Cardiff sports injury clinic
Sports injury treatments in Cardiff
We offer tailor made sports injury massage treatments for many and various injuries and conditions.
Our specialized sports injury treatments are suitable for people of all ages and physical conditions.
Aromatherapy essential oils may be blended to ease the effects of the inflammation associated with your particular type of injury, pain or discomfort. This may originate from a sports type injury, an accident at work or a repetitive strain injury (RSI) due to poor posture or monotonous work duties. Trapped nerve pain may be addressed with various trigger point therapy treatments and myofascial sports injury manipulations may best suit to alleviate your muscle tension, smooth out knotted muscles, damaged primarily fascia and tendons. A primary cause of muscle pain is damage to the soft (myofascial) tissue, which can be a source of chronic neck pain, shoulder pain and various acute or chrionic aches and pains.
Sports injury therapy treatments are suitable for stretching tense injured muscles, primarily fascia and tendons. Constant ('dull') back pain may also be treated with hot stones therapy. This may drastically improve your lack of mobility, reduced range of motion, shooting pains and 'pins and needles' numbness.
CNHC Registered and fully recognised by most insurance companies
The CNHC is a government sponsored registration body for complementary healthcare practitioners.
The Department of Health advises all GPs to direct patients seeking Massage Therapy to seek out only CNHC (the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council) registered therapists.
Sports massage, Remedial massage, Swedish massage, Shiatsu massage, Hot Stones massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy massage are all accepted by Health Shield
Sports massage, aromatherapy massage and Acupressure are accepted by Westfield Health
Please see their TCs.
Guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2009 recommends that patients with persistent, non-specific back pain have access to a choice of different treatments, including sports massage. The NICE guidelines state that "The effect of massage in patients with chronic back pain lasted at least a year after the end of treatment". It went on in s1.4.1 to advise GPs to "consider offering a course of manual therapy, including sports massage, comprising up to a maximum of nine sessions over a period of up to 12 weeks".
Shorter versions of the sports injury massage therapy may be performed without oil, over your (light cotton) clothing. This will mainly involve Shiatsu and sports massage trigger pointing. When performed in this way, this sports injury treatment routine may be quite deep and invigorating, when needed.
For longer sessions of the sports injury massage therapy treatment, special hot stones therapy massage uses a highly specialised blend of Aromatherapy essential oils that will be tailor made to suit your personal needs (mainly anti-inflammatory oils). The use of the hot volcanic basalt stones deeply relaxes your soft muscle tissue and allows the painless and smooth release of any trapped nerves with minimal side effects. For long term use, aromatherapy products with specially selected aromatherapy essential oils, may best suit sports injury massage treatment clients.
Sports injury and accidents at the workplace sports massage is recommended at any time of the year, as needed - for neck pain, shoulder pain, lumbago, lumber, lower back pain, sciatica and many other conditions.
Sports injury massage therapy client testimonials:
"World Class - Olympic standard.. I've visited City Marshall several times. Having ran in two Olympic Games and having a silver medal in one I'd say I've got some very credible knowledge and experience in world class massage therapy. I've had some of the best therapists in the world treat me in the past and I must say that Philip at City Marshall is one of the best therapists I've ever had. You get what you pay for and that's Olympic standard.... The best! I look forward to visiting again soon!"
Jamie Baulch, Welsh Olympic silver medalist 9 July 2015 - TripAdvisor
"Sciatic pain discomfort - myofascial release. I have enjoyed my visitt to Marshall massage therapy clinic in Cardiff. He appears to have 20 years of great experience in sports injures, and pin-pointed my needs and addresed them within 10 minutes of seeing me. We focussed on myofascial release of my trapped sciatic nerve. It is now two monthes later - and there is still totally no pain! We had two times a full hour session, and both times, I was given an extra 15 minutes or so of free time when we further dicussed diet, nutrition, ways of streching and general well-being. Marshall is an exceptional talent and you should seek him out on your visit to Cardiff."
Lyndhurst S London, 15 June 2015
"Trigger point therapy. Phillip has really helped me with the upper back tension I have been dealing with since an L4-L5 microdiscectomy in May 2013.
