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Sports Massage can otherwise be described as Soft Tissue or Deep Tissue Therapy; is a form of tissue manipulation and joint mobilisation.
More specifically, sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue. Such issues are usually caused by repetitive strain, trauma or strenuous physical activity.
Sports Massage increases blood flow, discourages waste build-up, relieves muscle tension and can help to reduce stress.
CAUSES OF STRESS
RSI - Soft tissue injuries/imbalances can be a result of putting stress on a particular area of the body, leading to pain, muscle soreness and limits to your normal range of motion.
Trauma - Can be anything from a sprain or strain to the aftermath of a fracture. Connective tissue, such as skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia are all forms of soft tissue that can be damaged after a sudden trauma.
Massage can release muscle tension, break up adhesions in the muscles and improve the speed of recovery for a better quality of movement.
HOW TO TREAT ISSUES
There is a wealth of evidence to suggest that the application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise can have an enhanced effect on performance as well as aiding recovery and preventing injury.
If issues are left untreated, problems can become chronic leading to an increase in painful symptoms as well as increasing the damage, thus lengthening the phase of repair. Injuries can often lead to imbalances due to compensatory physical activity, creating a ripple effect on the body’s ability to freely function.
If you are at the stage where painful symptoms are disrupting your lifestyle - I can help with that.
As a qualified therapist and personal trainer, I can assist you by conducting a face-to-face picture assessment to gather information along with your symptom description and devise a treatment plan.
How We Help Our Clients
REPAIR AND RECOVERY
You may have just finished a race - you might have undergone a period of intensive training, putting your body through its paces. You might have accumulated some acute injuries or ‘niggles’ along the way.
You probably would have heard of a substance called lactic acid. Without boring you of the science behind it - along with a build up of this and other waste materials in the muscles can result in DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness). You might experience stiffness or swelling. Massage can help flush out this build up and increase blood flow, improving your quality of movement and increase your range of motion.
SPEED UP RECOVERY - REMOVE WASTE - DECREASE DOMS
Treatment may not be necessary to address a specific issue, however you may partake in an activity that puts your body under regular strain. Schedule in regular sessions to maintain your quality of movement and ensure maximum efficiency in your training.
MAINTENANCE - EFFICIENT TRAINING - MOVEMENT QUALITY
Rehabilitation sessions are dedicated to soft tissue injury post trauma. In the event of a strain, sprain, fracture - soft tissue can become damage or torn. Your body is a wonderful vessel that will undoubtedly repair itself. However, due to lack of mobility the soft tissue making up your muscles can ‘tighten up’. Formation of scar tissue can also be a cause of lack of mobility or discomfort.
I would recommend regular visits to help with the degeneration of such tissue build up or relief of myofascial adhesion or hypertonicity (what you might feel as a tender area in a muscle or joint stiffness as limited range of motion).
TISSUE DAMAGE - SCAR TISSUE - MOBILISATION
Regular intensive training can take a toll on the body, especially if the body does not have sufficient recovery.
Whether you are an athlete or serious about fitness, you can benefit from massage to improve your training.
You can also use massage as an immediate stimulus to prepare or recover with pre or post event treatment:
Pre event massage is an effective stimulus to get the body in a ready state for exercise. Stimulating the muscles encourages blood flow, increases tissue elasticity, improves joint mobilisation and increases joint range of motion. Massage can also aid stress in competitive circumstances.
Post event is administered immediately after an event. It supports the process of waste removal and helps to flush out lactic acid buildup. Massage will help to reduce post-exercise soreness and improve range of motion and blood flow to tight muscles. It also can give the athlete a big psychological lift.
PRE EVENT - POST EVENT - MAXIMISE PERFORMANCE
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