Sports Massage involves the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues, including muscles, tendons and ligaments. The main effects upon the body are:
- Increased circulation to the local area
- Increased lymphatic flow- resulting in a reduction in swelling around joints and muscles
- Helps in the removal of waste products after exercise
- Assists in the correct formation of scar tissue
Massage is not only for sports performers but may also help to relieve day to day problems such as repetitive strain injuries, chronic pain and restricted range of motion. Deep tissue massage aims to affect the superficial and deep layers of muscle as well as fascia and other structures. These treatments can be quite intense due to the therapist focussing on a particular area for a prolonged period of time.
Sports massage may help to prevent injury through targeting specific areas of muscular imbalance or tightness (knots in the muscle) and correcting posture through making the individual aware of how they sit, stand, walk or run.
Massage will sometimes be used alongside myofascial release or Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching which aim to restore the tissue to optimum length. Following treatment the area will be stretched and the clients will be advised on techniques to use at home in order to aid recovery.