For centuries, massage has been used to aid tissue relaxation, increase circulation and heighten a sense of wellbeing.
Using strokes and percussive movements, massage may also be used to help a client’s psychological needs by reducing feelings of anxiety or stress.
However, when the term Sports Massage is mentioned, it is often believed the techniques used here are only of benefit to the athlete; this is not the case.
Sports Massage - is it only for athletes?
You do not need to partake in regular sports to benefit from Sports/Remedial Massage.
Whether you are an avid gardener, decorator, office worker or a sporting sensation, these specialised massage techniques can help to increase range of movement, prevent injury and aid rehabilitation of muscles, tendons and ligaments.
A variety of techniques are used to mobilise, strengthen and stretch tissue with the ultimate goal of healing damaged tissue, reducing pain and enhancing performance.
How can Sports/Remedial Massage help?
Techniques may help to:
- Ease postural related muscle pain from prolonged sitting (eg. office workers).
- Ease pain and help promote relaxation after any period of physical exertion (gardening, decorating, lifting).
- Restore muscle length, thereby increasing joint range of movement.
- Reduce scar tissue and improve muscle function.
- Prevent injury.
- Promote recovery from injury.
- Prepare for sporting events.
What techniques are used?
Techniques used are specific to the individual treatment required and may include:
- Frictions: The production of scar tissue post injury is an important part of the healing process; however, too much scar tissue can inhibit tissue function.
Frictions help to break down scar tissue and adhesions helping tissue fibres glide freely and restore normal function.
- Myofascial Release: Fascia is strong body tissue that is continuous with our muscles, tendons, ligaments and organs and can influence the function of movement. This technique is used to stretch the fascial bonds, improving muscle function.
- Trigger Point: This is a tight area within a muscle, which may cause pain elsewhere in the body. Using a cycle of pressure and release techniques, the source of pain is often alleviated.
- Soft Tissue Release: Used to increase elasticity within muscles.
A series of tissue stretches help to breakdown areas of scar tissue and adhesions thereby increasing joint range of movement.