Massage therapy is a form of physical therapy involving manipulation of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
Massage therapy includes deep tissue massage, sports massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release.
What we treat:
Back pain – Neck pain – Muscle, tendon and ligament sprains / tears – Hip pain – Knee pain – Foot and ankle pain – Shoulder pain – Tennis elbow – Golfers elbow – Carpel tunnel – Sports injuries – Running injuries – Cycling injuries – Disc prolapse – Trapped nerves – Sciatica – Arthritis – Head aches – Pre/post natal care – Pre/post surgical rehabilitation – Repetitive strain injuries.
Meet the team:
Stephanie Boyd BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. Diploma Massage therapy.
Stephanie specialises in sports massage, deep tissue and remedial massage, holistic massage, abdominal massage and pregnancy massage. As a chartered physiotherapist Stephanie also offers hands-on manual therapy for musculoskeletal injury together with strengthening and flexibility rehabilitation exercises and postural education.
Govening bodies: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and The Health Professions Council.
Conor O’Sullivan BSc (Hons) Physiotherpay (Leicester University). Diploma Massage therapy. Level 3 Personal trainer. APPI Qualified mat work Clinical Pilates instructor.
Conor specialises in sports massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release. As a chartered physiotherapist, qualified personal trainer and Clinical Pilates instructor Conor also offers hands-on manual therapy for musculoskeletal injury together with strengthening and flexibility rehabilitation exercises and postural education. strengthening, conditioning and flexibility rehabilitation exercises.
Experience: Physiotherapist and massage therapist with Leicester football club before joining Ludgate Clinic.
Govening bodies: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Professions Council.
Chris Belderbos BSc (Hons) Osteopathy BSc (Hons) Osteopathy
Chris specialises in sports massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release. As a registered osteopath Chris also offers a hands-on manual therapy approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal injury.
Experience: Chris graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1999 and worked within the National Health Service and in private practice at Lloyd’s of London before establishing the Ludgate Clinic in 2003.
Governing body: Osteopaths undergo a full time 4 year degree course and are registered with The General Osteopathic Council.
Initial consultation: £60 (45mins)
Follow up appointment: £52 (45mins)
Physiotherapy and Osteopathy are covered by all health insurance providers including BUPA, AXAPPP, Cigna and Simply Health. Most health insurance providers require a GP referral prior to receiving treatment.
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How does massage therapy work
Regeneration of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia through massage therapy occurs via three mechanisms:
1) Encouraging the blood flow within the muscle, flushing out lactic acid and increasing the levels of oxygen:
Lactic acid is a toxin produced when the muscles break down glucose in the absence of an oxygenated blood supply. A build up of lactic acid causes fatigue and potential damage/ fibrosis in the muscle.
2) Breaking apart the straight collagen fibers in fibrosis, allowing the release of stem cells:
Fibrosis is an excessive accumulation of collagen fibers, allowing for a quick soft tissue repair response after injury or ischemia. In fibrosis the collagen fibers are the same as those in normal soft tissue however their orientation differs. In normal tissue the fibers form an irregular matrix of fibers however in fibrosis the collagen fibers cross-link and form an alignment in a single direction. This difference in alignment affects the function of fibrosis making it less flexible and more prone to further injury than normal tissue.
3) Stretching the muscle, allowing for a resetting of its resting tone:
Skeletal muscle contraction is controlled by the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) with signals being relayed to the muscles through neuropathways called Motor Neurones.
Skeletal muscle contraction can be divided into two types: Resting tone which is a necessary passive, low-level muscle contraction vital to maintaining postural balance and stability and co-contraction which by contrast is an active increased level of muscle contraction necessary for a greater degree of strength in order to carry out a particular movement or function.
Most commonly an increase in resting tone is due to poor posture and overuse such as sitting in front of the desk for too long, lifting heavy weights or running long distances. This constant state of increased low-level muscle contraction restricts blood flow, reducing the oxygen supply to the muscle and increasing the level of lactic acid (a by-product of anaerobic respiration where energy is released in the absence of oxygen). This restriction in blood flow to the tissues is known as ischemia.
An increase in resting tone (hypertonia) can also occur when the peripheral nerves or spinal nerve roots are trapped, compressed or irritated for example intervertebral disc prolapse, Carpel tunnel’s syndrome, Thoracic outlet syndrome or Anterior Compartment syndrome. In more severe cases an increase in resting tone (hypertonia) can also occur when there is damage, compression or irritation of the central nervous system or Motor Neurons for example Parkinson’s disease, Motor Neuron’s disease, stroke or tumour.
Frequently asked questions:
Is the treatment right for me?
Please call us and arrange to speak to a massage therapist, physiotherapist or osteopath if you are unsure about the nature of your injury or what treatment would be right for you. If treatment is not deemed appropriate there will be no charge made for your appointment.
What does the treatment involve?
Massage therapy regenerates muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia by physically encouraging blood supply, breaking down ‘knots’ of fibrosis and by resetting the muscle to accept a more supply state. It is very common to feel some bruising for a couple of days after a treatment, similar to a gym training session or long run.
What should I wear?
As the treatment involves massage and stretching techniques you may need to remove some outer layers of clothing such as shirt, jumper or trousers. If you are suffering from low back pain or leg pain you may wish to bring shorts or loose trousers to change into. Women suffering from back and upper limb pain may wish to wear a vest top.
How is my medical data stored?
Your initial consultation involves the physiotherapist or osteopath taking a full medical history, treatment notes are then also taken at subsequent visits. Medical histories are kept on our secure practice software in accordance with data protection and the code of practice set out by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and General Osteopathic Council. Medical notes are not disclosed to any third party such as General Practitioners or health insurance providers without written permission from the patient.
Do I need to see my GP first?
Physiotherapists and Osteopaths are trained as primary healthcare practitioners and patients can seek treatment without referral. If necessary you will be advised to see your GP or you may be referred for further investigations such x-ray or MRI. Please note most Health Insurance companies ask that you contact your GP before seeking treatment.