Sports Massage is a therapy that focuses on the manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the
body (muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia) to effectively reduce muscle tension, alleviate stress and restore
balance to the musculoskeletal system.
In areas of chronic muscle tension or injury there is reduced blood flow and limited range of movement, which causes pain and inflammation. Massage physically breaks down any scar tissue and adhesions in these areas, increasing circulation, which speeds up the healing process and allows greater freedom of movement. Sports massage combines traditional deep tissue massage techniques with some of those used by Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists.
Is Sports Massage just for sports people? Definitely not! Western life these days can be very demanding on the body. You can get an injury from a simple daily task such as gardening, driving, decorating, lifting children or being stuck at a desk for too long. Also the pressure we find ourselves under easily manifests in the body's muscles, which is why more and more people are suffering with tension headaches, tight back, shoulder or neck, sore hip and leg muscles. Sports Massage addresses all these situations and benefits people in all walks of life, not just those involved in sports.
At all levels of sport, Sports Massage is a necessity rather than a luxury as it ensures muscles are in peak condition and irons out any niggles which may develop into injuries. Sports Massage is a great preventative treatment as it means you can train more often with less chance of injury. It can also be used as pre- and post- event to enhance performance and significantly reduce delayed onset muscle soreness.
Common conditions treated with with Sports Massage:
- Strains and sprains
- Back and neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Frozen Shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Tennis/Golfers Elbow (lateral and medial epicondylitis)
- Runners Knee (iliotibial band syndrome)
- Knee injuries (cruciate and collateral ligament sprain, meniscus tear, Osgood Schlaters Disease)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis (foot surface pain)
- Achilles tendon problems
- Pregnancy related hip and back pain
- Treatment after injuries and accidents