Sports Massage

What is Sports Massage

Sports Massage is a deep tissue massage which manipulates the skin, works deep within the muscles and surrounding soft tissues; including muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia, realigning the muscle fibres and connective tissue. It also aids in flushing away toxins from the body

Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problematic areas and imbalances in soft tissue that are often caused from repetitive movement patterns and strenuous physical activity or trauma.

Massage increases joint mobility, increases muscle flexibility, reduces muscle tightness and decreases the risk of injury during exercise.

Why Sports Massage?

A Sports massage is ideal to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and used as a preventative treatment promoting optimal muscle health, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of soft tissues of the body and quality of posture.

Who would benefit from Sports Massage?

Anyone can benefit from Sports Massage, from children to the older population, you do not need to be involved in Sport to benefit from Sports Massage. This type of treatment can assist in the recovery from injury or help in the correction of postural imbalances from repeated postures of everyday life or occupation.

Sports Massage Techniques:

The stroking movements in massage suck fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels. By increasing the pressure in front of the stroke, a vacuum is created behind. This is especially important in tight or damaged muscle tissue as a tight muscle will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair.

Increased tissue permeability - Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker.

Stretching - Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up.

Break down scar tissue - Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can affect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain.

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.

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.

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. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.

Sports Massage can help:

Therapist Qualifications

All our therapists are registered have attained a minimum qualification of a BSc (Hons) dregree in their relevant fields, so you can rest assured our knowledge and skills are to the highest standard.

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