Sports therapy and massage

Sports therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.

It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the client for training, competition and work.

Although some physiotherapists focus on sports-related cases, sports therapy and rehabilitation is a separate profession, requiring a 3 year intense study at university. It is concerned with musculo- skeletal conditions arising from physical activity, not with general healthcare.

Sports massage reduces stress put on to the musculoskeletal system. It is an effective treatment used for the relief of pain, swelling, muscle spasm and restricted movement. Myofascial Release massage is a specialised physical and manual therapy used for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascial tension and restrictions.

Massage increases blood flow to the muscle important in removing lactate post exercise through enhanced oxidation and diffusion out of the muscles. As muscles begin to naturally heal post injury, the fibres do not always align themselves as they were prior. This can result in the muscle not functioning as it should causing reduced flexibility, loss of range of motion and even effect how the muscle contracts. By manipulating the muscle, the fibre will align better allowing a fresh blood supply with plenty of oxygen flushing out any toxins that could hinder the recovery.

The treatments include:

  • Sports massage

  • Myofascial release

  • Joint mobilisations

  • Body and posture assessment

  • Kinesiology taping

Your sports therapist and sports masseur


Andrew Comley
BSc (Hons) Sports Injury Rehabilitation

Over the last twenty years, Andy has attained a BSc (Hons) in Sport Injury Rehabilitation, an HND in the Science and Management of Health and Fitness, and diplomas in exercise studies.

Andy teaches sports therapy subjects at Peter Symonds Adult and Higher Education College. As well as his clinical work, he is the sports therapist for Romsey Town Football Club, managing injuries, running injury prevention sessions, and providing match day support and pitch side first aid.

He uses this knowledge to help a wide variety of people back to pain free living, including those with work-based issues, sporting injuries or just the general stresses and strains of life. However your injury occurred, Andy looks forward to helping you back to health.

Andy is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) the lead body in Sports Therapy.


Kate Reynolds
VTCT L4 Sports Massage

Kate is VTCT Level 4 qualified in Sports Massage. She uses a range of soft tissue and stretching methods including deep tissue and connective tissue massage, soft tissue release and muscle energy techniques..

She strives to offer relief for pain and discomfort felt within tight muscles caused by postural issues and overuse from everyday activities as well as through sport.

Kate has volunteered massage at local sporting events and is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.

Sports therapy session times

Monday 9:00am - 6:00pm Sports therapy with Andrew
Thursday 9:00am - 1:00pm Deep tissue massage with Kate
Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm Sports therapy with Andrew

Sports therapy consultation fees

Sports therapy initial consultation 60 mins £50
Sports therapy follow up treatments 45 mins £50
Recovery massage 30 mins £35
Deep tissue massage (Kate) 50 mins £50