Sports Massage Therapy

Sports Massage therapy helps to alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity, either due to overexertion and/or overuse. Sports massage can break the tension down quickly and effectively.

This treatment is not just for the sports person, anyone can benefit from Sports Massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious -(occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).

Sports Massage tends to be deeper and more intense than other massage and incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point techniques.

Man in sidelying position receives sports massage therapy
Woman receiving sports massage therapy in supine position

How can sports massage therapy benefit you?

• Increases range of movement and flexibility

• Increases blood circulation, helping tissue repair and removing waste products

• Eases muscular aches and pains

• Speeds up recovery time post injury, and reduces the risk of re-injury.

Sports Therapy

Sports Therapy is concerned with injury prevention, injury assessment and the rehabilitation of patients back to full functional fitness in a safe, effective and efficient manner.

When treating injuries, the main focus is to get them back to normal function, in as little time as possible. The main stages of approach include a detailed history of your injury and the effects it is having on your daily life. This will be followed by appropriate orthopedic and neurological testing. Following a diagnosis being formed and discussed with you, a treatment and rehabilitation plan will be made for you.

The injury will be re-assessed at every appointment to ensure your recovery is progressing optimally with the correct suited treatment.

Sports therapy is a combination of deep and soft tissue massage, stretching, mobilisation and electrotherapy, to improve the range of joint movement and general joint function.  The session will also include home advice including stretches and exercises, and advice on methods of pain relief, as well as taking steps within the stages of rehabilitation, to regain full function.

Image of two female runners on the road

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is a combination of techniques including gentle stretching and mobilising of skeletal muscle, joints and soft tissue. Techniques applied gradually aim to increase flexibility and mobility, as well as circulation to and from the tissues.

This improves the elimination of toxins and waste products, leaving the muscles feeling refreshed, revitalised and deeply relaxed. This massage can be tailored to what you need from the treatment, whether it be relaxing or energising, in order to improve your overall well-being.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) uses a range of specialised and gentle, very light rhythmic pumping techniques, to move the excess fluid from an area with an abnormal build-up of a fluid, called lymph, in the body tissues.

This stimulates the lymphatic vessels and helps move excess fluid away from the swollen area, so that it can drain away normally. This helps to reduce the pain, aids relaxation, and positively affects the immune system.

Myofascial Dry Cupping

Cupping is an ancient alternative treatment which originates from Egypt, China and Middle Eastern cultures. Myofascial Dry Cupping is used to treat:Cupping is an ancient alternative treatment which originates from Egypt, China and Middle Eastern cultures. Myofascial Dry Cupping is used to treat:

  • muscle pain and tension
  • reduced joint movement
  • headaches
  • back, neck and joint pain
  • sports injuries
  • stress and anxiety

Dry Cupping uses suction to create a vacuum within the cups which pulls the soft tissue up. This helps to draw fresh blood to the area. Fresh blood brings oxygen and nutrients to aid healing and improve pliability of the muscles.

The suction also produces a stretch reflex on the muscles and fascia which helps release tension and improve movement.  As the vacuum draws up stagnant blood from the underlying tissues it can leave a red mark which may last a few days. This is also a beneficial way to remove waste products from the muscles which can often be the cause of aching.

Dry Cupping can be used in a static position for targeted relief and also using a sliding technique to have a deep tissue massage effect.

The static suction creates a controlled micro-trauma to the area which can re-initiate a healing response as the body sends white blood cells, fibroblasts and platelets to the area.

Image of woman receiving myofascial dry cupping treatment

Dry Cupping is often used alongside other soft tissue techniques/massage within an Osteopathic treatment with Launa, and can also be booked as a stand-alone treatment.

In summary, Dry Cupping helps aid soft tissue injuries and reduce pain or discomfort by:

  • Increasing localised circulation
  • Increasing oxygenation and nutrient content within the tissue
  • Removing stagnant blood and waste products
  • Re-initiating the healing process to micro-trauma
  • Stretches fascia and connective tissue, which leads to a relaxation respons

What our patients say

“Really impressed with my treatment with Launa. Not only is she kind and gentle, she is very thorough and explains everything nicely. I also enjoyed the fact that she covered nutrition with me, giving me advice on what foods could be causing inflammation.”

Mrs Brown, Horley

Contact ‘The Carlton Clinic’ on 01293 784200 or
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