What is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is applicable not just to sports people but to anybody wishing to guard against or recover from a soft tissue injury.
Injuries in sports and often in everyday life are common. Many individuals may prefer to turn a blind eye to recurrent pain or long-standing problems, hoping that the pain may go away, or continue medication, which may not always be the best alternative or offer long-term improvement. Injury and pain may be caused either extrinsically by direct contact from another player or object or intrinsically by a weakness or dysfunction in the body’s ability to deal with the forces placed upon it by an activity. Both may result in trauma to the soft tissue of the body, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.
You do not need to be a sports performer to benefit from a sports massage. The benefits above can also help relieve the many day to day problems we all experience from time to time, including repetitive strain injury, sprains, tension and fatigue. If you are a sports performer, of any level, a sports specific massage can be beneficial at various stages of participation. For example:
- Conditioning / training phase
- Post travel
- Injury prevention
- Injury recovery
What to expect.
The initial consultation usually lasts 30mins and will involve a detailed verbal examination of your past medical history, current complaint and physical movement trends, followed by a comprehensive physical examination. Finally a treatment plan will be discussed including recommendations for preventative change if needed. Our sports masseurs are Susan Feetham and Michael Evans.