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Don’t let the name mislead you. Sports massage should really be referred to as ‘Soft Tissue Therapy’. 

Although it was originally developed to improve performance and treat sporting injuries, ultimately, Sports massage aims to combat the negative effects of repetitive actions and movements.

These repetitions can lead to muscular imbalances or lead to aches, pains, tension and injuries. 

Sports Massage is therefore advantageous to anyone whose daily routine involves repetitive activities. For example desk-based work and driving.

If you exercise regularly or intensely, Sports massage will help you recover better. It will also reduce risk of injury and improving performance.

Sports massage isn’t just for the athletic. If you are suffering from muscular aches and pains, or simply feeling stressed and overwhelmed – get in contact to discuss how you can benefit from massage therapy.

Sports massage is a form of massage which is used by athletes, recreational exercisers and the general public, to help prevent and treat musculoskeletal injuries.

Sports massage helps to keep muscles supple and joints mobile. This in turn can improve posture, flexibility and sporting performance.

The name can be misleading as Sports massage is not just for the athletic. The treatment you will recieve is better described as Soft Tissue Therapy. By manipulating the soft tissues,

Sports Massage can prevent and improve overuse injuries as well as niggling aches and pains that are affecting exercise and every day activities.

  • Injury prevention/rehabilitation
  • Improved sporting performance
  • Reduction of headaches
  • Reduced aches and pains
  • Relaxation
  • Stress reduction
  • Anxiety reduction
  • Improved circulation
  • Shoulder pain e.g. Frozen Shoulder/ Rotator Cuff injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscular Strains
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Tension headaches
  • Muscular imbalances
  • Poor posture
  • Chronic back pain/injuries
  • General aches and pains

Sports massage aims to combat the negative effects of repetitive actions and movements. These repetitions can lead to muscular imbalances, which in turn lead to aches, pains,  tension and injuries. It is therefore especially advantageous to anyone whose work routine involves repetitive activities e.g desk-based work and driving.

If you exercise regularly or intensely, Sports massage will help you recover better as well as reducing risk of injury and improving performance.

Sports massage is also great for parents who ache from carrying their children around all day.

Every client will have a different experience. From the initial consultation and assessment to the techniques used and the outcomes. Your experience will be based on your reason for getting a massage and your treatment plan will be personalised and specific to you.

Assessments and testing  

Postural assessments are used to identify any muscular imbalances that may be causing musculoskeletal issues.

Palpation is a method of feeling the soft tissues with the figures to find areas of tension, adhesions and potentially referred pain.

Range of motion (ROM) testing helps to assess the range of motion available at a specific joint. These tests can help to identify areas that may be tight/causing pain or restriction during movement.

Functional testing will look at the way you move e.g. squat, walk etc to further emphasise any muscular imbalances, weaknesses or tension.

Findings from these assessments and tests will help to guide the treatment plan for your appointment as well as aftercare advice.

These tests and assessments will typically be used for clients who are complaining of pain, injuries or restricted movement rather than those wanting a maintenance massage.  

Maintenance Massage

This is a more common treatment for sports massage clients who have some tension or muscular aches from exercise/daily activities but no sign of injury or pain.

A maintenance massage will consist mostly of a Deep Tissue Massage. During a Deep Tissue Massage, the techniques used will be similar to the sort of massage you would receive in a spa but with a firmer pressure and more attention paid to those knots and niggles (rather than skimming past them) – this part may be uncomfortable but shouldn’t be painful.

Pre-event & Post-event Sports Massage

A pre-event massage is used to stimulate and warm the muscles before physical activity where-as a post-event sports massage helps to reduce post-exercise soreness, improve blood flow and re–establish a full range of motion.

Soft Tissue Therapy

In addition to Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, there are many other soft tissue therapy techniques that may be used during your treatment.

This will depend on your specific requirements and may include:

Soft Tissue Mobilisation Techniques

Soft tissue mobilisation techniques focus on the manual manipulation of soft tissues. The main aim is to increase ROM often caused by adhesions.

Adhesions refer to abnormal adherence of soft tissue to surrounding structures. Adhesions can restrict normal movement and elasticity in affected structures and can occur through injury/trauma or under/over use.

Soft Tissue Release (active & passive)

Soft tissue release involves mobilisation of joints to stretch or mobilise a muscle (or specific area of it). The treated muscle is placed in a shortened position whilst the therapist applies direct pressure to restricted tissues. The closest joint is then moved through full ROM to create a stretch.  

Connective Tissue Massage (Myofascial release)

Connective tissue release focuses on treating the body as a whole rather than focusing on specific areas and aims to stretch the connective tissues. The point of stretch is held until an increase in tissue mobility is felt. Pressure applied with connective tissue massage is referred to as myofascial release.

Neuromuscular Techniques

Neuromuscular techniques are used during sports massage to affect the body’s stress sequence. These techniques aim to calm hyperirritability and reactivity of neurological components, enhancing flexibility and movement patterns.  

Trigger Point (TP) Therapy

A trigger point is a hyperirritable area in the muscle that can cause muscle weakness and reduced ROM. This results in sensory receptors being ‘over excited’ causing local/referred pain to be perceived.

The cause can be from postural imbalances leading to compensatory movement patterns, as well as overuse of muscles.

TP technique aims to deactivate the trigger point through application of direct pressure to the affected area. This temporarily starves the area of oxygen to reduce muscle spasm.  

Muscle Energy Techniques

Another form of neuromuscular techniques is Muscle Energy Technique (MET). This consists of assisted stretching aiming to lengthen a muscle that is limited by neurological restrictions.

There are two methods of application for MET; Post -isometric relaxation (PIR) and Reciprocal Inhibition (RI). Both methods involve isometric contraction. During PIR, the muscle being stretched is contracted whereas during RI, the opposite muscle to the one being stretched is contracted.  

With a genuine passion for helping others, I am able to quickly build trust and confidence with my clients which is imperative for the success of a treatment.

Having suffered two musculoskeletal injuries which had a significant impact on my overall health, I am able to empathise with my clients and provide realistic treatment plans and aftercare advice.  

I also understand that regular treatments can be expensive, so ensure that my rates remain competitive as well as offering regular savings and discounts to my clients in Norwich.

During your first appointment, I will conduct a range of assessments to establish a treatment plan, followed by applying a range of sports massage techniques and concluding with an ongoing treatment plan. 

You should allow an additional 15 minutes on top of your first appointment to allow for a consultation.

Follow up sessions will be shorter and focused around the given treatment plan.

If you are receiving sports massage for maintenance and injury prevention, I would recommend returning every 3-6 weeks (dependent on exercise intensity and frequency).

If you are receiving treatment for specific aches, pains, injuries or imbalances, I would recommend returning every 1-2 weeks initially for the first 4-8 weeks.

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