I had suffered with severe sciatica for over 2 years and this has resulted with a whole mess of problems in my upper back since. I am a 26 year old male and I have had 5 x 1 hour sessions with him, mainly concentrating on trigger point therapy. It has been brilliant and I am feeling that I am in less pain and more comfort. Very welcoming and friendly relaxing atmosphere. He is an extremely knowledgeable practitioner and has helped on advising me with diet and posture also and is more than happy to answer any questions I have no matter how small (even by the odd text to ask about certain food/vitamins etc). The price is justified for the quality of the therapy and for me has been worth it. Phillip is a genuine therapist who really listens and cares and he by far outstands from any therapy I have had in the past. "
Mark R, Cardiff 7 January 2015- on TripAdvisor
"BRILLIANT DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE. I Moved to Cardiff in September, and having had a back problem for seven years, I needed to find a good massage. Where i lived before I have seen a physiotherapist and also a chiropractor which helped short term and I had been having hot stone massage every month to ease the discomfort I felt on a daily basis. The first hot stone massage I had in the area I live now was not very good, and I felt no benefit from it at all, so I decided to check trip advisor and found Philip, and I am so glad I did. I felt a slight improvement after the first visit so knew that I would go back. I now have had five treatments and believe me they are sometimes so uncomfortably painful, but what a difference they have made to my back and my life! Philip tells you exactly what he is doing, he is also so knowledgeable regarding looking after your health. I look on the treatments as an investment in my health and will keep going until I know my back is OK. I would highly recommend Philip as he knows exactly how to treat your particular problem."
ColletteL, Cardiff 30 December 2014 - on TripAdvisor
"I attended for a course of sports massage treatments for a long term injury. Philip is extremely knowledgeable and gives plenty of helpful advice. The treatments he carried out for me were exemplary, both massage and stretches. I have attended a few different sports therapists in the past and can confidently recommend that City Marshall is the best."
Dr. John Taylor, Cardiff 24 April 2014 - on FreeIndex
"Went with an ongoing back issue. Had the best massage therapy I've ever experienced and problem solved. Will definitely go again and recommend to anyone. Maybe a little more expensive than some retail masseurs but you get what you pay for. And for a comparative service and result it's very reasonable."
Karl Roberts, Maesteg 17 March 2014- on FreeIndex
"Currently being treated for a lower calf injury, possible running injury, and after 3 sessions can feel a real positive difference in the area. Phillip is very informative, friendly and knowledgeable and has highlighted and treated other areas of concern that have aided my recovery. Highly recommended."
Gareth Evans Newport 25 November 2013- on FreeIndex
"I cannot recommend Philip enough. I have suffered for 7 years with horrendous shoulder, back and neck pain, causing restricted movement and also lack of circulation into my fingers (always went white when cold) - after 2 sessions I have had no more white finger (and it has been freezing) and considerably reduced pain. I know I will need a few sessions due to being this way for so long, but Phillip is AMAZING and I now feel there is a light at last at the end of my tunnel. I cannot recommend City Marshall enough, I was near breaking point, he really does have healing hands....I can't thank you enough.....thank you for making me smile again :-)
Julia Allen Cardiff 21 November 2013 - TripAdvisor
"Superb and attentive massage / reflexology. What can I say that isn't superlative. Phillip knows his stuff and knows how to explain what he's about and why. I had taken a serious fall with incredibly painful ribs and related muscles. The massage and oils worked a treat in returning mobility and reducing the bruising. His reflexology also identified a posture problem (without any promoting I must add) that I have had on/off for years. Looking forward to returning to Phillip to work on this too."
Susan B Cardiff 6 September 2013 - on TripAdvisor
"Outstanding massage. I'm a fitness instructor and thought that I'd just have to 'live with' my constant aches, pains, strains and pulled muscles. After one visit to City Marshall for a sports massage, my back was SO much better. Since then I return as often as I can. Phillip uses a pressure pointing technique that relieved my knots and tension, my movement was instantly better and I could stand up straight! The essential oils are tailored to your personal requirements and smell divine. Phillip really knows his stuff, he describes what he's doing and how he is trying to relieve pain and strains. He also gives outstanding advice on posture and how to avoid injury and pain in the future. Would recommend to anyone who suffers with back, neck or shoulder problems, anyone who is involved in fitness to relieve muscle strain... also anyone who just wants a nice relaxing massage after a long week!
Lisa V Cardiff 3 September 2013 - on TripAdvisor
"Whether you are suffering from pain, want to keep everything in check or simply want to fully relax, I can highly recommend City Marshall. I first attended when suffering from pains in my leg when running. Philip cured me via sports massage but also used acupressure when needed. "
David Lewis Cardiff 24 March 2013
"sports massage with trigger point therapy for lower back pain - Had the specialised back pain massage at city marshall in central Cardiff. The combination of sports trigger point therapy and Philip's deep insight into acupressure was very effective. The muscle tension, even after the first massage, was much reduced. After the third massage treatment we added more elements of yoga stretches and worked on my ROM mobility. Extremely professional and also deeply reassuring. Philip certainly cares and adds aromatherapy blends as well as some elements of reflexology to the over all effect. My back pain is now much reduced and I am much calmer at work. Highly recommend this blend of therapy to anyone with lower back pain or lumbago".
