Thomas Owen Gillon BEd, MFHT
8 Wrea Head Close
01723 362529 / 07969006414
I provide sports therapy/injury massage as well as hot and cold stone massage,
I work from home in Scalby Scarborough and also provide a home visit service.
I have worked professionally for over 8 years, in my own Sports Injury Clinic.
I have had experience of working with a wide range of sports people including a national swimmer.
My clients range from 14 to 84 year old.
The following treatments are available after a preliminary consultation:
- Sport injury assessment, treatment and rehabilitation
- Sports massage
- Hot and cold stone massage
- Pre/Post event massage
- Far Infared heat treatment
- Ice treatment
- Myofascial release
- Joint and soft tissue mobilisation
- Trigger point therapy
- Transfer friction techniques
- Muscle energy techniques (METs) gently stretching muscles and tendons
- Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
- Exercise and streatching advice to assist recovery.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as an Advanced Sports Therapist in 2006 after studying with Sports Therapy Organisations Active Health Group, the UK’s premier membership organisation for professional sports injury and soft tissue therapists. I have worked independently since then and specialise in sport and work related injury assessment and treatments.
As an active sports person and athletics coach, I am also knowledgeable about the psychological aspects of any physical limitations, which are a fundamental and essential component to incorporate into any treatment plan to maximise and reinforce positive response and recovery.
As a therapist I recognise the importance of planning treatments to suit an individuals unique injury and or lifestyle. All treatment sessions are designed to meet and target specific and problematic areas with immediate effect to alleviate, manage and eliminate an array of physical impairments and restrictions.
I have treated athletes of all levels from elite swimmers to amateur runners, ranging from 14 year olds to 78 year olds.
Other available therapies
Hot Stone Massage
Cold Stone Massage
Initial consultation and treatment £40
Sport therapyTreatments £35
Hot Stone massage whole body £40
Cold Stone Massahe £20
Discount for sports club members and Ex service personnel £10
Treatment sessions 60 mins each. except cpld stone massage which is 30 mins.
What is a treatment session like?
A treatment session lasts for about 60 minutes. It may include posture assessment, functional movements of problem area, and palpation of muscles involved. A treatment may include several therapy techniques these may be: massage to warm the body, trigger point therapy, hot stones, ultrasound, deep tissues massage and stretching of muscles.
Massage takes place lying on a massage couch. I use oil to prevent friction damage to the skin from the massage movements. During all treatments clients are fully towelled and only the lime being work on is exposed. Although much of the massage is enjoyable, some of it can be uncomfortable, for example working to remove scar tissue.
I will also discuss with clients the importance of exercise in maintaining their body in a healthy condition, and will explain the benefits of stretching at the end of a training session.
Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into Myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Fascia plays an important role in the support of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures it provides stability to our entire body system helping it to keep an adequate amount of tension to allow the body to remain upright with proper equilibrium.
In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When we experience physical trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body.
Trauma, such as a fall, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time and repetitive stress injuries has a cumulative effects. The changes they cause in the fascial system influence comfort and the functioning of our body. The fascia can exert excessive pressure producing pain or restriction of motion. They affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and strain.
The use of Myofascial Release allows me to look at each patient as a unique individual utilizing a multitude of fascial release techniques during the session. Therapeutic exercises are discussed for the enhancement of strength, flexibility, and for continual postural and movement awareness for the client to take home.
Soft Tissue Release
Unlike many styles of massage therapy given for general or relaxation purposes, Soft Tissue Release is a much more specific Neuromuscular Therapy for correcting muscular imbalances, accelerating the healing of muscular injuries and quickly eliminating chronic pain.
The essence of the approach is a method of applying pressure to a muscle at the same time the muscle is being stretched. This coordinated movement has a correcting effect on all muscular imbalances, including injured areas where scar tissue has formed. The "secret" to the success of the technique is that it's not just another way of manipulating your muscles—it's a way of communicating with your nervous system. Lasting, often permanent change is achieved by engaging your autonomic nervous system, the powerful mechanism that controls your heartbeat, breathing, digestion, and other essential life functions.
