Sports Massage is a type of soft tissue therapy which incorporates many different styles of massage including Swedish, deep tissue massage, connective tissue massage, soft tissue release, neuromuscular and muscle energy techniques. The prime purpose is to alleviate stress and tension that builds up in soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) during physical activity. It is therefore beneficial in preventing injuries, pain relief, helping to enhance performance, improving and regaining range of motion, aiding recovery and promoting healing.
Although termed ‘sports’ massage you do not need to be athletic or participate in any sport to benefit from this type of massage as everyone’s muscles can be affected by overuse and acute injury. Sports massage is an effective tool to relieve muscle fatigue and pain resulting from your day to day activities – a physically demanding job, long hours at a desk or driving, plus emotionally stressful situations like divorce or bereavement can produce similar characteristics to sports injuries.
Remedial Massage is an effective way of treating and preventing muscle injuries, pain and soreness. Muscles move and stabilise our joints and provide protection for internal organs. People often think that problems come from their joints but in fact it is minor problems and disfunction in the muscles that cause more pain than we realise. For example, sciatic and low back pain is more likely to originate in muscles than the discs between our spinal segments. Also headaches are often caused by tension in the neck and upper back and knee pain is frequently caused by tight muscles in the legs.
Problems with poor posture (structural alignment of the body) result in musculoskeletal imbalances. These are often work related issues such as RSI (repetitive strain injuries) or can be linked to postural problems from childhood and adolescence. When treating these conditions the techniques used will often be similar to those used in sports massage and simply put we will be helping to loosen tight muscles, tighten loose muscles and strengthen weak muscles in order to realign and rebalance your body.
The best results can only be achieved with patience, commitment and consistency by having regular treatments, exercising appropriately and following advice relating to your occupational and home environment.
Sports Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation
Sports Therapy is concerned with injury rehabilitation – with the aim of getting the client back to functional, occupational and sport specific fitness irrespective of age and ability. In a perfect world we work towards injury prevention however clients often self-refer to our clinic with a pre-existing injury.
A Sports Therapist has the knowledge and skill to: (reference www.society-of-sports-therapists.org)
- utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance, preparation and injury prevention programmes
- provide the immediate care of injuries and basic life support in a recreational, training and competitive environment
- assess, treat and, where appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention
- provide appropriate sport and remedial massage in a sport & exercise context
- plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation programs