Tom Sheppard MSMA MISRM
Tom holds a level 5 BTEC Diploma in Clinical Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy, which was awarded by the Oxford School of Sports Massage (OSSM). Tom launched TS Sport & Remedial Massage in early 2016, and is very excited for the years ahead in such an advancing and rewarding area of soft tissue therapy.
Tom has since gained further experience within elite sport by providing match day therapy for international match officials at a Champions League fixture at Manchester City, to the Premier League Match Officials at Hull FC, at the training facility St. Geroges Park and Loughborough, as well as continued match day support for match officials at premier league football clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool FC, Leicester City, Stoke City and Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
Tom is a member of The Association for Soft Tissue Therapists (SMA) and the Institute of Soft Tissue Therapists (ISRM).
What remedial massage can do for you
Massage is used to effectively deal with minor soft tissue conditions (affecting muscles, ligaments and tendons). The majority of general aches and pains that are caused by lifestyle stresses are minor soft tissue conditions. Although they may recover naturally over time, this is often not the case and they can develop into more serious and complex issues. Remedial massage has shown to be a fast and effective way of dealing with these minor soft tissue conditions by assisting the body’s own natural repair processes
As a complementary therapy
Even with more serious injuries there is nearly always some secondary soft tissue condition also involved. This is usually due to over compensation to protect the more serious problem. Remedial massage can have a vital complementary role to play, by dealing with these secondary problems which otherwise may prevent a good recovery.
Often sports injuries have much to do with an athlete’s posture and/or other factors outside of their sport. The real difference with sports massage is the focus on recovery from training and the early identification and treatment of potential soft tissue problems. Massage is used to monitor how the client is responding to training. This can allow the athlete to ‘fine-tune’ their training to avoid injury and enhance performance.
A few Benefits include:
✔️ Relaxes, and can offload, overused and overstrained muscles.
✔️ Accelerates blood flow to injured area to speed up the healing process.
✔️ Provides support for weak or injured muscles without affecting normal Range of Motion (ROM).
✔️ Helps to reduce pain.