Sports Massage: Sports massage should be a regular part of every athlete's training program. Athletes have different massage needs at different times. There are 3 basic categories: Pre-event, Post-event and Training. It also helps in rehabilitation and is recommended as a vital tool for keeping athletes primed for top performance and even lengthening careers. This massage will help relieve the tight and sore muscles of the athlete and have you feeling newly energetic and revitalized!
If you are not getting a regular sports massage you are missing out on a great opportunity to improve your running. Sports massage should play an important part in the life of any runner whether you are injured or not.
Massage has a number of benefits including:
Maintaining the body generally in better condition
Preventing injuries and loss of mobility
Restoring mobility to injured muscle tissue
It may extend the overall life of your sporting career and boost performance
It works through physical, physiological as well as psychological processes.
Physical effects are
Pumping blood and lymphatic fluids around the body
The stroking movements in massage suck fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels. By increasing pressure in front of the stroke, a vacuum is created behind. This is especially important in tight or damaged muscle tissues, as a tight muscle will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair.
Increasing tissue permeability
Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourages the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients, which aid recovery.
Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched by the usual methods. The bundles of muscle fibres (fasciculi) are stretched sideways as well as longitudinally. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build-up within.
Breaking down scar tissue
Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can affect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain. Massage may not remove it but should make it more supple and flexible allowing normal function.
Improving tissue elasticity
Training can make tissues hard and inelastic. This is one reason why hard training may not result in improvements. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues and circulating blood and nutrients.
Massage increases blood flow to tissues (although so does exercise, in fact probably more!) What massage also does though, is open or dilate the blood vessels by stretching them. This enables nutrients to pass through more easily.
Physiological effects are:
Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways, including releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
Relaxing both muscles and body
Muscles relax through the heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors in the muscle, senses: touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth. When they are stimulated there is a reflex relaxation of the muscles.
Psychological effects are:
Through the effects mentioned above relaxation is induced and so reduces anxiety levels.
If massage is done with brisk movements such as what would be done before an event, this can produces an invigorating feeling.
That is the why and how of sports massage but when should it be applied?
Sports massage can be useful for aiding recovery after an event such as a marathon – immediately after, or a day or two after. The best results are obtained when the massage is performed regularly i.e. weekly. Be careful though not to have a deep massage the day before a big race. This might make you tired and lethargic or if the massage was firm you may have soreness that could hinder performance.
Massage in its numerous different forms has been used for centuries. However, recent advances in sport and exercise science have highlighted the potential of sports massage to improve circulation and accelerate recovery from activity and injury. More importantly you don’t need to be an elite athlete to receive these benefits; sports massage can significantly improve the condition of the muscles of any runner.
Simply defined, sports massage encompasses a number of special techniques that involve a skilled therapist working into the tissues and muscle fibres so that they are returned to their pre-exercise state.
As running is a repetitive activity that stresses the body, numerous problems can occur such as general aches and pains and reduced flexibility. The deep massage, pumping and stroking movements improve circulation, remove waste products and improve elasticity. Furthermore, sports massage not only combats physical and physiological problems, the psychological benefits such as invigoration and reduction of mental tension are of equal benefit.
To gain benefits, massage treatments can be administered pre event, during event, post event (directly after activity) or post event (several days after activity). Once initial information has been gathered regarding your exercise history, range of movement and flexibility, the treatment begins by warming up your muscles using oils and gentle manipulation. Then, gradually the therapist will work their way into the muscles, starting at the surface and gradually going deeper into the muscles.
It is important to note that there are times when sports massage is an unsuitable treatment. When injury first occurs, discomfort and inflammation will be at their greatest and massage should be avoided so that the condition is not made worse.
All in all, sports massage provides an impressive package of benefits. It helps keep you injury-free, loose, supple and in optimum running condition. To locate a therapist contact your running club, gym or local leisure centre and they will be able to put you in touch with one.
Maps & Directions
Monday to Friday 10am Till 8pm Saturday 10am Till 12am Home visits arranged