Sports Therapy involves the diagnosis of soft tissue injuries (muscles, ligament,tendons) and the subsequent treatment which will include some or all of the following, massage,manipulation,stretching and strengthening programmes.
The prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. 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 week jogger. Sports massage is also effective in reducing the onset of delayed onset muscle soreness DOMS which can affect how quickly you recover to train again.
This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).Sports massage involves the assessment of muscular disfunction which can lead to muscle tightness or weakness. It can also assist in the breakdown of scar tissue after injury or surgery.
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. The skilled therapist brings together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment, to work effectively with the client to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.