Sports Massage Massage is excellent for everyone.

Its not just top Crossfit London  athletes who suffer from muscular aches, pains and stiffness.

To be highly scientific, so I hope I don't loose you here, imagine your muscle is a dirty sponge ( a blue one) and you are trying to clean it by holding it under a running tap.

Sure it will get sort of clean, but a good old squeeze will really help.

That's massage, that is

For this reason massage is used for injury treatment to allows good blood flow to encourage healing and gets ride of nasty stuff.

Massage can also be used to break down scar tissue possibly increasing flexibility ( more likely restoring it to its original level) and reducing stiffness, if you carry out the specific stretches and exercises we will give you at the end of your session. If you come for a massage and don't change your life style, the chances are that you will re-injure yourself, so we try and find out what it is you are doing wrong.

We have a whole armoury of techniques, some relaxed and gentle which coax nervous painful muscles back into action. Other hurt: a lot. (You can sort of choose). But we get you to deal with the pain by visualisation techniques: "simply imagine someone you dont like having this treatment instead of you..." works every time.

Andrew and Kate, your resident massage therapists have  (too) much experience, both on and off the couch. They have trained with  some the worlds leading massage authorities such as Leon Chaitow  Mel Cash, They  have dissected cadavars, and studied with leading anatomists. But unlike  most therapists their outputs are real world.  As key members of Crossfit london, they want to make sure you can be a functional human being: we want you to improve your deadlift, pull ups and snatches.

 If you are prepared to follow our advise, we can help you fix yourself

Drop Andrew an email on Andrew@crossfitlondonuk.com 

You should not have a massage in the following circumstances otherwise known as  CONTRAINDICATIONS



Acute inflammation:
Can occur in muscles, tendons, ligaments bursae, the synovial capsule, intervertebral discs, periosteum etc. It indicated by redness, heat, swelling in the localised area, pain or dysfunction. When the trauma is superficial, it is usually easy to identify the symptoms. In deeper tissues, the symptoms may not be obvious to the eye - but can only be felt. In the latter case, if areas deep in the tissue feel soft and undefined, this may indicate acute inflammation and therefore further massage is contraindicated. The subject may feel a sharp, intolerable pain and try to move away. If the deep tissue feels harder, this may indicate a non-acute or chronic condition, which may benefit from deep friction massage (despite causing pain, it can be a tolerable pain as no damage is caused when the the fibrous adhesions are separated.)
The subject may mention their discomfort in a particular area. One may test an area of inflammation by applying constant pressure for 10 seconds. If pain increases rather than decreases in the duration, then further massage is contraindicated.

Open wounds:
Any break in the skin, including scratches, should not be massaged. A matter of common sense as the pain caused would be intolerable and the mess created considerable.

Bone fractures:
Recognisable by swelling, bruising and tenderness in the area. There will also be deformity and abnormal movement, and an inability to bear weight. Be especially cautious with fingers and toes as the symptoms may be less obvious.

Joint dislocations:
Recognised by severe pain, dysfunction and deformity. It is vital that a joint is correctly realigned before massage treatment is allowed. As with bone fractures, dislocations in the early stages is contraindicated as it would cause more damage, and pain would be so acute the patient would not tolerate it.

Myositis Ossificans
Can occur in individuals who have had an extended recovery from a broken bone or trauma. It is when small pieces of bone grow in the soft tissues (they appear on x-ray). Massage is contraindicated as the bone pieces, by being rubbed, can damage the surrounding soft tissue.

Deep vein thrombosis:  DVT is a blood clot which usually occurs in the calf muscles, though it may occur in other places. It occurs in the elderly, those who have been immobile for long periods, those who have had surgery recently, diabetics, heart disease patients, someone who has received impact trauma or women taking the contraceptive pill. The area must not be massaged as this may cause the clot to dislodge and travel to the heart, causing pulmonary embolism . DVT symptoms may include pain in the calf without obvious cause. The skin may be red, shiny, painful and exquisitely tender. The subject may also feel generally unwell.

Varicose veins: This is caused when a valve breaks down, and the vein bulges under the pressure of blood. The vein becomes visible under the skin as blue. Massage may include the area around the varicose vein, but not over the vein itself. In mild cases, light strokes over the area are permitted, and may even be beneficial to improving blood flow. In advanced cases, there is the risk of DVT also, so no massage is allowed at all.

Infectious bacterial skin diseases:
Eg boils. A superficial, pus-filled abcess. Massage can burst them, leaving skin vulnerable to  further infection. Massage can also cause folliculiti if insufficient lotion is used on hairy areas (eg men’s legs)

Lymphangitis
Recognisable by a dark line running up the limb towards the lymph nodes. Massage could further spread the infection

Fungal infections:
Eg  athletes foot. The area may appear red with a flaky skin. Although massage may not aggravate the conditions, it may cause the patient irritation and could infect the masseur’s hands, who could pass it on to another client.

Colds and fever:
As with fungal infections, although massage may not aggravate colds and fever, it may cause the patient irritation and could infect the masseur who could pass it on to another client.

Melanoma:
First appears as a large freckle, which may then change shape and size and may tingle, bleed or itch. The patient may not be aware of the melanoma. If in doubt, refer the client to a doctor.

Cancer
Massage can help spread the development of cancer throughout the body, so is contraindicated.

Bleeding disorders eg: haemophilia:
Deep friction massage can traumatise and create bleeding in the tissues - a problem for a person who has difficulty in controlling bleeding. A doctor’s advice should be sought, as milder cases may be able to have a gentler more superficial treatment.

Diabetes:
Diabetics can have brittle tissues and reduced nerve sensitivity especially in the extremities, due to compromised circulation. Deep tissue techniques can cause damage without the client realising it. Massage can have the same effect on the subject’s blood sugar level as exercise. It is advisable the client knows this, and can adjust their medication/diet accordingly.

Pregnancy:
Mainly contraindicated because of litigation. With the exception of the abdominal area, massage may resume after the first trimester.

Hypertension - check with doctor first

Caudia equina
If client complains of pain in lower back and both legs, numbness in buttocks and change to bowel/bladder movements, they should be referrred to hospital immediately

Constant and unremitting pain with no position of ease. Disturbed sleep and or night sweats - refer the client to their GP.