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What is a Sports Massage?

We know from our myth buster post on Monday that you do not need to play sport to have a Sports massage. It is, however, difficult to know which type of massage to opt for as there are so many different varieties on offer. We will delve into Sports massage a little here, but if you are unsure up to the point of attending your appointment, you can discuss your problem with Maia & the massage can be adapted accordingly to suit your needs.

Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person typically engaged in regular physical activity. It is often more area specific than other forms of general massage. It is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue caused from repetitive and/or strenuous physical activity and trauma, involving various massage techniques to help aid recovery from activity or increase range of movement (ROM). With an in-depth knowledge of anatomy & physiology, the massage therapist can control their strokes for each muscle and body area, targeting & focussing on specific problem areas that have built up over longer periods of time due to high training volume, trauma, muscle imbalance or poor biomechanics.

Though many sports people have massage to aid their recovery after events or training, it can also be used by the general public to help aching muscles. When lifting at work or maintaining a prolonged position such as sitting in front of a computer, your muscles are working hard, and can develop delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). DOMS can begin 24-48 hours after your muscles have worked and can often be uncomfortable. Sports massage is known to reduce this discomfort and reduce the effects of your week at work or build up of stress. Sports massage also helps with ROM. When paired with stretching and conditioning, the three can help to keep your body healthy & enhance the overall outcome of treatment.

So whilst Sports massage is very effective for recovery from & enhancement of sport, you do not have to do sport to have a Sports massage. The issues that would benefit from a Sports massage arise from everyday life, stress & work in addition to sport.

Call Harbourside Physiotherapy today to have a conversation about whether massage is the right route for you…

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