensure you are not sore and too “relaxed” at the start line! To enjoy the full benefits of your treatment we recommend you do not take part into any strenuous activity right after your session (ideally, you should allow 24hr before going back to any sport).

Do I need to bring anything?

We recommend you wear appropriate loose clothing as your therapist may be working directly on your skin and thus require you to expose areas of your body. We have shorts and towels to keep you covered and comfortable during your treatment. If you would like to contact us to book an appointment or discuss this further, you can do so using the options below:

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Very knowledgeable physio Team! Was in London on a business meeting and ended up visiting James for some urgent treatment on my lower back. Delighted with the service. James put me at ease straight away. His treatment was paramount in getting me through what was a hectic weekend. Could not recommend enough. Will definitely be back when in London again!
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Funky Inflatable Co.
17:29 11 Sep 18
Went to "Flawless Physio" two weeks ago for back pain that I'd been carrying for months. Three sessions later, it's all gone! The staff was very pleasant, professional and gave me a series of simple exercises to do at home. I definitely recommend them. I'll be back, hopefully not too soon ;)
Charles Muzard
Charles Muzard
13:04 24 Sep 18
I was recommended to see James by my consultant following surgery to my ankle. He was extremely professional and knowledgable. He motivated me throughout the process and I have now returned to long distance running thanks to his help. I would recommend his services to anyone
David Burns
David Burns
19:32 08 Sep 18
Awesome team. I ended up having to seek out treatment when my back went into spasm (on going problem) whilst down visiting friends. I saw James and he was very professional and through with his treatment. More importantly he gave me a better understanding about what was going on and how to manage my injury in the future. Highly recommended!
James Tatham
James Tatham
08:03 20 Sep 18
I received treatment from Vicky for a very stiff and painful neck, possibly brought on by tension. I felt confident that my therapist was knowledgeable. The service was very friendly and professional and I felt good progress from the first session already. Vicky recommended some exercises and explained how to do them with very clear diagrams and instructions. I would highly recommend Vicky
Tiziana Guffanti
Tiziana Guffanti
17:23 29 Aug 18
I would highly recommend Flawless Physio. Excellent knowledge/treatment and also brilliant customer care - following up and giving advice. Tailored rehab to suit the type and level of sport as well as lifestyle. My wife & I have been treated by both James & Victoria and they have both been great. Will continue to use for any future injury & rehab.
Joe Gomes
Joe Gomes
19:11 30 Mar 19
I saw Victoria for my dodgy shoulder, and she was brilliant. Very professional And knowledgeable, she really took time to explain what was going on and to treat it. She followed up with me to check I was getting on well with the exercises. She is also really accommodating with timings for appointments. I couldn't recommend more highly, thank you Victoria!
Fiona Hall
Fiona Hall
08:35 27 Mar 19
First class. Had 4 or 5 appointments with Victoria that were always late in the evening, although you wouldn't know it. She took her time, whether that be on soft tissue work, explaining how to do an exercise, or the purpose behind it. A genuine person that wants to help and she clearly knows her stuff.
Jamie Moles
Jamie Moles
21:14 20 Jan 19
Went to flawless physio and vic was great! Training for a marathon and she was very understanding and helpful. Living in the Twickenham area so was in great location! Her specialist knowledge in knee injuries was able to get me back running in two weeks 🏃🏼‍♀️
Ruth Herlihy
Ruth Herlihy
23:44 25 Jan 19
I injured my leg (ITB) training for the Berlin Marathon and then made it far worse it by trying to run it. Victoria has been essential in my recovery, helping me understand how to strengthen the right muscle groups and get back to running. I have been very impressed by the depth of knowledge and insight. This weekend I will run the Cancer Research 10km. Thank you!
Paul Carpenter
Paul Carpenter
17:02 28 Jan 19
Really impressed with the service provided at Flawless Physio. Vicky was knowledgeable, professional and her invaluable treatment and advice got me to the start of this year’s marathon when I’d had to stop running with 8weeks to go. Without the advice and care I received at Flawless Physio, at best I’d have limped my way round the course and at worst, not been able to take part at all. Definitely recommend!
Katy Gomes
Katy Gomes
11:03 30 May 19
James helped resolve a hamstring injury that had troubled me for the best part of a year. I'll certainly use Flawless Physio for any future issues. Highly recommended.
Sandeep C
Sandeep C
18:02 30 Apr 19