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Sports Massage (Remedial Massage)

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Sports massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue and is used to release chronic patterns of muscular tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction, applied across the grain of the muscle. A Sports massage will help loosen muscle tissues, release toxins and improve circulation and range of joint movement. It aids the recovery of scar tissue, hypertonic tendons & muscle atrophy.

Sports massage can be used as a precursor to physical activity to energize and warm up the body or after physical activity to help in eliminating metabolic wastes and help muscle tissue to regain its normal elasticity. It can treat a very specific problem resulting from repetitive sports movements or strength and flexibility imbalances between different muscle groups.

The practitioner will treat problem areas in different ways, including soft tissue release, neuromuscular release, deep tissue work, trigger point therapy & active & passive stretching exercises.

Trigger points are tiny contractions of muscle fibres in a very small band of muscle tissue. They can feel like a knot or a small lump ranging in size, lying along a taut band of muscle fibres. Trigger points can be painful when treated, but the pain goes within 15 - 20 seconds & is helpful in promoting relief from referred pain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports Massage Therapy

What Is Sports Massage?

Sports Massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, ligaments and tendons.

How Does Sports Massage Work?

Sports massage is employed in the treatment of painful conditions or injuries involving soft tissue, muscles, tendons & ligaments. It is a very deep therapeutic massage, tracking muscles from origin to insertion. It focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue and is used to release chronic patterns of muscular tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or frictions, applied across the grain of the muscle.

Sports massage will help loosen muscle tissues, release toxins, improving circulation and range of joint movement. It aids the recovery of scar tissue, hypertonic tendons & muscle atrophy.

Sports Massage aims to improve the suppleness and flexibility of muscles and joints, speed up the healing of damaged or stressed muscles, tissues and joints, and prevent future muscle and tendon injuries.

Sports Massage is not just for the athlete but for anyone with muscle problems related to activities, such as lifting boxes, gardening or carrying babies etc.

It is also for those suffering muscle aches from inactivity, such as long distance driving and sitting at a computer all day.

The techniques used by sports massage practitioners have been developed to ensure effective and efficient results are gained from each massage given. The reported benefits of Sports Massage include:

  • Improve circulation & lymphatic flow

  • Assist in the removal of metabolic waste

  • Sedate or stimulate nerve endings

  • Increase or decrease muscle tone

  • Increase or decrease muscle length

  • Remodel scar tissue when required

  • Assist in mental preparation for sporting participation

Problems that may be helped by sports massage;

  • Muscular tension and stiffness in the neck and shoulders

  • Sports injury

  • Sports injury prevention

  • General aches & pains

  • Insomnia and disturbed sleep

  • Acute & chronic muscle tension

  • Muscle fatigue

  • Cramp

  • Sciatica

  • Arthritis

  • Stress & Anxiety

  • Circulatory problems

  • Headaches

  • Whiplash injuries

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Back pain

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Golfers Elbow

  • Tendonitis

  • RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Can you have a Sports Massage?

To benefit from a sports massage you do not need to be a sports performer. There are many practitioners that work with a great range of clients. The benefits described can also help relieve many day to day problems that everyone experiences. You will receive an individually tailored, high quality massage, catered to your own individual needs. Depending on the type and timing of activity these benefits can be achieved for anyone.

If you are a sports performer, of any level, a sports massage can be beneficial at various stages. For example:

 

  • Prior to a sports event, to energize & warm up the body, stimulate circulation, calm nervous tension and prepare the individual for optimal performance whilst at the same time reducing the risk of injury.

  • After a sports event, to help in eliminating metabolic wastes, such as lactic acid, help muscle tissue to regain its normal elasticity and to relieve soreness.

  • During training, as a maintenance treatment, when the practitioner will focus on speeding up the healing of existing injuries and preventing the development of future injuries.

It can treat a very specific problem resulting from repetitive sports movements or strength and flexibility imbalances between different muscle groups. Helping injury prevention and recovery.

What does it involve?

The client is usually asked to remove their outer layer of clothing so that the practitioner can work directly onto the skin. The massage is carried out whilst the client is lying on a massage couch or table and, depending on whether it is pre-event, post-event or a maintenance massage, the therapy can take from thirty minutes to an hour and a half.

What are the side effects and when should it be avoided?

Sports massage, although relaxing and soothing, can also be quite vigorous. If the client has muscle soreness the massage may, initially, cause some discomfort. Sports massage should be avoided if you have open wounds, muscle tears, sprained ligaments or burns; varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis, cancer, tumours, melanoma or haemophilia. People with diabetes should be aware that sports massage will have the same effects as exercise.
The practitioner will treat problem areas in different ways, including soft tissue release, neuromuscular release, deep tissue work, trigger point therapy, and active & passive stretching exercises. Trigger points are tiny contractions of muscle fibres in a very small band of muscle tissue. They can feel like a knot or a small lump ranging in size, lying along a taut band of muscle fibres. Trigger points can be painful when treated, but the pain goes within 15 - 20 seconds & is helpful in promoting relief from referred pain.

The practitioner may also use audio-sonic or paraffin wax as part of the treatment.

What Are The Benefits of Sports Massage?

Sports massage is good for improving muscle flexibility, blood circulation and reducing swelling. This helps with the prevention of sports injuries and assists the body with recovery and repair after sports injuries have been sustained.

Sports massage can help with the following conditions:

  • Acute & chronic muscle tension

  • Muscle fatigue

  • Cramp

  • Sciatica

  • Arthritis

  • Stress & Anxiety

  • Sports injuries

  • Circulatory problems

  • Headaches

  • Whiplash injuries

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Back pain

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Golfers Elbow

  • Tendonitis

  • RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury

Sports Massage Therapist at the Centre

Fern Abbott

Other forms of Massage available

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy Facial Massage

Body Massage (general) Swedish

Hot Stone Massage

Indian Head Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Traditional Thai Massage

Traditional Thai Foot Massage

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Shiatsu (Acupressure Massage)

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