Whether you are a sports athlete or an office athlete, work or play we are hard on our bodies.
Whether you are suffering from an injury picked up during a sporting activity, achy shoulders from sitting in front of a desk all day, or from an accident during your daily activities, I may be able to help. Sports Massage Therapy can be beneficial to everyone, its commonly known title can be misleading. Techniques can help individuals to regain strength, flexibility and mobilisation.
Sports and Remedial Massage have both physiological and psychological benefits whether injured or not. Through the use of hands on techniques to manipulate muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues, the efficiency of the musculoskeletal system can be dramatically improved. Massage can help maintain the body in a better condition, prevent injury and loss of mobility, cure and restore mobility and flexibility after an injury, reduce pain and discomfort, help boost performance pre event, as well as extend the overall life of a sporting career. We can break sport and remedial massage therapy’s main uses into 3 loose topic groups, pre-event and post-event, restorative and rehabilitative. It is equally beneficial to a non-sports person for treating an injury received from everyday regular activities such as falling down the stairs or postural problems from an office work environment, to being involved in a road traffic accident.
Sports massage promotes stress and pain reduction through the release of endorphins through the directional stroking techniques employed. In this same way, tension and waste products are drained through the bodys immune system helping to reduce pain. Through generation of heat, muscles relax, circulation improves and a feeling of relaxation is achieved. This stimulation also helps to reduce anxiety levels.
Clinical reasoning is used to not only treat a problem but hopefully the underlying cause. It is therefore important for me to have as much information about each client’s medical history, job, daily activities and hobbies to help alleviate any pain. Trigger point therapy for example can be used to remove local tenderness as well as referred pain where a pain response is perceived at allocation other than the site of the pain stimulus. Education and knowledge leading to the ability to provide aftercare exercises and corrections in posture, can be paired with massage treatment to further the healing, and benefit the client in their everyday life.
Musculoskeletal dysfunction, musculoskeletal disorders and pain from everyday stresses on the body can be relieved by massage. With the pumping action produced by directional stroking techniques, as pressure is applied forwards, a vacuum is created behind. This sponge like squeezing motion of muscles allows fresh nutrient filled blood to circulate the dilated blood vessels helping injured muscles to recover quicker. Massage can help stretch muscle fibres, the sheaths and fascia surrounding them, in a way not possible by normal active methods improving tissue elasticity. Using massage the tissues can be separated and stretched in all directions. Scar tissue and adhesions from previous injury can be broken down releasing excessive tension and reducing inflexibility. Transverse strokes and friction enable this by literally tearing the bonded tissues apart. Employment of deep friction massage can target muscle tendon junctions to help promote the healing of connective tissues realigning muscle fibrils, encouraging good formation and improving flexibility.
Contraindications relate to conditions where massage must not be applied as it could increase symptoms or possibly cause further damage or complications. There are some general contraindications where massage cannot be applied at all, but mostly they are local conditions where only the affected area should be avoided. Please see the Prices page for more information.