Preparing, training or recovering from a sporting event? Or just some general tension? Either way, a deep tissue massage can be a great adjunct to your treatment and training.
= A firm pressure massage is used through the muscles in the body for therapeutic effect.
It is important to know that this can benefit both the athletic and non-athletic population.
The benefits of a sports massage
- Increased blood flow to the muscles, to help promote healing
- Stress relief
- Reduced isolation
- Improved sleep due to the above
- Reduction in pain. This occurs through changes in our central nervous system and how our brain/body responds to pain.
- Help to ease the symptoms and pain of DOMs (delayed onset muscle soreness) typically worse 24-72 hours after an intense bout of exercise.
- A temporary increase in range of motion. This may help to facilitate active/passive stretching and a short term improvement in performance for some individuals.
- Whether you are feeling tension from work related stress or you are training for your first marathon – anyone can benefit from this form of treatment
- This is totally up to the individual.
- If you are training hard for something, it may be helpful to have them a little more frequently.
- We have a mixture at the clinic. This ranges from once a fortnight, monthly or every 6 weeks.
- Sometimes having a regular routine can be helpful.
- Otherwise, you can simply call up when you feel you need one!
- It is crucial to realise that massage treatment should be used as an adjunct to a rehabilitation program.
- This means it cannot replace strength training, stretching or specific drills used for your injury or training program
- Even though massage gives you a temporary feeling of increased flexibility; dynamic and static stretching are still extremely important.
- “It can break down scar tissue” – nope. No form of manual therapy can do this. This type of adhesion is extremely strong. The relief you feel is likely to be due to the changes within the muscle.
- “It will help me to perform better” – this may be a sensation some feel from massage which is great; but it will not be able to do this in isolation or in the long-term.
**If you have been experiencing pain that does not seem to be getting better or has not responded to a sports massage very well; be sure to book an assessment so we can figure out your diagnosis. We will then know whether this is an appropriate treatment. We can then go through a rehabilitation program with you to ensure you get back to being your best!**
Thanks for reading.