Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy
Everyone suffers with muscular aches, pains or an injury from time to time. These are often associated with over-activity or in-activity of muscle groups that can occur due to occupational/recreational and some people suggest, emotional stresses. Conditions that are not diagnosed and treated may in some circumstances lead to long-term chronic problems associated with muscular or postural imbalances.
The primary purpose of massage is to help alleviate the stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments). Strains and sprains can be dealt with in the early stages with appropriate technique. Over-use injuries may respond to massage in conjunction with therapeutic exercise by the alleviation of abnormal movement patterns.
Sports massage involves the manipulation of soft tissue for injury prevention and therapeutic purposes; it can restore the normal functional activity of various structures around the body. Sports Massage Therapy, although of major benefit to all sports and exercise participants in their recovery from training and/or injury, is also beneficial to those with physically demanding or sedentary jobs, as well as those suffering from the occupational, emotional or postural stresses of everyday life.
Remedial Massage Therapy uses a full range of techniques for the treatment of acute injuries, or when a problem seems to linger (becomes chronic). It is extremely effective when treating conditions such as a sore neck and shoulders, back ache, hip, knee and ankle problems, etc. Chronic muscular aches and pains may respond positively to effective and appropriate massage technique.
Anybody can be treated providing there are no pre-existing conditions which will contra-indicate treatment. An initial consultation and brief patient history will establish whether Sports Massage Therapy is the appropriate treatment to use.
- Improved Muscle Balance & Postural Awareness;
- Relief for Tired and Aching Muscles;
- Improved Circulation & Lymphatic Flow, speeding up the removal of metabolic waste;
- Sedation or Stimulation of Nerve Receptors, promoting greater muscle relaxation or faster response;
- Improved Muscle Flexibility, Range and Freedom of Joint Movement;
- Injury Prevention and Recovery, through regular monitoring muscle condition;
- Reduced Tension, Stress and Anxiety levels, promoting a general feeling of well-being.
Sports Massage Therapy is beneficial at various stages of participation.
- The Conditioning/Training Phase, improving recovery time between training sessions by assisting the removal of lactic acid. This alleviates muscular tension, promoting relaxation;
- Pre/Inter/Post Competition, assisting an athlete with the preparation, participation and completion of an event;
- Post Travel, helping to relax or fire up an athlete following a long journey;