Sports Massage

 

Regular massage will help you maintain a healthier body, prevent injuries, restore mobility to injured muscle tissue, and boost your performance.

What is Sports Massage?

Sports Massage is the manipulation and stretching of muscle and connective tissues for the purpose of enhancing functions of the body such as movement and performance.  It enables us to get the most from of our  muscles.

Why might you need a massage?

When a muscle feels tight, tender, weak or painful it is a sign that it's congested.  Muscle that is congested does not function at its full potential and will hold you back in carrying out a specific task be it athletic performance or a day to day activity.  Deep tissue sports massage can help to decongest and improve the condition of the muscle which will alleviate the symptom

Sports massage can help everybody!

Sports massage is not only for sports people.  Anyone who is experiencing everyday levels of strain and stress will benefit. Deep tissue massage releases muscular congestion and pain, aids the lymphatic system, improves circulation and enhances the functional quality of muscle tissue.

How do muscles become congested?

  • frequent or intense training
  • everyday use leading to general stiffness
  • inefficient and incorrect use of the body or poor posture
  • postural imbalances
  • previous injury or trauma
  • under-developed/over-developed muscle

If you are an athlete there is no doubt that sports massage will have an enormous impact on your performance.  It's unique advantages are prevention of injury, controlling repetitive strain and overuse syndromes. Regular treatment allows you to train to your full potential and recover optimally. Sports massage will help you by ensuring your muscles are in peak condition to allow you to perform to your best ability.

Sports  Massage

  • Sports Massage is designed to aid recovery from training and/or injury.
  • It is a treatment which helps alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body's tissues during physical exercise.
  • Deep layers of muscle tissue are massaged using a variety of techniques, assisting the removal of built up lactic acid and treating soft tissue injuries.
  • Soft tissues are made up of many individual fibres called tissue cells. When these cells are put under stress, such as overload, emotional, occupational and postural, they are at risk of becoming injured. When the fibres do become injured they are repaired by scar tissue. This can cause adhesions between fibres (referred to by many as knots) impairing the correct functioning of the muscle and eventually leading to muscle imbalance and pain. These injuries often occur at microscopic level and take some time to develop before pain is felt.

The following techniques are used

  • Soft Tissue Release (STR): stretches muscles, breaks adhesions between individual muscle fibres and realigns them in the correct position.
  • Muscle Energy Technique (MET):
  • stretches, strengthens and breaks down scar tissue adhesions. This technique encourages a state of relaxation which allows the muscle to stretch beyond its current ability, however, does not allow flexibility beyond normal for that person.

  • Neuromuscular Technique (NMT):
  • retrains the nervous system by nerve inhibition. This technique promotes a state of relaxation in the muscle fibres being treated, which has a knock on effect to the whole muscle. This reduces the level of muscle tension.
  • Connective Tissue Massage (CTM): breaks adhesions between the connective tissue (which surrounds every tissue structure in the body) and the tissue structures underlying so that they move freely and independently of one another. 

What are the benefits of sports massage?

Physical Benefits:

  • Released Trigger Points - Chronically contracted muscle tissue will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair. The stroking movements in trigger point therapy create a vacuum that sucks blood through the blood vessels and lymph vessels carrying the much needed nutrients to the muscles and relaxing the muscle fibers.

  • Opens micro-circulation - Massage does increase blood flow to tissues, but so does exercise. What massage also does is open or dilate the blood vessels and by stretching them this enables nutrients to pass through more easily.

    Improve tissue elasticity - Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic. This is one reason why hard training may not result in improvements. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues

Physiological Benefit

  • Pain reduction - Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the bodies endorphins.

  • Relaxation - Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Regular massage can teach you to consciously recreate this state of relaxationin your daily life.

Psychological Benefits:

  • Relief of Anxiety - relaxation creates a sense of wellbeing and breaks the stress cycle which reduces anxiety levels.

  • Invigorating - if massage is done with brisk movements such as what would be done before an event, it can produce an invigorating feeling which boosts one's performance.