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Sports Massage Therapy

Sutton Sports Injury and Physio Clinic is delighted to offer sports massage therapy as part of our multi-disciplinary approach to the management of sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.

The prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can be part of the process that aids recovery and enables return to your chosen activity. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.

This treatment is not just for sports people. Anyone can benefit from sports massage, people in physically demanding jobs and those who suffer from occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries.

Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. The skilled therapist brings together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment, to work effectively with the client to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.

Kieran O’Connor and Hope Anderson are our resident sports massage therapists and are available in clinic Monday to Thursday evenings and Saturday 9am-3 pm (by appointment at other times).

If you wish to book an appointment or find out more please call the clinic on 020 8254 2150/020 8644 6566 or email

Please note that sports massage therapy is not typically covered under Private Medical Insurance policies. Please consult your individual insurer for more details. We are happy to provide receipts if you wish to claim independently but we do not bill this service directly to insurers.


There are three areas where sports massage is used commonly use to benefit individuals.

Maintenance Massage:

A regular massage treatment programme based on the therapist’s understanding of anatomy and of the muscles used in a given sport and which are likely candidates for trouble. By concentrating on particular muscle groups the therapist can help the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility.

Event Massage:

Pre-event and post-event massage therapies are tailored for distinct purposes.

Pre-event treatment is used as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. It is tailored to the needs of the athlete and his/her event and can be relaxing or stimulating as appropriate.

Post-event massage, on the other hand, is geared towards reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with rigorous exercise. Various sports massage techniques can enhance the body’s own recovery process improving the athlete’s ability to return to training and competition, and reducing the risk of injury.


Even with good preventative rehabilitation, muscles can cramp, strain, bruise, and ache after physical activity. Sports massage can aid healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process.

Soft tissue techniques employed by sports massage therapists can be effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries.

Trigger point techniques help to reduce the spasm and pain that occur both in the injured and “compensation” muscles.

Cross-fibre friction techniques can help with healing by improved formation of strong and flexible repair tissue, which is vital in maintaining full pain-free range of motion during rehabilitation.

In all cases, such massage techniques are employed in collaboration with other appropriate medical/physiotherapy care.