Hackett Massage Sport & Remedial Massage 

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Sports & Remedial Massage, Acupuncture - Southampton, Hedge End & Fareham

Sport & Remedial Massage Therapy in Southampton Portsmouth & Surrounding areas  

Sports Massage

What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage is a practical, no-nonsense massage treatment which aims to stretch tight muscles, stimulate inactive muscles and improve soft tissue condition. It enables the body to move more freely, and over time, can help improve posture and flexibility to the muscles. It is not just for sports people, it is a popular treatment for sports men and women as it can enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury, however there are advantages all people can benefit from, including those listed below.

What can be treated with Sports Massage?

-  Chronic pain

-  Postural problems

-  Osteoarthritis pain

-  Muscle pain/tension

-  Aiding recovery after Sports

-  Recovery from injury/operation 

Remedial Massage

Remedial 'massage' includes techniques that have developed from traditional massage and included some from other therapy disciplines. they are used to help release tight muscles and to stimulate repair. These techniques are combined with massage to provide the most effective treatment. They include:

Soft Tissue Release (STR) - A mechanical lock and stretch technique to stretch and 'unstick' congested muscle tissue

Muscle Energy Technique (MET) - stimulation of the nervous system, enabling muscles to be stretched and to encourage inactive muscles.

Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) - using the nervous system to eradicate pain and tension. Trigger points can also be deactivated using this technique

Medical Acupuncture

What is Medical Acupuncture?

Medical acupuncture is a modern treatment approach founded in concepts of neurology, anatomy and physiology. Similar to traditional Chinese acupuncture, medical acupuncture involves the strategic placement of sterile needles into various locations in the body. The major difference between the two forms of acupuncture is that medical acupuncture is that the selection of acupuncture points is based both on the traditional Chinese approach as well as including points that are anatomically and neurologically connected to your specific source of pain. 

Medical  acupuncture has been shown to have beneficial results by inducing muscle relaxation, modulating pain, altering your neuroendocrine responses and changing you autonomic activity (‘fight or flight’ response) resulting in an overall relaxation and a feeling of well-being.

Medical acupuncture is commonly used by medical doctors, chiropractors and physiotherapists and remedial therapists in the treatment of chronic pain, or as an adjunct to their regular treatment regime.

What can be treated with Medical Acupuncture?

Recent research has found acupuncture to have positive results in the treatment of chronic low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, and management of chronic pain conditions. 

Other musculoskeletal conditions commonly treated with medical acupuncture include:

  • tendinosis, 
  • rotator cuff injuries, 
  • muscle strains, 
  • joint sprains, 
  • headaches and 
  • repetitive strain injuries. 

As previously mentioned, medical acupuncture helps to restore your body’s natural nerve and muscle tone, increases blood flow and provides pain relief for chronic conditions.

In general, further improvement follows within a few days; however, the effects of this technique can be immediate. Repeated treatments are necessary to see full pain relief in most cases.

Sports Therapy Association