Sports Massage is not only used on athletes, amateur or professional sportsmen and women but also used for the general public. Regular sports massage can help avoid overuse injuries and can be used as a medium for monitoring results.
Sports massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Sports Massage should play a very important part in any sports persons training programme. Through massage we can remove the build up of general aches and pains. The Therapist can use their hands to explore the tissues and find the problems that need to be dealt with, then with good treatment deal with them. This will not only help to improve performance but also prevent injuries and loss of mobility in potential troubled areas.
After the initial inflammatory stage, sports massage is a superb form of treatment, simply because it works the body’s own healing process. It will improve circulation and range of movement within the injured tissues. Manipulation will prevent adhesions forming, realigning scar tissue and a much faster recovery.
Massage has existed in one form or another since early civilisation. Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues and muscles of the body. It can be soothing or stimulating. It can affect the mind, body and spirit so it is regarded as a Holistic Treatment.
Swedish Massage is the most recognised form after being reintroduced in Europe by Per Henrik Ling in the late 18th Century.
Swedish massage is well known for both its physical and psychological and is used to treat a range of conditions ranging from headaches, both stress and postural related, relieving tight muscles from gardening, spending hours working hunched over a desk, driving long distances in a car or from specific injuries like falls, sports and accidents, so it requires experienced application.
Massage helps improve the blood circulation, and the removal of toxins (lactic acid) from the muscles, thus reducing muscle soreness and tension. Massage can also stimulate the skin and the nervous system, helping to remove stress, relaxing a person and giving them a feeling of well being.