When you start a new training program, increase the intensity of your workouts or are spending a huge chunk of your time sat at a desk, a good sports massage can be extremely beneficial!
Contrary to what the name suggests, you don’t have to be super fit, or even a “sports person” to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is all about prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons and can be beneficial for people with injuries, chronic pain, poor posture or restricted range of motion. So, whether you are training for a competition, stuck at a desk every day or are running around after the kids, sports massage can target those problem areas you have and alleviate the pain.
There are no standard guidelines as to how often you should get a sports massage, however, you will definitely experience the most health benefits from massage when you get massage regularly. The problem with getting a massage only when you are injured is that your therapist might pick up on tightness and muscle imbalance that you always have, but that has nothing to do with your current issue. Therefore, we would recommend booking in for a sports massage every 4-6 weeks.
Do you suffer with muscular tension?
Do you suffer with bad posture?
Are you an active person?
Do you have a high training regime?
Are you looking to compete at a high level?
If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of those, a sports massage can help you and correct imbalances in the body.
The following benefits can be experienced through the application of sports and deep tissue massage techniques
Increase joint range of motion (ROM)
Increased sense of wellbeing
Decreased muscle tension
Decreased neurological exicitabilty (relaxation of nerves)
Decreased muscle spasms
Before your massage begins, your therapist will ask you about the types of activities you do, if you have any injuries and will then complete a physical assessment.
Once a treatment plan has been agreed, you will be expected to remove clothing (sometimes to underwear dependent on area being treated) and will lie on the massage table covered with towels/blankets.
Due to the targeted nature of Sports Massage, you will unlikely receive a full-body massage, BUT you get an extra bonus with sports massage as it also incorporates stretching and active range of motion, so it mimics exercise more closely.
Sports massage is a form of deep tissue massage, so a great deal of pressure is put on the muscles in order to treat them. This pressure can be uncomfortable. The more tense your muscles are, the more uncomfortable it is going to be because they cannot be stretched or manipulated as easily under the pressure of your sports massage therapist’s hands (or elbows!)
The discomfort you feel during and after a massage is completely normal and, on the whole, it means it is working. But a sports massage should never cause you so much pain that you feel the need to tense up in order to bear it.
Dehydration can also effect massage as it stiffens the fascia and muscles, which translates to a more painful massage. Ensure you’re drinking adequate amounts of water prior to your appointment.
Our massage therapists are also MSc qualified MSK Practitioners (Musculoskeletal) and therefore will take more of a medical approach to your treatment. The session will usually begin with a deep informative consultation, after which they will proceed to perform specific tests to check mobility and to help identify/diagnose any injury.
They will work locally on the injury during your treatment concentrating on the rehabilitation and strengthening of the injured area.
After treatment you will receive a tailored treatment plan containing exercises and stretches for you to perform at home. They may also suggest further treatments with them until the problem area is functioning efficiently and pain free.
Our therapists are qualified to use a number of techniques which may include the use of tools and instruments including:
* Joint mobilisation techniques – There are many different techniques and styles of joint mobilisation, their aim is to relief joint stiffness and pain.
* Joint manipulation – This technique aims to increase range of movement (ROM) and the relief of musculoskeletal pain.
* Minimal Energy Techniques (METs) – this technique can be applied to most areas of the body and consist of the physiotherapist and patient working together to stretch, relax and re-energise the muscle.
* Muscle stretching – muscles are flexed and stretched to improve muscle tone, flexibility and range of movement.
* Neurodynamics – this technique helps to relieve nerve pain and will work instantaneously.
* Massage and soft tissue techniques – similar techniques used by a massage therapist.
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