Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that you might have some questions regarding treatment options or what happens at your appointment. Hopefully we have answered them below, but if not please get in contact.
What is the difference between massage and soft tissue therapy?
In essence, they are one and the same thing. Soft tissue therapies are techniques used within a treatment framework, with the objectives being to bring about the improved function of muscles and soft tissues. Massage is one of these techniques.
Is sports and remedial massage right for me?
Whether you play sport or not, overuse injuries can occur and are generally brought on by the things that we do every day. Remedial massage is used to treat you and we will look at what activities could be the cause - we will give you simple advice and exercises to help with this. Generally making a few small changes can have a big effect.
I've heard that sports massage hurts, is this true?
Every person responds differently to pain, and as such, the pressure used in your treatment is tailored to you. We aim to be sensitive to your needs and requirements and help you in the best way possible. In some instances, to get tissues to respond it may be a little sensitive, but it should not be unbearable. Don't suffer in silence, keep communicating with us throughout your treatment.
What happens during a treatment?
You will have already completed your health questionnaire online, and this will include any goals, event deadlines, or existing problems. We will look at your posture, and may do some muscle testing as appropriate - this helps us to assess any issues or problems. The majority of your treatment will be hands-on.
What should I wear?
Towels are used during the treatment, but we will ask you to remove clothing so that we can access the treatment areas. We require you to keep your underwear on, if you are more comfortable, a pair of loose shorts can be worn.
How often should I have sports and remedial massage?
There is no hard and fast rule. Ideally every week, but this may not be possible due to your schedule and budget. How often you need a massage may depend on your levels of activity, any ongoing niggles or problems, or postural issues, and how you are feeling.
When should I have a sports massage?
Massage is a great way to relax as well as prepare your body for activity or recovery.
If you are following a training programme and your muscles are sore, then this is a great time to aid your body's recovery with a massage. However, do bear in mind that muscles can become very sensitive after heavy workouts.
Pre-event: If you are having a treatment prior to an event and this is the first time, leave a few days between the treatment and event. If you have regular massages, you will already know how your body responds. Pre-event massage can be done on the day of the event, however, if in doubt, leave a few fays between the massage and your event to allow your body to be at its optimum.
Post-event: This is an excellent time to book yourself in for a massage as this will help your body with its recovery process.
When should I NOT have a sports massage?
If you have been advised by your doctor that massage is not suitable for you. If you have any doubts at all, please contact us and we can talk you through this.
If you have an acute injury (within 72 hours) we will not be able to work on the injury site, however, we can work on surrounding areas to aid recovery.
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