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Sports Injuries/Massage

Sports Injuries & Massage

Injuries can occur in the young or old, recreational or competitive athletes. Regardless of the cause, the treatment will be the same.

Physiotherapy can assist with all stages of the injury process from the start to the final rehabilitation phase, returning the injured body part to normal function.

If the injury does not require urgent medical attention, you can start your own treatment at home using RICE therapy. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).

At the early stage, consulting our physiotherapists, will allow you a diagnosis of the problem, and an idea as to the expected time for recovery. They will assist and treat you through to the final rehabilitative stage and back to full activity.

Treatment may include:

  • RICE
  • Strapping
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Soft tissue massage & release
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • exercises & stretches
  • Proprioception re-training
  • Final rehabilitation & return to sporting activity.

“Early intervention leads to a quicker & more complete recovery”


Sports massage was designed for athletes, but is useful for anyone with chronic pain, injury or movement problems, especially anyone participating in regular physical activity. It assists with the prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.The general public are the most in need of sports massages due to the prolonged dysfunctional work postures that they sustain for long periods of time. This can have an adverse effect anywhere in the body causing aches and pains but especially within the neck, mid and lower back regions.

Sports Massage involves the use of deep soft tissue manipulation techniques and exercise advice.  It uses a variety of different techniques depending on the needs of the individual. It might include some or all of the following techniques: effleurage, petrissage, vibrations, frictions, dermal lifting, compressions, soft tissue release and specific stretching techniques. It can help prevent injuries to the soft tissues and joints, as well as facilitate repair of overexerted or strained muscles by increasing blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which will help reduce swelling, muscle fatigue as well as muscle tension.

The benefits of a sports massage include:

  • Relieve aches & pains
  • Improve flexibility
  • Improve range of movement of joints
  • Breakdown scar tissue & adhesions
  • Improve circulation & lymphatic flow
  • Increase or decrease muscle tone
  • Improve postural awareness
  • Identify potential causes & assist in injury prevention
  • Speed up recovery from training & aid rehabilitation
  • Promote relaxation & mental preparation


As a physiotherapist Gill has been exceptional. She is highly qualified and has a high degree of clinical proficiency as well as being very caring and sympathetic, which we both find very reassuring...


Lawrence and I have been patients of Gill as a physiotherapist for about seven years and have also attended her Pilates classes for about five years.

As a physiotherapist she has been exceptional. She is highly qualified and has a high degree of clinical proficiency as well as being very caring and sympathetic, which we both find very reassuring. I had surgery on my shoulder after which I was unable to raise my arm properly. With the help of Gill’s treatment my shoulder has recovered 100% of its mobility. Lawrence has had 5 major spinal operations over the last two years and Gill has been invaluable over that time. Between each operation she has maximised his recovery and given him treatment and exercises to minimise muscle wastage. We are confident that with her help he will make a full recovery.

We have both attended her Clinical Pilates classes and have found them extremely helpful. Gill uses the APPI method of Pilates and always ensures that each member of the class only takes any exercise to a level appropriate for them. I now attend two classes each week and would do more if I could.

I have recommended Gill to several members of my family and friends who have all been more than happy with the treatment they have received.

Mr & Mrs L.& N. S from Radlett