Sport Massage Therapy - FAQ
How does it work?
Sports massage breaks down adhesions in the soft tissue, which often develop from overuse.
Overuse injuries are common in activities that create repetitive motion of joints and soft tissue.
Microtrauma can build in the muscle tissue, particularly in areas of weakness, which over time can develop into tightness and areas of tension.
Deep tissue massage techniques help to break down these areas of tension, bringing blood to the area and allowing the body to heal and repair?
Who would benefit from Deep Tissue Massage or Sports Massage?
Pretty much anybody! Regardless of where you are an elite athlete, mother of two or retired person everyone can benefit from a Sports Massage. Common conditions that respond well to treatment are:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Upper and lower back pain
- Tension headaches
- Knee pain (runners knee)
- Shoulder pain (swimmers shoulder)
- Tight calves / hamstrings / ITB
- RSI in forearms, hands and wrists
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
When should I have a sports massage?
In an ideal world, we’d have massage every week to flush out all those microtraumas before they become niggles and keep the muscles in good condition. In reality however, and often down to time and cost, most people will visit a therapist when something starts to worry them.
More often than not, it takes a lot longer to treat a full-blown injury than an early niggle, so if you feel a problem brewing, book an appointment sooner rather than later.
WHAT TYPES OF SPORTS MASSAGE ARE THERE?
Pre-event massage - Pre-event massage is just as you’d expect – a massage in the lead up to a big race. Usually, this is a few days to a few hours ahead. Typically pre-event massage will be energising and not too deep to prepare your muscles and joints for the race ahead.
Post-event massage – Post event massage is often available after races to help you on the road to recovery. As well as treating niggles that may have flared up in the race, post-event massage will soothe and ease tired muscles and help to prevent DOMS.
Maintenance massage – Regardless of your level of sport, maintenance massage is something to consider factoring into your training week. This type of massage helps to treat tissue structures that have become shortened, tight and painful and will help to improve performance and prevent injury.
Injury treatment - Sports massage can also be used to treat specific soft tissue injuries and help to reduce recovery time. A good Sports Massage Therapist has a lot of tools in their armoury to treat injury, from trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, tissue release to K-Taping.