With the ever-increasing interest in physical fitness it is inevitable that occasionally sports injuries do occur, whether these result from football, cycling, running or work outs in the gym. The sports massage can help with addressing injuries and recovery.
In the hands of a qualified and experienced sports massage therapist anyone can benefit including the weekend jogger to the semi, or fully, professional athlete, treatments being specific to the injury or strain and to the particular athlete's sport of choice. Focus is given to the areas of the body that are suffering from overuse or stress from repetitive or aggressive movements. The sports massage therapist works deep into the muscles, re-aligning muscle fibres and connective tissues, and releasing the toxins. Regular sessions will not only increase joint mobility and flexibility, but also reduce risk of injuries during exercise.
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Sports Massage FAQs
Sports massage and a deep tissue massage originate from the same roots. However, the sports massage has evolved to specifically address the treatment of injury, the therapist’s highly advanced understanding of the human anatomy enables them to focus on the affected areas, relieve muscle tension and re-align posture. At the end of a session the therapist will assess the improvement in your motion.
When your body is telling you that it is achy, stiff, your mobility is affected and you wish that you could loosen up and your posture could be improved – then you need a sports massage. You may be a professional athlete, a keen amateur or simply like to go to the gym once a week or so. In fact, it can be that your muscle tension or injury is due to your work, something as simple as bending over a keyboard at your work station. If you have a more serious injury then you will have consulted a medical practitioner and they may have discussed the benefits of having a series of sports massages alongside their own treatment.
An athletic massage is another name for a sports massage and these days more and more people are adding a sports massage, or athletic massage, to their regular wellbeing schedule to improve their performance, whether it is for their day to day life or to their pre-event and post event care. Muscular problems can be addressed by our highly qualified therapists and our regular clients know that they benefit greatly from such a regime.
Different techniques are used making certain that the best treatment is provided for each individual client with the simple aim of reducing pain and releasing muscle tension. The application of massage strokes, using the hands, elbows, fingers and thumbs exert moderate to strong pressure to target the areas of tension, strain and tightness.
A sports massage involves deep workings on the muscles, particularly in the specific areas which are currently causing you pain. Some discomfort is quite normal and does in fact indicate that the action of the therapist is working on the affected area. You may expect a little discomfort during your session and possibly for a few days following the massage. However, it should never cause you the level of pain that causes you to tense your muscles as this will counteract the benefits you should be gaining. Everyone has a different toleration of pain and so instruct your therapist if you are uncomfortable and ask for less pressure.
A sports massage is not just for people who do a sport, but for anyone with tight and sore muscles. It may of course follow an actual injury and the remedial sports massage will put you on the road to recovery as the sessions progress and you benefit from the easing of your symptoms and regain fitness. The sports massage therapy can be extremely beneficial in the time up to a special sporting event, generally around 4 – 7 days pre-event, this helps release the tension built up from your training period. Post-event it is believed to be best to wait 2 – 3 days, allowing sufficient time for your muscles to recover and re-adjust.
The term “knots” refers to the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles which in turn forms crystals, the sports massage therapist concentrates on the affected area in order to drain the muscles and clear the lactic acid and the crystals. Muscle knots are the result of overusing the muscles, or of course injuring them, alternatively a sedentary, inactive life-style or poor posture. A sports massage treatment breaks up the knotted tissues and calming the nerves which have become inflamed.
A sports massage can take one to two hours. Initially the therapist may wish to discuss the areas of concern to the client and the history. Generally, one-hour sessions are sufficient and the greatest benefits are felt when a series of sessions can be arranged. At the end of a course of treatment some clients like to make a 2-hour booking, concentrating on the affected areas for the first hour and enjoying a relaxing massage for the second hour.
At some massage and treatment premises the sports massage is more expensive, but at Manchester Massage the cost is still the same and currently on offer at £25 a 50% reduction on the full list price.
Back pain originates from a number of reasons and whether the client is a taxi driver or a sportsman, each is assessed by the therapist to alleviate the discomfort and give them a pain-free body. It may even be due to an injury or specific event, such as a vehicle collision. When the correct muscles are focused on by the therapist, a sports massage can help work through the muscle spasm or irritation and thereby improve mobility and range of motion.
Whether the client is an athlete or not, the benefits of a sports massage can be numerous. The increased flexibility gives better mobility through increasing the range of motion and the decrease of muscle tension, or even muscle spasms, results in improved sleep patterns and an overall sense of wellbeing.