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.
Specific benefits to athletes fall into three areas
- Maintenance massage
- Event massage (pre and post event)
- Treatment and rehabilitation massage
There are many physical and psychological benefits to having a sports massage:
- Reduces anxiety
- Increases blood and lymphatic circulation
- Improves mobility
- Pain relief
- Relieves tension and fatigue
- Improves muscle and tendon flexibility
- Enhanced recovery from injury
- Improves posture and function
- Injury prevention
- General muscle maintenance
Happy muscles = less pain and happy people!
Grumpy muscles = more pain and less function!
Our descriptions of types of massage are not definitive and written in our own words. Every treatment will be unique, as a blend of techniques and skills will be used to perform the most effective treatment for you as an individual and your requirements. Occasionally we will refer you to a different practitioner such as a physiotherapist or osteopath to provide a more appropriate treatment if necessary.