Sports Massage at Bridge Health & Wellbeing
At our private sports massage clinic in Christchurch, Dorset, we have everything you need to recover from injury, reduce tension and relieve pain.
Ella Proven and Samantha Meehan-Vandike, our experienced Sports Massage Therapists, have many years of experience working in chiropractic clinics, hospitals and private massage therapy clinics. After a thorough assessment, our therapists will tailor treatments to meet your individual needs and goals. Our goal is you to walk away from your session with greater knowledge of your body, enabling you to continue your rehabilitation and change everyday habits.
If you’ve just picked up an injury, or if you’re struggling with long-term pain, illness or disability, our sports massage clinic in Christchurch, Dorset is here to help.
Are you struggling with a spinal problem?
Using a range of advanced techniques, we regularly treat a wide range of spinal conditions including:
- Lower back pain
- Sciatic pain
- Postural dysfunction
Do you need help with an injury?
We help patients to recover from many upper and lower limb conditions including:
- Sports injuries
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s Elbow
What are the benefits of Sports Massage Therapy?
Sports massage is a form of manual therapy that is excellent for both athletes and non-athletes alike to relieve pain, soreness, and tension in the body. Treatments have a therapeutic effect and optimise health and wellbeing by acting on the muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems. Sports massage is effective in treating many conditions; both chronic and acute.
Massage therapy is commonly used in all stages of injury recovery to improve range of motion, reduce adhesions, relieve pain, and reduce muscle spasms. Injury prevention is also a large part of massage therapy. Regular maintenance treatments are important for maintaining the balance of muscles and reducing regular tension build up to prevent future pain or injury.
What to expect from your treatment
Your initial sports massage therapy treatment at our health clinic in Christchurch, Dorset will be a one-hour long session with one of our highly trained sports massage therapists. First, we will discuss your injury and health history to ensure there are no contraindications or modifications needed to your treatment. Then we will discuss your treatment goals to design a personalised treatment plan for you.
A physical assessment of your range of motion, posture and quality of movement will be conducted to ascertain the focus of the treatment. Then the massage therapist will provide a manual therapy treatment using techniques such as Swedish massage, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques and trigger point work.
Although deep tissue treatments may be slightly painful, the relief will be noticeable immediately afterwards. Next day soreness is common but will diminish and disappear within a couple of days.
After your first appointment, we will advise you to book a follow-up appointment (each lasts up to 30 minutes), to review your symptoms, track your progress and ensure a full and successful recovery.
Tips and Tools
Why not check out our sports massage therapist Ella’s latest blog where she shares her tips for managing persistent pain:
“Ella the sports massage therapist has got me running again after almost 3 years out with injury. I ran 9 miles today. That’s the furthest and fastest I have run for over 2 years. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!!!”
– John Haines
No. You don’t need to be referred to us in order to make an appointment. While it’s always helpful to have accompanying notes or a diagnosis from a GP or consultant, we don’t need to have them before we see you or start your treatment. You can simply walk in, book an appointment with our clinicians, and they will assess, diagnose and treat you.
If you need to ask change or cancel an appointment, we ask that you contact us at least 24 hours beforehand (cancellations within 24 hours are charged at 50% of the appointment fee).
Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes when you come for your appointment. If you’re having a lower limb assessment, shorts or leggings are best. If it’s for an upper limb problem, please make sure you’re wearing a vest, vest-top or similar.
If you feel that you would prefer to have a chaperone with you during your assessment then please bring a suitable person.