Sports massage is a technique used on soft tissues in the body to effectively reduce muscle tension, alleviate stress and restore balance to the musculoskeletal system. It is one of the oldest and most effective forms of remedial therapy.
How does Sports Massage work?
Sports massage works through the manipulation and rehabilitation of muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia to correct imbalances caused by physical activity or repetitive daily habits.
In areas of chronic muscle tension or injury there is reduced blood flow and limited range of movement, which causes pain and inflammation. Massage physically breaks down any scar tissue and adhesions in these areas, increasing circulation, which speeds up the healing process and allows greater freedom of movement.
I strongly believe that sports massage can have dramatic results. I treat all sorts of conditions and am constantly amazed at how effective it is. I am regularly able to release backs that have been stuck in years of chronic tension, as well as speed up the healing of injuries and help get people through events at every level.
In my experience the vast majority of issues can be resolved through soft tissue work, however I will always refer to an alternative practitioner if necessary.
Common conditions treated:
- Strains and Sprains
- Back and neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Frozen shoulder
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Tennis elbow
- Runners Knee
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Pregnancy related hip and back pain
- Treatment after injuries and accidents
- Improves common conditions such as back pain, sciatica and repetitive strain injury
- Reduces muscle tension and pain
- Speeds up recovery from injuries
- Prevents injury through early identification of potential problems
- Improves muscle flexibility and range of movement.
- Enhances training and competitive performance
- Speeds up recovery from training and events
- Realigns and dissipates scar tissue after surgery or injury
- Strengthens the immune system
- Reduces stress
- Improves posture and general body awareness
Who is it for?
Sports massage is for everyone, not just sports people. Muscular tension can build up in the body as a result of poor posture, lifestyle habits, repetitive tasks and emotional stress. You can get an injury from a simple daily task such as gardening or lifting children. Massage can therefore be just as beneficial for someone who works at a desk all day as it can be for a professional athlete.
At all levels of sport, massage is a necessity rather than a luxury as it ensures muscles are in peak condition and irons out any niggles which may develop into injuries. After a training session muscles accumulate waste products and are depleted of nutrients. Trauma can develop on a microscopic level, which may lead to serious injury if left unaddressed. Massage gets fresh blood into these areas, flushes out toxins and prevents the micro tears from developing further.
Sports massage is a great preventative treatment as it means you can train more often with less chance of injury. It can also be used pre and post event to enhance performance and significantly reduce delayed onset muscle soreness.