What is sports massage?
A massage treatment that is used to stimulate inactive muscles, improve soft tissue condition and stretch tight muscles. As the name suggests it is often popular with athletes and sporting personal. However as it improves flexibility, assists recovery and prevents injury anyone can benefit from a sports/remedial massage.
Benefits of Sports Massage
A range of techniques used including, soft tissue release, myofascial release techniques, deep friction, trigger pointing and muscle energy techniques as well as a number of different manual techniques, Sports massage is able to help in the following ways:
- Reduce aches and pains
- Relieve muscle tensions
- Prevent injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments
- Improve posture
- Reduction of scar tissue
- Improve range of motion and mobility
Rehabilitating injuries with manual techniques including
- Lower back pain
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Calf muscle strain
- Shin splints
- Hamstring and Quadricep strain
- ‘tennis’ elbow
- Stress Fractures
Sports and remedial massage may be explained as the skilled, manual, therapeutic application of soft tissue remedial techniques that are selected and performed after careful consultation, recording of medical history and appropriate general and specific assessment.
With all massage treatments, the therapist will adapt the pressure and techniques used to suit the your individual needs and preferences.
What to expect
Your therapist will conduct a full consultation, asking questions and about your health and lifestyle, to ensure treatment is right for you. During consultation some range of movement tests may be conducted. Therefore it is advisable to wear something comfortable such as shorts and a t-shirt.