Sports Massage in Maidstone kent

Eyhorne Osteopathic Clinic
Sports Massage

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What is Sports Massage?


Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective tissue that lines and ensheathes the other soft tissues). Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.

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Conditions we regularly treat:


This is just a short list of the problems we regularly treat amongst other injuries. If you are unsure if we can help, would like more information or further advice, please call us on 01622 880995.

small logo Pain in the back, shoulders, knees or neck
small logo Injuries in muscles, ligaments or tendons
small logo Sprains
small logo Tennis elbow
small logo Golfer's elbow
small logo Runner's knee
small logo Rehabilitation after or before surgery
small logo Medial Tibial Border Syndrome (MTBS)
small logo Sciatica
small logo Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
small logo Plantar Fasciitis
small logo Tension / Stress
small logo Whiplash
small logo Degenerative Disc Disease
small logo Muscle Spasm
small logo Tendonitis
small logo Fibromyalgia
small logo Diseases and Disorders
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What to expect on your first visit


On you first visit there will be a detailed case history taken to include all medications so if you could have the names and amounts of each medications you are on (if any) this is very helpful, along with any X-rays or MRI scans and any relevant medical investigation results.

Following this you will probably be asked to undress to your underwear (a gown can be provided on request) so that we can look at the spine and limbs and diagnose areas that are problematic. Some people wear gym shorts and loose jogging bottoms which are very helpful, its just very difficult to work through jeans!

Your therapist will tell you...


small logo Why you are in pain
small logo How long your recovery should take
small logo How many treatments you should need
small logo The treatment options and ask you to agree before treatment begins

No treatment is given prior to consent so be reassured if you are worried about any particular aspect of the treatment, we cannot do it without your say so.



FAQ's

A Sports Massage therapist treats a wide range of conditions that include: back, neck, shoulder and knee pain, injuries in muscles, ligaments or tendons, sprains, Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Elbow, Runner's Knee, rehabilitation after or before surgery, Medial Tibial Border Syndrome (MTBS), sciatica, muscle spasm, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, diseases and disorders and many other conditions. Please contact us if you are uncertain if Sports Massage is appropriate for your condition.

Some of the techniques employed by therapists may occasionally cause discomfort during their application, but communication between the patient and Sports massage therapist means that patients should verbally consent before treatment is given. Occasionally after visits patients may experience a treatment reaction (soreness) for a brief period, normally no longer than 24 hours. This is most often not the case. Patients are encouraged to contact their Sports massage therapist if this causes concern.

The purpose of the consultation is to gather the information required to establish a working diagnosis. This is the first definition of the problem, and it allows the formulation of a plan for treatment and advice both in the short and long term. This is also an opportunity to clarify that the patient is indeed suitable for Sports massage treatment by ruling out any medical cause for their condition. A comprehensive case history is taken that not only covers the presenting condition, but the previous medical history in some considerable detail. A thorough physical examination is then conducted for which you may be asked to undress to your underwear to allow a clear view of your posture, to examine mobility, and conduct a range of tests, all of which help to clarify the condition and its underlying causes. You are never required to undress beyond the underwear, and you are asked to to make it clear if undressing makes you uncomfortable for any reason. Being able to view the area concerned does help greatly, but the wish is to never make you feel anxious in any way. You may feel more comfortable bringing shorts to wear during your visits. Once a diagnosis is established then this is clearly explained, together with detail of the treatment plan, the techniques that may be employed, and an initial estimate of how many treatments may be required. You will receive treatment and advice during this visit with the aim of bringing you as much relief as possible.

Following some questioning about the changes to your condition a brief re-examination is made. The allows the progression of treatment to be assessed objectively and ensures that it is adapted accordingly. During these visits both hands-on treatment is provided as well as advice regarding exercises or lifestyle modifications that will assist in your recovery. Any questions you may have can be addressed along the way.

Please see the Pricing page for our current fees.

Generally not. Most patients self refer without first consulting their GP. If you have severe health problems and a complex medical history then you may wish to consult your GP to ensure that Sports Massage treatment is appropriate.

In order to conduct a thorough examination and effective treatment it can be helpful to view the patient in their underwear and/or a pair of shorts or leggings. Whilst laying down you can be covered with a towel or blanket so that you do not feel exposed. Please be assured that we will always endeavour to respect your modesty and adapt to your concerns and needs.

You should always check with your insurance provider if you are covered for treatment. We currently provide care for most insurers with the exception of BUPA due to the price cap they enforce on their policy. However, we are on the list for AXA, WPA, Vitality to name but a few. Once again please check and obtain a reference number for your treatment.

There is a policy that half the fee is charged if the patient fails to attend or give less than 24 hours notice of cancellation. We have booking confirmation and email reminders in place for your appointment to help avoid missed appointment costs.