Sports Massage

What is sports massage?

Sports massage is a highly effective, specialised, deep tissue massage used to prevent or relieve soft tissue pain or injury in muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.

It can benefit anyone, particularly if you have a demanding job or lifestyle or a medical condition such as arthritis, by helping to maintain healthy soft tissue, mobility, reduce pain and stress.

For sports people, it can enhance your performance, help prevent injury and speed up recovery times from sports injuries.

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Sports massage can help with:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Groin strain
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pulled Hamstrings
  • Runner’s knee
  • Shin splints
  • Tennis elbow

It can also help you with:

    • Chronic back, neck and wrist pain
    • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
    • Stiffness and restricted movement
    • General soft tissue injuries

What does it involve?

Our specially trained and highly experienced physiotherapists at The Foscote Hospital will use a tailored combination of techniques to treat your individual problem as appropriate, based on an initial consultation and assessment. These include:

  • Deep Swedish Massage – Effleurage (long strokes), petrissage (kneading), vibration, and tapotement (rhythmic tapping)
  • Compression Massage – Rhythmic ‘warm-up’ compression into muscles to stimulate blood supply and help soften the tissues.
  • Cross-Friction Massage – To stretch, broaden and maintain mobility within the soft tissue structures of ligaments, tendons, and muscles and prevent adherent scars from forming.
  • Trigger Point Massage – Finger or thumb pressure into trigger points (‘muscle knots’) in muscle and connective tissue, to reduce muscle spasms, pain and hypersensitivity in these areas.
  • Lymphatic Massage – Stimulation of specialised lymphatic-drainage pathways, to improve the body¹s removal of waste and toxins, such as lactic acid.

How does it work?

Massage helps to improve the ability of soft tissue to resist and recover from injury by stimulating the flow of oxygenated blood and nutrients to the target area and increasing the removal of waste products and toxins. It also reduces tension and stimulates the release of endorphins to reduce pain.

Stretching releases pressure build up and improves tissue elasticity and helps break down scar tissue to increase flexibility and mobility in the problem area. Heat generated through the massage also helps to relax the muscles. Patients generally find sports massage uplifting and invigorating.

We recommend that patients have regular sessions, with a frequency based on your individual needs, in discussion with our physiotherapist. This may, for example, be every 1-2 weeks if you’re in intense sport training or once a month to maintain your general health and wellbeing.

How much does it cost?

  • An initial appointment and assessment of 45 minutes is £65.
  • Follow-up appointments of 30 minutes are £50 each.
  • Sports massages are £30 for 30 minutes each.

How do I make an appointment?

Our Chartered Physiotherapists at The Foscote Hospital are available from Monday to Friday. To book an appointment, please call Reception on 01295 252281 or email Reception.

Sports massage is performed at The Foscote Hospital by

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    Emily Eden

    Physiotherapy Manager


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  • Ingrid Stroop physiotherapy Banbury

    Ingrid Stroop

    Senior Physiotherapist


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This page is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.