What is Sports/Remedial Massage?
This is the assessment, manual manipulation, rehabilitation, and management
of the soft tissues within the body (muscles, tendons & ligaments).
For thousands of years massage has been used as a treatment to deal with
soft tissue problems i.e. muscles, tendons & ligaments and the benefits
today are the same as they ever have been. Generally aches and pains are
caused by minor soft tissue problems. Although the soft tissue may recover
over time themselves this is quite often not the case, but developing into
more complex and serious matters. Massage has excelled over the many
thousands of years, as being a quick and effective way of treating soft
tissue problems to allow the body's own natural repair process to be
This is done by:-
- Increasing the blood
flow through or around the damaged soft tissue.
- Assist in the removal of waste products from soft tissue,
and then to supply the tissue with vital nutrients to help the area recover
- The re-modelling of scar tissue, around a problem area.
- The use of techniques to re-educate muscles so they stay at
their proper state.
- To restore
function back to the damaged tissues after an injury or trauma
has taken place.
- To prevent &
manage pain, injury, dysfunction within the soft tissue, and
give support and advice on exercise/training to help the
rehabilitation of the problem.
- To improve
self-awareness by helping a person monitor their own condition
and adjust things accordingly.
- To improve the
performance of that person whether they are an athlete or a
member of the general public.
of Sports/Remedial Massage
Help in the removal of metabolic waste from tissues.
Help to prevent injury.
Help to recover after an injury.
Improve self-awareness by monitoring your own condition.
Increase muscle elasticity and joint mobility.
Improve relaxation and stress relief.
Reduce muscle cramps/spasms
Relief from general aches & pains.
Minor injuries are the most common muscular-skeletal problem, and if they
are not treated in a correct and proper way. In the early stages they can
sometimes lead on to more serious complex matters in the long term.
Who would benefit from Sports/Remedial Massage?
As a sports & remedial massage therapist I deal with a wide variety of
clients from International Professional and amateur athletes, club sportsmen
to people who just need relief from the riggers of their day to day lives.
There are tight, sore neck & shoulder muscles which are the result of long
hours using a computer or driving. For older clients where years of bad
posture, or old injuries begin to catch them up or if you are about to start
a fitness regime and you want to be able to recover more quickly or improve
Local businesses that are going through stressful times in the year can
reward staff for their efforts by organising on site massage, to help with a
their occupational health matters.
There are many types of injuries that sports/remedial massage can help
General aches & pains
Sore lower back
Tightness in the neck/shoulders
Inflammation around joints
Formation of scar tissue
management of soft tissue injuries
After an injury a programme of treatment is designed using
specific massage and stretching techniques, all according to the
type of injury and the client's own objectives to be reached. The
client would be advised on specific strengthening/stretching
exercises, or any other type of training that would help improve the
I work within a referral system of physiotherapists, osteopaths,
chiropractors and GP's . This will help to ensure that the client will have the best treatment and
advice available to them, to reach the final objectives.