Pressure Point’s director, Clare Riddell has over 17 years sports massage experience working with a range of clients from recreational to international athletes. Sports massage is not just for the sporting individual; deep tissue massage is beneficial for anyone, no matter what their age and can aid with a range of injuries and chronic problems. Services offered are described below and are priced by time rather than treatment. This allows clients to work within their time and budget constraints and a combination of therapies can be used together to provide a unique treatment. Sports Massage
This treatment will be adapted to suit your individual needs, whether it be pre or post event massage, deep tissue techniques to help prevent injury, or specific work for conditions such as carpal tunnel, sciatica, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, runners knee etc.
Many injuries or aches and pains are caused by poor posture. Postural assessment will identify areas of chronically shortened muscles and weak areas that may cause imbalance. You will experience a range of tests and measurements to give you a good understanding of how to improve your body position by strengthening and stretching exercises. Full Body MOT
If you are interested in how your body functions this is a great way to get some detailed analysis. This session will include range of movement (RoM) on all joints of the body, postural assessment, measurement of leg length discrepancy, blood pressure, heart rate, lung function and body composition tests. This will give you a detailed starting point for any programme you wish to pursue, with advice to develop weaker areas. Gait Analysis
Come to the clinic and run on the treadmill to get your gait and running technique analysed using slow-motion video and freeze frames. You will leave the 1 hour session with a better understanding of your foot placement and how this links with ankle, knee, hip and even shoulder motion (and possibly problems). The session includes foot assessment, functional tests, running for a maximum of 5 minutes (so please bring appropriate clothing and trainers)and rehabilitation exercises to improve technique.......A must for all runners wishing to improve, interested in technique or those that experience pain when running. Acupuncture
Acupuncture has a very successful record with sports injuries. It can be used for sprains, strains, shin splints, plantarfasciitis, tennis elbow, lower back and neck pain to name but a few. As each treatment is unique, clients can opt for a combination of treatments with most preferring an infrared heat lamp, deep tissue massage and finishing with acupuncture once the effected area has been relaxed. A series of treatments are usually needed, though some clients experience immediate reduction in symptoms and only require one. Hopi Ear Candles (Thermal Auricular Therapy)
This 30 minute relaxing treatment aids conditions such as sinusitis, tension headaches, hay fever, excessive ear wax and tinnitus. The ear candle is painlessly inserted into the ear to draw out impurities and relieve pressure in the head and sinuses. The client remains fully clothed in a side-lying position for up to 10 minutes per ear and then receives a 10 minute pressure point facial massage.