Sports Massage is a massage therapy which utilises deep tissue techniques, with the aim of reducing muscular tension, discomfort and pain. Although sports participants benefit from sports massage, this method of massage is not restricted to sports participants, as the deep tissue massage techniques can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, such as:
- Muscular and joint injuries such as sprains and strains
- Postural related pain
- Golfers and tennis elbow
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Back pain
An increase in local blood circulation which helps to flush out chemical irritants and waste products which have stored up within the muscle. At the same time, fresh blood flow increases oxygen and nutrient content within the muscle. This in turn can help with muscle repair and leads to a reduction in muscle tension.
Compression techniques can also influence blood flow and nerve reflexes within the muscle, which when stimulated leads to a relaxation effect within the muscle itself.
When a muscle is tight it can irritate nerve receptors within the muscle. This in turn can lead to feelings of muscular pain and discomfort. Therefore, reducing muscular tension can lead to a reduction in nerve irritation and a reduction in muscular pain and discomfort.
Reducing muscular tension and increasing localised blood flow can lead to an increase of range of movement around the associated joint. This is good news for sports and fitness participants as increased range of movement is linked to increased sports performance and reduction in injury rates.
- Reduction in muscle tension, muscular pain and discomfort
- Increased range of motion, leading to enhanced performance
- Decreased muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise or physical activity
- Reduced recovery time post injury
- Increased levels of relaxation and reduction in physical and psychological stress levels
- Aids sleep quantity and quality
What happens during your appointment?
A full history of your condition will be discussed and after an appropriate assessment of the area an individual treatment plan will be discussed, then implemented by providing massage. If I feel that an alternative action may be required, for example referral to a doctor I shall do so.