Sports massage treats those aching muscles and painful knots that we all get from time to time, either due to physical exertion, repetitive actions in the workplace, long-distance driving, or habitual behaviours such as slouching. This kind of therapy can be beneficial to almost anyone. You don't have to be sporty to have a sports massage. Tissue dysfunction is often caused by things like bad posture or sedentary lifestyles, so don't feel as though this therapy isn't for you. Athletes find this kind of therapy complements their training. It helps keeps muscles supple and healthy, prepares them for the next event, and reduces the risk of injury.
If it is your first visit you will be required to fill in a consultation form to make sure it is safe to proceed with the massage. This will be followed by a postural assessment, where you will be observed standing naturally to see if there are any obvious muscular imbalances. You are advised to bring sports shorts to wear for this part of the session. Next you will lie on the couch and the main problem area, usually back or legs will be massaged. There will also be some trigger point therapy if any painful knots are found, and there may be some gentle stretches.
Almost anyone can benefit from a sports massage. The goal of this treatment is to reduce pain and stiffness in tissues, assist with elimination of metabolic waste products, keep muscles supple and improve range of motion. If you are an athlete, sports massage can help prevent injury, can speed up the healing of damaged tissues and muscles, and can improve performance potential. There is often confusion whether a client would be better seeing a sports or remedial massage therapist. In very simple terms, both can address aching muscles and trigger points and other kinds of tissue dysfunction. However, if you have sustained a tissue injury such as a sprain, strain, or have limited range of movement or chronic pain then you need remedial treatment.
There are certain instances where it is inadvisable to have a massage, or where seeking your GPs permission before your appointment will be necessary. Please refer to the Contraindications page to see if any of your medical conditions fall within this group. This is essential to avoid disappointment at the time of your appointment as I will not be able to proceed with the treatment if you have a contraindicated condition and no written permission from your GP.
Sports massage will not be given in cases of fever, infectious diseases, diarrhoea or vomiting, deep vein thrombosis, pregnancy, or cancer.
Please note that this treatment will require you to remove clothing. Please bring sports shorts for the postural observation.