Sports and Remedial Massage
Sports and remedial massage is an effective treatment for a range of musculoskeletal problems, including sports injuries, muscle tension, inflammation and stiffness. Of course, you don't need to be a sports person to benefit from sports and remedial massage.
- Back and Neck Pain
- Foot and Leg Pain
- Sports Injury Clinic
- Sports Massage
- Remedial Massage Therapy
- Structural Integration
What does sports massage treat?
Sports massage is not just treat common sports injuries such as shin splints, hamstring tears and tennis elbow, but also common conditions such as scoliosis and sciatica, as well as stress related conditions such as tension headaches and migraines, where appropriate, breathing and relaxation techniques to help release tight tissues. Whether you want to speed up recovery times to keep up with a training schedule for your next marathon, or triathlon, or just need to take a breather on the massage couch to get your sore shoulders fixed, if you're in Plymouth you might benefit by booking an appointment with us now.
Many people believe that sports massage is just for sports people, untrue!
Most of us carry a certain amount of muscular tension, pain, or stiffness, and both minor problems and injuries can be effectively helped We often get muscle injuries from every day activities, such as lifting or working in an office environment. Common ailments like headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and sciatica can all be treated using sports and remedial massage. Healthy muscle is a soft, gel-like substance, when muscle sustains injury or postural misalignment, the muscles are not adequately lubricated. This in turn causes pain, stiffness and dysfunction, as the body attempts to heal which can often cause further pain.
Richard is a Regisitered Physiotherapist and Greg is Registered with CSP for Sports Massage so don't worry, you're in experienced hands. We will quickly get a feel of what is 'right' for you and we never forget your sports or remedial massage is all about you and what is right for you
Sports Massage should play a very important part in any sports persons training programme. Through massage we can remove the build up of general aches and pains. The Therapist can use their hands to explore the tissues and find the problems that need to be dealt with, then with good treatment deal with them. This will not only help to improve performance but also prevent injuries and loss of mobility in potential troubled areas.
The Benefits of Sport & Remedial Massage
The stroking movements in massage suck fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels enhancing circulation. Pressure is increased in front of each stroke while a vacuum is created behind which acts like a pump. This is a crucial process for tight or damaged muscle tissue as a tight muscle will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy with which to repair.
Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourages the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker..
Massage restores muscle length and is more powerful for improving flexibility than traditional stretching methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways with massage which also stretches the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up. This impact on fascia is significant as injury research shows that fascia is responsible for a large percentage of injuries, chronic pain and ineffective response to treatment.
Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can affect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can then lead to inflexible tissues which are prone to re-injury and long-term pain.
Hard training and long-term exercising can make tissues hard and inelastic and this can reduce the gains expected from training, leading to plateaus and motivational lows. Massage helps to reset and maintain the natural elastic properties of soft tissue.