Physical disability often puts extra strain on the parts of the body that are more mobile and this overloading is wearing. Compounded by the overuse of moveable limbs and compensating muscles, injury and pain become a regular occurrence. As for able bodied sportsmen and women, repeated exercise can create further musculoskeletal damage.

Sports Massage can be beneficial in helping to reduce potential injury and also as part of the rehabilitation of soft tissue damage following injury, accident or surgery. Strengthening, stretching and general flexibility development as well as relaxation of tight muscles can help you to maximise your mobility.

When there is complete loss of movement, the muscles are not used and therefore start to waste. Coupled with this the lack of blood supply, fresh oxygen and nutrients to the area, can lead to achiness, coldness and general discomfort. Massage can greatly ease this discomfort and help to improve circulation, not only of blood but also lymphatic fluids helping to reduce any swelling in the extremities.
Some conditions involve a degeneration of the nervous system or can cause extreme muscle spasms, and the severity of symptoms may change from week to week. In these cases massage therapy can be adapted to suit the individual needs at any time. Generally stimulating techniques can be used to fire up the nervous system and calming strokes followed by passive stretching for spasms can often help.
But whatever your goals, be it simply an improvement of the quality of your life and reduction in aches and pains, In Touch can provide support where appropriate alongside your medical team.

We work closely with athletes attending Associations such as SportsAble (formerly WAMDSAD - Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead and District Sports Association for the Disabled), and have helped many people with physical disabilities resulting from a range of conditions or accidental damage such as Cerebral Palsy, Polio, Multiple Sclerosis, Head Injury, Paralysis and Amputees.
March, 2015
Marathon and half marathon training schedules are well under way now - Roxanne is going to be running (or some may say 'shuffling') around Silverstone Half Marathon later this month. Remember if you've upped your training recently it'll serve you well to plan in an occasional Sports Massage to your routine to avoid injuries.

  Coming soon.
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