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Sports Massage

At Wandsworth Physiotherapy our Sports Massage sessions consist of traditional sports massage, with the option of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage (IASTM) and dry needling.

This is suitable for professional and recreational athletes who experience pain and tension points in their muscles and for office workers who suffer from a stiff neck, back and shoulders.

This is the type of sports massage extensively used to prepare Premier League footballers and rugby players prior to training and games. It is also used widely for recreation and elite runners and other athletes.

During a sports massage deep, firm pressure is used by the therapists thumbs, hands, knuckles and forearm to kneed and stretch the muscles. 

The aim of this is to generate friction in the muscles, create heat and improve blood flow into the sore and tight muscles. Increased blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and removes waste products and stimulate detoxification. 

Special stainless steel massage tools are also used during this type of massage. 

 These techniques originate from the Traditional Chinese Medicine form of massage known as Gua Sha. Now more commonly known as Graston Technique, or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM) releases adhesions in our fascia. Fascia is a type of connective tissue that envelopes our muscles, support’s our bones and organs and insulates our nerves. Using these tools stimulates cellular activity, improves lymph and blood flow and helps to relieve pain from tight sore muscles.

Dry needling is a form of acupuncture where needles are inserted into trigger points in the muscles. Trigger points are painful taught palpable tension points in muscles commonly described by people as ‘knots’. Needling them causes a muscle fibre contraction after which the muscle relaxes. The dry needling technique also stimulates blow flow into the area, and stimulates the brain to releases endomorphins, your own natural painkillers, thus having an analgesic effect. If you do not like acupuncture you can request for it not to be performed.

These combined massage and needling techniques can feel somewhat painful and those who don’t like painful massage should look to book one of our Express or Deluxe Relaxing Swedish Massages.

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At Wandsworth Physiotherapy & Osteopathy we're focused on getting you out of pain and back to what you love doing, from simply sitting comfortably to playing with your kids, getting back into the gym or being able to run 5k again, our expert Physiotherapists, Podiatrists & Osteopaths are here to help!

 

Please take note of our cancellation policy at the bottom of the page.

Benefits of Sports Massage

Deluxe Sports Massage

The Deluxe Sports Massage is 1 hour and perfect for those who want to indulge themselves in a whole body treatment working out the tension in the neck, upper back and shoulder, the rotator cuff, the mid and lower back, the glutes, hamstring, quads and calves. All of our Sports Massages are performed by a Chartered Physiotherapists or Registered Osteopath with experience working in elite sports, regularly preparing international athletes for training and competition.

The benefits of a deep tissue sports massage, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage and Dry Needling are decreased pain and tension, a relaxed state and a greater sense of wellbeing. During a Sports Massage session no assessment or diagnosis of an injury will be made, If you have an injury that requires assessment and diagnosis you need to book a physiotherapy or osteopathy appointment.

Express Sports Massage

Our most popular Sports Massage is the 30 minute Express Sports Massage.

This is perfect for runners or other recreational athletes who need to release the IT band, glutes, quads, calf and hamstrings. It is also very useful for office workers who develop pain and tension in the neck, back and shoulders.

To prevent injuries from occurring regular monthly maintenance Express Sports Massage sessions are recommended.

Super Deluxe Sports Massage

The Super Deluxe Sports Massage is 90 minutes and perfect for those who want extra attention on certain areas and may also include head and foot massage, as well as the neck, upper back and shoulders, the rotator cuff, the mid and lower back, the glutes, hamstring, quads and calves..

Brilliant all round experience. After sustaining a marathon injury during training Wandsworth Physiotherapy managed to fit me in the next day and was back up and running within 2 weeks after three 30 minute sessions. Gave me exercises to go away and do in my own time too so felt like I was making the most of their and my time too.

Marina Williams

These guys are fantastic! Really quick to reply and they found me an appointment on the same day. I've since had regular treatments with Alessio who is excellent, and my torn IT band, shoulder and other ailments are much improved. Brilliant for both sports injuries and wellness.

Gerry Sweetland

Booked an appointment for the same day on a Saturday. Adele has been very welcoming and helpful, providing useful advice as well as efficient treatment. Great local clinic, will definitely come back and recommend.

Jean Reverdy

Steve was excellent. Long term/complex shoulder injury treated over a number of sessions - patient, curious and methodical. Great treatments and programme of exercises and I'm back to pain free swimming.

~ Nick Outlaw

I've been several times for several different problems and Steve has always been excellent. He listens really carefully and asks good questions to find out exactly what's wrong, and is very clear with follow-up exercises to continue the therapy at home. Highly recommend him!

Vanessa Harriss

Meet The Team

Andreas

Osteopath
& Massage Therapist

Francesca Barosso

Beatrice

Osteopath & Women's
Health Specialist

Grace

Chartered Physiotherapist
& Massage Therapist

Steve

Chartered Physiotherapist
& Nutritional Therapist 

Francesca Barosso

Francesca

Senior Chartered Physiotherapist
& Massage Therapist

Jack

Podiatrist
 

Wilson

Chartered
Physiotherapist

Francesca Barosso

Anna

Clinical Administrator
& Receptionist

Clinic Address

338 Old York Road,
SW18 1SS

Get In Touch

Request a call back - tell us about your problem… if you’re not sure what physiotherapy or osteopathy are and whether they can help your problem request a call back from one of our expert therapists. We can listen to your problem and let you know if we can help... just leave your details using the contact form and we'll be in touch as soon as possible!

Cancellation Policy

Please note we have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Please respect our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths and give them more than 24 hours notice if you need to change or cancel an appointment. Failure to do so will incur a cancellation charge and result in you needing to pre-pay for appointments thereafter.
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Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 20:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 20:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 20:30
Thursday 08:00 - 20:30
Friday 08:00 - 20:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

 

338 Old York Road, SW18 1SS

0203 322 9455

Open 7 Days