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Massage Therapy at Croydon Sports Injury Clinic Ltd

man receiving neck massageMany people may consider massage therapy to be a posh spa service. While it can be a luxurious treatment, the massage we offer at Croydon Sports Injury Clinic Ltd is therapeutic. The term “massage therapy” includes a variety of techniques. Generally speaking, therapists press, stroke and manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. They primarily utilise their hands and fingers but may use their forearms or elbows.

Types of Massage

There are many forms of massage used in practice today. These include Swedish massage. With this type of massage, the therapist employs long strokes, kneading, circular movements, vibration and tapping. Similar to Swedish massage, sports massage is modified specifically to the needs of athletes.

Other types of massage include deep tissue massage and trigger point massage, which focuses on myofascial trigger points. These muscle “knots” are painful when pressed and can create symptoms in other parts of the body.
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A relaxing Swedish massage is what clients get at first. Your Swedish massage session may begin with broad, flowing strokes that will help relax your nervous system and alleviate muscle tension. As your body relaxes, pressure will slowly be increased to relax certain areas and relieve areas of muscular tension.

Typically, the massage therapist will use a light oil or lotion to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate right away if you experience any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most beneficial when your body is not resisting.

  • Alleviates stress
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Decreases pain
  • Improves sleep
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Increases joint flexibility
How do I need to prepare for my massage?

There’s nothing in particular you need to do. Please arrive a few minutes before your session time. We will give you a form to fill out before you see the therapist. You’ll let our therapist know what’s brought you in.


Is massage appropriate for all ages?

Yes. In fact, infants can have massage as can small children. Adults and seniors can have massage as well.


Do I have to undress completely?

You can elect to undress to your comfort level. Our therapist will accommodate your preference. If, for example, you’re just having your upper body addressed, you may choose to leave your pants on. If it’s an area that the therapist needs to work on, the clothes need to be removed.


How is massage therapy an important adjunctive service to chiropractic care?

If you have a joint that’s misaligned, some muscles are going to create forces on that misalignment. While a chiropractor will adjust, and the joints will move, those muscles will only let the joints move to a certain point. They can be restrictive if they’re particularly tight.

When massage is given before an adjustment, however, the adjustment can last longer because the muscle tension is released.


Does a massage hurt?

A massage should never be painful. A light, relaxing massage that doesn’t probe deeply into the muscles shouldn’t cause any discomfort. Pain can be a sign that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be modified. Pain can also cause you to tighten up and offset the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective massage works with your body’s natural reaction.


Is there anything I should do after a deep tissue massage?

If you were given a deep massage, you may experience slight soreness the next day, similar to a good workout at the gym. If you do have any soreness, a hot shower or a soak in the tub can alleviate such discomfort. After your session it’s a good idea to increase your water intake. We recommend that you drink one or two extra glasses.


How often should I get a massage?

You can choose, of course, how often you want to come in for a massage. If you are looking at massage as a type of preventative care or to manage daily stress, one massage a month is common. Weekly sessions may be recommended if you are receiving massage for address injuries or to relieve chronic tightness that is impacting your daily life. Many people elect to get massage therapy at least twice a month for optimal therapeutic relief.


Are there any medical conditions that would make massage inadvisable?

Yes. That’s why it’s critical that, before you start your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is vital that you let the practitioner know of any health issues or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, we advise you to obtain a written recommendation for massage before any session. Depending on the condition, it may be necessary to get approval from your doctor.


Does insurance cover massage?

Some insurance will cover therapeutic massage, but not all. Please check with your provider.


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Massage Therapy Croydon, Sanderstead, Selsdon | 0 208 651 4439