Sports Massage can help aid your recovery from injury, assist in your rehabilitation and prevent an injury from reoccurring.
What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is the application of various hand techniques with the aim being to alleviate the stress and tension that accumulates in soft tissues.
Sports massage is not just for athletes, anyone can benefit. The aim of sports massage is to correct imbalances in soft tissue which generally arise from repetitive and strenuous activity. Triggers can include but are not exclusive to; stress, occupation, posture and day to day activities e.g. walking the dog.
What should I expect from my Sports Massage?
You will initially be asked about your general health, any previous injuries, occupation and your activity level/sport. Following the initial questions you will be asked what area you would like to be massaged and what problems, if any, you are experiencing with this area.
The massage will begin with light palpation of the area to feel for areas of tension. The therapist will then gradually work deeper into the tissues depending on the findings. Communication will be maintained throughout to ensure that you are comfortable, the pressure being applied is appropriate, and that any specific areas of pain are identified.
On conclusion of the massage the therapist may give you advice on further treatment, any stretches that may help you and to ensure you drink plenty of water following the massage.
Why Choose Sports Massage
Anyone can benefit from sports massage. Massage can help with reducing muscular discomfort and imbalances which may arise through sport, work, or personal accident.
Some benefits of sports massage include:
- Release of muscular tension and discomfort
- Improve drainage of waste products
- Reduce discomfort of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
- Improve posture and flexibility
- Pre-event preparation and post-event recovery
- Regular sports massage may help prevent injuries which may otherwise be caused by overuse