Massage therapy is an excellent means of reducing pain from muscle tightness and injury. It reduces stress and improves circulation, improving overall well-being. Massage therapy can be used as a treatment in itself, or can be used in conjunction with other Physical Therapy methodologies to form part of an overall treatment plan.
Sports massage is ideal for pre- and post- events, helping athletes to prepare and recover from their chosen sport. Pre-event sports massage can help to improve flexibility by working to loosen tight muscles, stimulate circulation and generally reduce the stress and tension that can build up during training. The specific muscles that an athlete uses in their sport can be targeted with the aim of preventing injury during the event and improving performance.
Post-event, a sports massage helps to release tension in over-worked muscles. Circulation and lymph flow is improved (encouraging the elimination of waste products in the system such as lactic acid) and inflammation decreased, helping to reduce the effect of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and reduce the recovery time after injury.
A post-event massage should ideally be done as soon as possible after an event.
Regular sports massage sessions can help an athlete maintain their flexibility and range of motion and reduce risk of injury.
A sports massage should take place no later than 2 – 3 days prior to an event as there may be some pain and stiffness directly after this type of work. This time-frame allows the tissues to recover fully and be in peak condition before the event. Make sure to book your appointment in plenty of time before the event.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage works deep into the soft tissue to release tension, improve flexibility and encourage a feeling of overall wellness.
Deep tissue treatments can be used to target specific problems such as neck and shoulder pain from poor posture, pain from repetitive stress, arthritic pain etc. It can also be used as an aid to maintaining good soft-tissue health in general, a regular full-body deep tissue massage will help to keep the whole body flexible and relaxed and less prone to injury and dysfunction.
As with sports massage, there may be some pain and stiffness following a deep tissue treatment. Clients should be prepared to allow a day or two to recover before the benefits of the massage are felt.