Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense than other massage approaches.
It focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas. Sports massage helps prevent injuries, treat injuries already incurred and improve well-being within the patient.
Sports Massage is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving kneading and manipulating of soft tissues, stretching, compression and friction, toning and trigger point response techniques. It can also help to break up and eliminate scar tissue.
The City Way Health Clinic in Rochester has a highly qualified Sports Massage Therapist in Chris Domoney who offers a vast amount of experience. Chris works closely with our Osteopathic team to provide a complete package of care for patients suffering from a wide range of injuries relating to sports, work or leisure activities.
Would Sports Massage benefit me?
Anyone can benefit from Sports massage. 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. This physical activity does not only include playing sports. Many activities we do in our everyday life will cause problems including manual working, gardening and computer usage, to name a few.
People in physically demanding jobs may develop many similar characteristics to sports injuries. Those in not so physical jobs may also benefit as they can have stress which is occupational, emotional or postural related.
Where minor injuries and strains occur, due to overexertion or overuse, sports massage can break them down quickly and effectively. It can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement.
Sports Massage for the Athletes
Regular sports massage is part of the training programme of all top sports people. Massage is effective at bringing about optimum performance in the athlete as well as benefiting them in the following ways:-
To help the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility a maintenance massage treatment programme concentrating on particular muscle groups is beneficial.
Pre-event treatment is used as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up and enhances circulation and reduces excess muscle and mental tension prior to the event. Post-event massage is used to reduce the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur within the athlete during their competition.
Sports massage can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process of muscles which have cramped, torn, bruised or ache.