Award-Winning Sports Injury Clinic in Sheffield

We have proudly assembled an in-house team of sports massage and deep tissue massage specialists who are vastly experienced in applying the latest learnings and techniques to assist in the rehabilitation of injury, improving sporting performance, as well as improving your general functional wellbeing.

Reflecting such expertise, we were recent winners of the Northern Sports Injury Clinic of the Year Award for 2019.

To book your appointment, please call the clinic or use the form below and we look forward to meeting and working with you soon.

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Opening Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8am-8pm
Friday: 8am-5:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Covid-19 Update

For anyone visiting the clinic, please be reassured that we have put in place the following checks and procedures to ensure the clinic remains covid-secure:

  • Appointment times have been extended to allow for full sanitisation of rooms between clients
    Masks are worn by our therapists
  • We are operating a mask friendly policy for customers. It is your choice if you wish to wear one.
  • Appointment times are staggered to reduce interaction in the reception.
  • The waiting area has been adapted to provide plenty of space.
  • We have a cash-free policy and have put in place a hygiene screen at reception.

What are the main treatment aims of sports massage?

From pounding the streets of Sheffield training for this year’s half marathon, to sitting at your desk at work each day, we all undertake activity that over time has a detrimental impact on our bodies. Sports massage therapy is an excellent form of treatment to correct the imbalances in soft tissue generally arising from such repetitive activity.

Not only this, sports massage and deep tissue massage is also an excellent form of treatment for any of those unfortunate sports-related injuries – be it a nasty tackle, a nasty fall, or some other sort of impact preventing you from being on top of your game.

The main aims of sports massage are to increase blood flow, reduce muscle tension and tightness, increase joint range of movement and aid in muscular recovery and adaptation.

Please call the clinic or use the form below to book your sports massage and we look forward to meeting and working with you soon.

How does sports massage differ from other types of massage?

The primary difference is that sports massage focuses on obtaining maximum physical function over obtaining maximum relaxation, which is the primary aim of most non-sports massage sessions.

In terms of how a sports massage might differ from what is typically called a deep tissue massage, a sports massage is more area-specific, focussing on larger and older knots that have built up over longer periods of time due to high training volume, trauma, muscle imbalance or poor biomechanics. 

Although considered two slightly different therapeutic approaches, the strokes and techniques used during a deep tissue and a sports massage are fairly similar, with the use of circular movements, kneading, tapping and vibrations being consistent across both.

Should you request a deep tissue or sports massage?

If, after reading the above, you still feel unsure about what or not you require a sports massage or deep tissue massage, then do not worry. All appointments start with a discussion around the pain or discomfort you’re currently experiencing, your current levels of exercise and activity, and your future health-related goals and ambitions, followed by an initial assessment of areas affected.

From this starting point, our highly experienced physiotherapists and massage therapists are able to determine the best course of action to undertake, which we will talk you through in plenty of detail.

What to expect during your massage treatment?

Treatment will begin with lighter palpations of the area to uncover areas of tension. Once found, your therapist will then gradually begin to work deeper into the tissue. Don’t worry, though, communication will be maintained throughout and intensity adjusted to suit your preference and ensure that you’re comfortable.

On conclusion of the massage, your therapist will likely give you advice on any further treatment or stretches that may help in the interim, as well as ensure you have plenty of water to drink to flush out those toxins.

Just so you’re aware, you are more than welcome to bring a friend or family member along to your treatment, and please do let us know if you’d rather be seen by a same sex therapist.

Does sports massage have to hurt to be effective?

Not at all. Many of our clients report how relaxing their sports massage sessions are! If the thought of a sports massage being painful is putting you off, you needn’t worry. If your previous sports massages have all been pain pain pain, with no relaxing element interspersed throughout, I’d say that the therapist woke up on the wrong side of bed that morning!

However, sports massage does entail a range of techniques, some of which can be uncomfortable (but not painful) – namely, the use of deep transverse frictions, as well as the use of trigger point therapy. Don’t worry, though, communication will be maintained throughout and intensity adjusted to suit your preference.

Do you have to be sporty to benefit from sports massage?

Both sporting and non-sporting individuals have regular sports massage due to the vast array of benefits it has for the human body. For the sporting population, sports massage aids with performance enhancement, injury prevention and injury rehabilitation. For the non-sporting population, sports massage is beneficial for reducing musculoskeletal injuries due to occupation and/or posture, such as lower back pain, or reducing muscle tightness in the upper back and neck due to long periods of time sat in an office chair.


Fully Covid-Secure

For anyone visiting the clinic, please be reassured that we have put in place the very highest of checks and procedures to ensure the clinic remains covid-secure. Throughout all of this, we will continue to do everything we possibly can for our community of clients who need are help more than ever!

Massage Therapy Testimonials

“I came to Katie Bell Physiotherapy & Wellness with a calf strain (severe!). The massage is massively helpful, personalised and has resolved my problem. The massage had brilliant immediate effects – feeling loser, more relaxed and after a few days my injury recovered greatly. The therapist provided good advice on stretching, running technique and self-management.”

“Love going to Katie Bell’s… feel instantly relaxed as soon as I walk in the door! I have regular deep, sports massages with Dilly who is amazing and very knowledgeable even though she has evil fingers!! I always feel better when I leave having had some time out for me and my aching body.”

“I can not rate this place highly enough!!! I have been for physio, Pilates & massage. The professionals who work there are knowledgeable, enthusiastic & generally brilliant! The admin team are really welcoming and helpful. I have recommended the place to various friends and family and all have had really positive experiences & got the results they wanted. Fabulous place & team! Top marks!”

Google Review Rating: 4.9

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