James Baker Cardiff 29 January 2013
My experience with City Marshall was phenomenal. When I first started out I had upper and mid-section back pain. After only a few sessions I started seeing positive changes. In addition to the Shiatsu massage I went for, there was a good mix of Thai and yoga stretches during each session which made a world of difference. Overall I had a great experience here and will continue with them!
Shiv Mand Cardiff University 17 January 2013
"I suffer from constant daily back and hip pain due to osteoarthritis.
And I didnt realise just after the treatment that I was no longer in pain.... This wonderful reprieve lasted approximately 3 weeks. I am so impressed that I have recommended him to family/ friends / work colleagues, and have asked family to not buy presents for Christmas for me, but to able me to attend this exceptional method of pain relief without popping pills."
Teresa Lloyd-Cox Cardiff 9 November 2012
Philip is an outstanding therapist who employs a range of methods along with massage to heal and treat aches and pains. I went to him with a pain in my upper back that I had had constantly for two months. Using hot stones, massage and reflexology he has managed to remove my pain in two to three treatments. I recommend him to you very highly.
Gabrielle Cardiff 25 July 2012
"After years of worsening back tension, a few visits to City Marshall have worked wonders. The stress in my neck, back and shoulders was extreme. Spa therapists had said I was one of the worst cases they had seen! Not only is Philip releasing the tension in my back and shoulder muscles, he also applies an holistic approach to treatment, drawing on his expertise across multiple disciplines. Philip has advised on back support at work; alleviated fluid retention; blended a warming massage oil and suggested targeted exercises to help. His treatments are therapeutic indeed. Philip is calm and considerate and ensures a comfortable environment. I would have no hesitation recommending him to others, I can not praise him highly enough."
Helen Stenton Caerphilly 18 April 2012
"I'm a professional dancer on tour here in Cardiff. I had been suffering with a trapped nerve for 2 months and had treatment by 2 physio's in London. Didn't help me at all. However after one hour treatment with Philip it's completely gone... Really wonderful!"
Jonny Bowles London 31 August 2011
Some techniques that may be used in sports injury and workplace accidents massage therapy are:
- Soft tissue release, myofascial release & gentle kneading
- Active and passive release technique
- Deep tissue manipulation, cross fibre and friction - when needed
Myofascial tissue release, both soft and deep tissue trigger pointing
Sports injury therapy benefits may include:
- Mental and physical relaxation
- A true sense of restored well-being & balance
- A positive boost of energy and release of stress / tension
- Maximising the supply of nutrients by increased circulation
- Regulates blood pressure and may help in reducing cholesterol levels
Who can benefit from sports injury and workplace accident massage?
- Any body of any age regardless of physical condition or fitness
- Stress, tension, anxiety, headaches, migraine and insomnia
- Muscular spasms including stomach or lower body cramps
- Muscular aches and pains: sciatica, shoulder, neck, knee & back pain etc.
- Recovery from injury and from a training session
- Rheumatism, Arthritis & digestive disorders
- Repetitive Strain Injury & Carpal Tunnel
- Tennis / Golfer’s elbow & Tendinitis
Occupational & postural aches
- Hot & cold Stones Therapy – a wonderfully relaxing touch with significant recovery speed
- Essential oils – an Aromatherapy blend to suit your needs – anti inflammatory and anti spasmodic
Aromatherapy products – tailor made soaps, shampoos, creams, gels, facial sprays, after shaves and deodorants – carry the feeling home with you in a jar!
- Reiki chakra Balancing – 10 to 30 minutes achieving an even deeper sense of harmony
Prices are for reference only, as the sports injury massage therapy will be tailor made:
- VIP sports injury sports massage with hot stones (90 minutes) £ 120
- Premium sports injury sports massage (60 minutes) £ 80
- Shorter sports injury sports massage (45 minutes) £ 70
each additional sports injury UPGRADE* £ 10
KINDLY NOTE – BEST PREPARATION FOR A SPORTS INJURY MASSAGE:
- CLOTHING: you may remain wearing your own underwear or receive a disposable one
- MEALS: avoid eating a heavy meal within 2 hours of the planned sports injury massage treatment
- DIET: you are respectfully advised to avoid consumption of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine on the day of your sports injury therapy treatment, to allow better toxic by-product elimination
- AFTER CARE: as a sports injury massage is generally balancing and harmonising, you may return to work or drive home as usual
Kindly note, for those receiving the VIP Hot Stones sports injury treatments, you are strongly advised to use our kitchen downstairs, and help yourself to a soothing herbal tea, to allow further time to relax prior to returning to work or driving home