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What happens during a session?

At the initial consultation stage a detailed medical history will be taken that will include current and past conditions. If an injury or postural condition is present then a thorough assessment will be made to identify dysfunctional muscles or postural problems. This is essential as this will determine what course of action is required and if any further treatment is necessary.

If massage alone cannot help, then advice will be given on consulting another healthcare professional such as a physiotherapist or osteopath. Every individual responds differently to treatment and it is possible that further treatments may be required.

Is sport and remedial massage therapy the same as physiotherapy?

No, they are two different practices although they do work closely together on occasions. Physiotherapists are trained to a higher level of knowledge in assessing, diagnosing and treating serious conditions both muscular and skeletal. They use various methods of treatment that include both electro and hydro therapies which are supported with a vast knowledge of rehabilitation exercise programmes. They do not normally concentrate on soft tissue injuries and will commonly refer to a sport and remedial massage therapist to recondition the muscles.

What should I wear?

Your privacy is of paramount importance to the therapist so you will be covered at all times with towels apart from that area that requires attention. Normally, clients wear their underwear or sports shorts are suitable.

How do I know you are competent?

There are a number of sports massage therapists that offer treatments and are unregulated and even fewer who are qualified to offer remedial massage therapy. A good indicator is to find out if they are a member of the Institute and Sport Remedial Massage (ISRM), Sport Massage Association (SMA) or the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). If they are not then you may not be receiving an appropriate or effective treatment. If they are members of the above bodies you can be assured that they are trained to a high standard and by leaders in the field. They will also be fully insured and adhere to a strict code of practice. If unsure you are more than entitled to ask to see their qualifications and membership.

How many sessions will I require?

This will largely depend on the condition and the individual. Clients with a specific remedial condition may benefit from a series of sessions, whereas an individual who’s involved in the sporting environment and requires maintenance to recondition their muscles may require a weekly or monthly treatment depending on the level of activity.

Are there any contraindications to massage therapy?

A contraindication is a condition or possible reason for not receiving massage. These are few and far between but some are listed below:

  • Acute soft tissue inflammation
  • Open wounds
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Varicose veins
  • Infectious skin disease
  • Tumours
  • Haemophilia

If in doubt you should speak to your therapist who will always consult your GP if required.