Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy / Massage Therapy
Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy
Is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments. This leads to the healing process which begins at the cellular level aiding soft tissues in repairing, restoring functional intergrity and adapting back to health.
It is applicable not just to sports people but to anybody wishing to guard against or recover from a soft tissue injury. The techniques used by sports massage practitioners have been developed to ensure effective and efficient results are gained from each massage given. Treatment is specific and individualised to the client to give maximum therapeutic change.
Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy may:
- Improve circulation and lymphatic flow
- Assist in the removal of metabolic waste
- Sedate or stimulate nerve endings
- Alter muscle tone
- Increase muscle length
- Remodel scar tissue
- Assist in mental preparation for sporting participation
You do not need to be a sports performer to benefit from Soft Tissue Therapy. The benefits above can also help relieve the many day to day aches and pains we incur from hours spent at the computer or lifting and straining during the working day; including postural changes, repetitive strain injury, sprains, tension, fatigue and stress. Many sports massage therapists work with a great range of clients in assisting with preventive treatment and injury recovery.
If you are a sports performer, of any level, a sports specific massage can be beneficial at various stages of participation. For example:
- The conditioning / training phase
- Pre competition
- Inter competition
- Post competition
- Post travel
- Injury prevention/recovery
Regardless of your experiences in sport or exercise, whether you exercise socially or compete to an international level – sports and remedial massage therapy may have something to offer you.
Sports massage therapists will be able to identify anyone for whom treatment would be ill-advised or detrimental to their short or long-term well-being. Each individual be assessed and receive the appropriate massage techniques, and advice on alternative action if required.