So, what’s it all about?
Sports and remedial massage therapy is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is applicable not just to sports people but to anybody wishing to prevent or recover from soft tissue injuries, including those caused by stress and tension.
If you want to ensure correct healing and management of your injury, are fed up with constant aches and pains or simply want to look after your body then sports massage is for you!
Stress, Aches and Pains
Fed up with that niggling pain or achy back? Maybe you just feel a bit tight in the hips? Different from other forms of massage, the main focus of sports massage is to release tight muscles and other soft tissue that cause discomfort and injury. No injury is ‘sports-specific’ meaning anyone with a muscular ache or injury can benefit from a session. Whilst some injuries, aches and pains require ongoing treatment, many clients feel relief from their complaints from the very first session. There simply is no need for anyone to spend their life feeling sore and uncomfortable because of tight muscles!
Sports massage will help with:
Injury Rehabilitation, General Aches and Pains, Sciatica, Back ache, Stress Related Tension, Neck and Shoulder Tightness, Repetitive Strain Injuries, Recovery after Surgery, Hip and Knee Problems, Work-Related Posture Issues
Muscles need to be supple and fully mobile in order to function at the level required by athletes. If they become tight or go into spasm, extra pressure is put onto the tendons and ligaments, performance will drop and an injury will more than likely happen. Maybe not straight away, but at some point that strained tendon will pop, or that tight muscle will tear. Sports massage does exactly what you need it to do – keeps muscles supple and loosens tight areas before they cause a problem. Being aware of your ‘problem’ areas also allows you to focus extra stretching or strength training in that area, boosting your performance and ability even more. It’s the reason all top athletes have maintenance sports massage as part of their training routine. Add it to yours and be aware of all that’s going on beneath your skin. As an athlete that’s extremely beneficial knowledge to have!
If you have had the unfortunate experience of a sporting injury, you know how frustrating it is to take time out and recover. Adding sports massage to your rehabilitation programme will promote correct healing of your injury, and in some cases even speed recovery. Kelly can work alongside your physiotherapist or other health professional to deliver exactly what you need, exactly where you need it. Not only will sports massage encourage healthy repair of your injury, it will keep your muscles supple and make you aware of any other tight ‘problem’ areas so that you can adapt your training and work towards an injury free future. You have first-hand experience of the importance of looking after your muscles, and sports massage is vital for maintaining optimum muscle performance. Use sports massage to regain peak performance – and when you’re fully recovered, maintenance massage sessions will help to keep you at the top of your game!