Sports massage is a form of bodywork geared toward participants in athletics. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries.
WHAT CAN IT TREAT?
Sports Massage helps; speed up injury recovery, release unwanted muscle tension, increase blood circulation and lymph flow, relieve swelling, reduce post-activity fatigue, increase performance, promote flexibility and prevent future injuries. Sports massage can help with: ankle injury, groin injury, knee problems, muscle weakness, back pain, hamstring injuries, muscle tears and repetitive strain injury.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A SPORTS MASSAGE?
Sports massage is widely used by the athletic population for a variety of purposes such as injury prevention, recovery from fatigue, relaxation, and to increase performance.
However, sports massage is not just for athletes. It can be extremely beneficial for those suffering from everyday injuries, chronic pain, or restricted range of motion.
TYPES OF SPORTS MASSAGES
Maintenance sports massages are highly recommended as part of your training. These are normally booked as a course of regular massages to keep the muscles happy, loose and free from injury. They can be deeper massage working on breaking down scar tissue/adhesions/knots and releasing trigger points and any tightness within the muscle or fascia surrounding the muscle. As tension is released muscles can feel more free and flexible. Deeper sports massages can sometimes bring about short-lived soreness but then after leaving you feeling great with the sensation of new legs, back or arms!!!
This can be performed a day before or on the day prior to the event. It is normally not as deep as a typical maintenance massage. It works on aiding circulation into the muscles, improved length and flexibility and helping with preparing for the event.
This is highly beneficial following a hard session or an event. It can be performed immediately or the day or two after. It is normally lighter, more gentle and works on flushing out waste toxins by again aiding circulation, reducing D.O.M.S and aiding recovery
Injury - Soft tissue massage.
The technique of myofascial release and trigger point release can be important as part of your treatment for an injury. It can restore normal length, release the tension on muscles/fascia and aid recovery and repair. With most injuries, we tend to treat and mobilise the whole kinetic chain rather than just one individual muscle as muscles are all connected by fascia throughout the body.
Benefits Of Sports Massage:
Reduces stress, anxiety, tension
Loosens tight muscles
Increases range of motion and flexibility
Improves circulation of blood and lymph fluids around the body
Improves immune system
Promotes restful sleep