Injury Assessment

Injury assessment is the process of evaluating the extent and severity of an injury to determine the appropriate treatment plan. It is a critical step in the recovery process and can help to ensure the right treatment is given at the right time. Having a full injury assessment can also eliminate more serious pathologies by conducting a thorough subjective and objective assessment to understand your injury and where it is coming from.

Benefits of an injury assessment include:

  1. Thorough assessment to fully understand your injury and any underlying conditions
  2. Tailored treatment plan based on the outcomes from the assessment to ensure an effective road to recovery, which will allow you to return to your normal daily activities quicker.
  3. Prevent further damage from occurring to the injured area.
  4. Identify any underlying issues that may have contributed to the injury, including muscle imbalances, weaknesses and previous injuries. 


In an injury appointment you will be given an assessment, diagnosis, hands on treatment and a bespoke plan. Treatment in an injury assessment appointment will include sports therapy, massage and/or acupuncture – whatever is deemed the best course of action at the time.

Sophie Lamb - Sports Massage & Acupuncture Sunderland
Sophie Lamb - Sports Massage & Acupuncture Sunderland


Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points of the body to stimulate energy flow and promote healing.  Acupuncture has gained increasing recognition as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of health conditions including both physical and emotional well being.

Benefits of acupuncture include:

  1. Pain relief in both acute and chronic pain such as arthritis, back pain and migraines.
  2. Lowers stress and anxiety levels by increasing the production of endorphins.
  3. Improved sleep by regulating the body’s sleep-wake cycle
  4. Improved immune function by increasing the production of white blood cells, which help to fight off infection.
  5. An improved digestive health improving disorders such is irritably bowel syndrome, acid reflux and constipation.
  6. Women’s health benefits including improving menstrual cramps, infertility and menopause symptoms.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is a form of deep tissue massage that involves the manipulation of soft tissues in the body including; muscles, tendons, ligaments and fasica. A variety of massage techniques will be used to target specific muscle groups in the body such as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, frictions and soft tissue release as well as stretching techniques to help improve your joint range of motion and flexibility.

Benefits of Sports massage include:

  1. Reduced muscle tension to aid in recovery from a specific injury or exercise.
  2. Improved flexibility and range of motion, increasing your functional movement capacity to help you fulfill every day tasks and further reduce the risk of injury
  3. Greater circulation that improves blood flow and oxygen delivery to the muscles, promoting a faster healing process and recovery time.
  4. Increased relaxation, which in turn, reduces stress, levels and releases the happy hormones of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine.
Sophie Lamb - Sports Massage & Acupuncture Sunderland

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage (MLD) is a type of massage therapy that focuses on stimulating the lymphatic system to reduce swelling and promote the body’s natural healing process. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and organs tat helps to eliminate toxins and waste products from the body and MLD helps to improve its function.

Benefits of manual lymphatic drainage massage include:
1. Reduces swelling that accumulates in the tissues.
2. Improves immune function by increasing the production of white blood cells.
3. Reduce stress and anxiety, as it is a very gentle and non-invasive massage that helps to calm the nervous system.
4. Enhances healing by increasing circulation and promoting the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues.

Sophie Lamb - Sports Massage & Acupuncture Sunderland
Sophie Lamb - Sports Massage & Acupuncture Sunderland


Injury rehabilitation is a process that involves restoring function and mobility after an injury. This is an exercise-based session to improve your range of motion and help you to restore function needed to perform activities of your daily living.

Benefits of a rehab session include:
1. Improves function of the injured area by improving range of motion, flexibility and strength.
2. Prevents further injuries not only by strengthening the surrounding area of the injury but by addressing any underlying issues that may have contributed to the injury.
3. Promotes functional movement to allow you to return to your normal daily activities and routine as soon as possible.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is a natural, safe and effective way for expectant mothers to alleviate stress, discomfort and anxiety associated with pregnancy. Pregnancy massage is tailored to the needs of pregnant women and aims to provide relief for common pregnancy related issues, such as back pain, leg cramps, swelling and headaches.

Pregnancy massage is performed with the mother-to-be lying on her side with enough pillows for comfort. You will be covered with towels throughout and will never be asked to lie flat on your back or on your stomach.. Pregnancy massage can include back, neck, shoulders, legs, arms and scalp massage (no touching of the bump!).

The benefits of pregnancy massage go beyond just physical relief and can improve emotional well-being, sleep quality and prepare the body for labour.

Benefits of pregnancy massage include:

  1. Reduce stress and anxiety by promoting relaxation and reducing cortisol levels, which is the hormone associated with stress.
  2. Alleviates pregnancy related pain and discomfort such as back pain, sciatica, headaches, carpel tunnel syndrome, leg cramps and swelling
  3. Improves sleep quality by promoting relaxation and reducing stress levels
  4. Enhances mood and emotional well being by releasing endorphins, serotonin and dopamine happy hormones.
  5. Prepares the body for labour by promoting relaxation and decreasing stress levels as well as decreasing tension in the muscles and soft tissues.
Sophie Lamb - Pregnancy Massage Sunderland