Sport Massage

Sport Massage

Introduction

Sport Massage otherwise known as Deep Tissue Massage, is an advanced form of Swedish Massage, popularised by its use on professional athletes. Nowadays, most therapists including, Beauticians, Complementary Therapists, Sports Therapists, and Physiotherapists, are qualified in Sports Massage. The fact is a Sports Massage may well be one of a number of techniques used in a massage therapy treatment. There is a misconception that Sports Massage is painful, but the old mantra, “No pain, no gain,” has been abandoned a long time ago. Some techniques may be uncomfortable, but they should not generate pain. It is paramount that there is good communication between the therapist and client, in order to achieve the desired result while still having a comfortable and pleasant experience.

The main focus of Sport Massage Penzance is to eliminate pain and dysfunction within specific muscle groups around the clients’ skeletal body, and to enhance performance. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a casual jogger. Sport massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open up, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to recover quicker.

Qualifications

Before anyone can train in any Sport Massage techniques, they need to gain the prerequisite qualifications of Anatomy and Physiology (A&P), and Swedish massage. Both fields of study form the foundation for more advanced forms of massage study. An understanding of anatomy enables the therapist to be familiar with the different structures of the body and their specific characteristics. Physiology empowers the therapist to understand their functions and their role in maintaining the Homeostasis. Both A&P and Swedish massage are linked together so that students have a good knowledge and command over them, in order to provide a safe environment and practice for massage clients.

Physical therapists who are qualified in Sports Massage are all capable of addressing specific problems, such as chronic muscle pain, injury, and rehabilitation. Individual therapists may choose to undertake different specialised branches of Sports Massage training, in order to build their own customised treatment regime. Each individual therapist depending on his or her education, natural ability, aims, personality, and intuition tailors each massage session to each individual client.

Swedish Massage

Swedish technique uses a lubricant to glide over the skin, either on a superficial layer (light pressure) or a deeper layer (firm pressure). Other techniques used are kneading of the muscles, vibration or percussion to stimulate the muscles, and passive and/or active joint movements. All of these techniques used are intended to facilitate the circulation of blood and lymph, decrease muscle spasm and spasticity, reduce levels of stress hormones, and provide a generalised sense of relaxation for the client.

Effects Of Sports Massage

Deep tissue massage generally focuses on a deeper layer of musculature, fascia and nerve routes. Fascia is a membrane or sheathe present throughout the body and surrounds both individual muscles and groups of muscles as well as the viscera. Fascia can become scarred, dehydrated and inoperative in various areas of the body, causing symptoms of pain and a limited range of motion.

Sports Massage Techniques

Some of the specialised Sports Massage strategies, include Myofascial release, Trigger Point Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Muscle Energy Techniques to name just a few. The ability to use wide-ranging techniques, enables me to work with clients troubled by more diverse issues caused by illness or trauma other than sport or work-related musculoskeletal injuries. Ailments such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, diabetes, insomnia, and headaches respond well to massage therapy.

Here at Essential Therapy I use sport massage, assisted stretching and other soft tissue modalities; to assist clients to recover from sport and work related activity. Depending on the required outcome sport massage can be divided into four main categories:

Immediately before physical activity (Pre-Event)
Between activities i.e. triathlon or tournament (Inter-Event)
Immediately after activity (Post-Event)
Injury prevention (Therapeutic)

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