Massage West London

Sports and remedial massage is an important part of patient care
at West London Physiotherapy

Reducing tension, improving flexibility.

For over a decade we have been helping patients overcome a range of conditions; from short term muscle spasm or tightness, through to longer term postural or movement issues.

Muscle soreness or tightness is common and be caused by a range of things including stress, posture, sport or exercise, or after surgery. When muscles becomes overactive they can cause pain, fatigue, headaches, and restricted movement.

One of the most effective ways to relieve muscle tightness is to use sports or remedial massage. Massage works both physically and mentally in helping relax tight or overactive muscles. At West London Physiotherapy we use a variety of massage techniques to ensure we strike the right balance between therapeutic effect and patient comfort.

Massage assists in:

  • Releasing tense muscles
  • Lengthening short muscles
  • Relieving pain
  • Improving circulation
  • Reducing stress
  • Improving blood flow, and
  • Providing a sense of well-being

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Some specific conditions that massage can help include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Nerve pain
  • Postoperative care
  • Scar tissue
  • Soft tissue strains and injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders

Physical benefits of massage therapy include:

  • Improved circulation
  • Decreased muscle stiffness
  • Decreased joint inflammation
  • Better quality of sleep
  • Quicker recovery between workouts
  • Improved flexibility
  • Less pain and soreness

FAQs

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a form of manual therapy that involves the mobilisation of soft tissues in the body, including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, fascia and ligaments. There are different types of massage therapy as detailed below.

What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

Myofascial Release Therapy is a type of physical therapy aimed at relieving pain and tension in the myofascial tissues. These tissues are the tough membranes that wrap, connect, and support your muscles. Over time, trauma, inflammatory responses, or surgical procedures can create myofascial restrictions that produce pain and discomfort.

Therapists apply gentle, sustained pressure to the myofascial tissues to release tightness and improve flexibility. The pressure is held for several minutes to allow the fascia to release.

What is Trigger Point Therapy?

Trigger Point Therapy is a type of massage therapy that targets specific areas of tight muscle fibres, known as trigger points, that can form in muscles after injuries, overuse, or chronic stress. These trigger points, often referred to as “knots,” can cause pain both at the site and in other parts of the body (referred pain).

Applying sustained pressure to the trigger point to release the muscle tension and alleviate pain.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage targets the deeper muscles along with connective tissue. Using slower strokes and deeper pressure, it helps to reduce chronic muscle tension, alleviate pain, and improve the mobility of scar tissue.

What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage is designed for athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend walkers. It focuses on areas of the body that are overused, sore from training, or strained from repetitive or demanding movements. It helps prevent injuries, improve flexibility, and enhance athletic performance.

What is Pregnancy Massage?

Pregnancy massage, also known as prenatal massage, is tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women. It helps to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints, and promote overall well-being during pregnancy.

What is Swedish massage?

Swedish massage uses long, flowing strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, and tapping. It aims to relax the entire body, improve circulation and flexibility, and reduce muscle soreness.

What are the benefits of massage?

Massage therapy offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Improved circulation
  • Stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • Reduction of stress hormones
  • Enhanced relaxation
  • Increased joint mobility and flexibility
  • Assists in recovery of soft tissue injuries
  • Heightened mental alertness
  • Reduced anxiety and depression

Can massage help with injury or pain?

Yes, massage can be very effective in helping with injury or pain. It can alleviate pain by reducing muscle tension, improve circulation, reducing swelling and inflammation, and providing relief through the release of endorphins (our bodies natural pain relievers).

Can I have a massage if I don’t have any pain?

Absolutely! Massage is not just for those in pain. Regular massage can:

  • Help maintain physical health
  • Prevent the buildup of muscular tension
  • Promote relaxation and reduce stress
  • Enhance your overall sense of well-being
  • Improve sleep quality

Can massage help with improving recovery or sports performance?

Yes, massage can significantly improve recovery and sports performance by:

  • Reducing muscle soreness and fatigue
  • Enhancing flexibility and range of motion
  • Improving circulation and oxygen flow to muscles
  • Speeding up the removal of metabolic waste
  • Helping prevent injuries through early detection of potential issues

Is massage safe?

Massage is generally very safe when performed by a trained and licensed therapist. However, there are certain conditions where massage may not be advisable. E.g in the presence of active infection.

Who would benefit from a massage, and is there anyone who shouldn’t get a massage?

Beneficiaries of massage include:

  • Individuals with chronic pain or muscle tension.
  • Deskbound workers with persistent tightness through their neck or back.
  • Active people looking to enhance performance and recovery.
  • Pregnant women seeking relief from pregnancy-related discomfort.
  • People experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression.
  • Anyone looking to improve their overall well-being.

Those who should avoid massage include:

  • Individuals with infectious skin conditions, rashes, or open wounds
  • People with deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Individuals with certain heart conditions or high blood pressure (without medical clearance)
  • If you are unsure if massage is right for you just give us a call.

Chris Bestwick

Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Alessandro Poletto

Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Liam McCloskey

Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

David Wynne

Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Locations

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Kensington SW7

West London Physio is just a short 5 min walk from Gloucester Rd underground (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines) or a 10 min walk from High St Kensington underground (Circle and District lines).

Driving? There is resident parking available for Kensington and Chelsea residents, with meter parking on Queens Gate and Palace Gate, and limited meter parking on Gore St.