Who is human sports massage for?
My human therapy treatments are for everyone. It is a common misconception that you have to be an active sports player to get benefit from sports massage therapy. That is just not the case!
Sports massage therapists are trained to have knowledge of human musculoskeletal anatomy and a variety of manual therapy techniques to help correct issues in your tissues! No matter your sport or lifestyle sports massage can be helpful and contrary to what you might have been told, it does not need to cause discomfort and can be relaxing.
I can provide can help to deal with pre-existing issues while helping to keep your tissues on good form to prevent problems from arising. Keep scrolling down to look at the benefits and other human treatment I offer.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY
There are a wide range of benefits to sports massage therapy, see how it could help you below
RELEASE MUSCLE TENSION
Over time the body can create areas of tension in muscles which can lead to painful stress points and trigger points. This can happen regardless of how active an individual is, for example years of poor posture can have tremendously negative effects on muscle tissue just the same as repetitive physical activity can.
Over time soft tissues become tighter, rigid and less pliable which can in turn lead to injury and reduced joint mobility. Regular massage can help to increase the mobility of soft tissue therefore reducing risk of the above and aiding in prevention.
Not only can massage reduce pain via reduction of muscular tension, activity of trigger and by helping to allow for postural alterations, it is indicated that massage can directly reduce pain via the stimulation of various sensory nerves situated on the surface of the skin. Because these nerves transmit ‘messages’ to the brain far faster than messages of pain, massage works to intercept and stop the pain messages. In addition to this research indicates massage able to aid in the release of endorphins which are also proven to have long lasting analgesic effects.
AIDS IN RECOVERY
Massage is fantastic for aiding in the various stages of recovery. It can help with the removal of excess fluid via manual lymphatic drainage while some studies indicate its ability at increasing local blood flow to an area which is great for tissue repair and maintenance. Massage can help with the remodelling of damaged tissues to ensure they are as mobile and effective as possible. Sports massage therapists are trained to have many more tools in their bag than just massage so we have many techniques to use that can help with recovery.
Most people have some postural problems, but posture is hard to correct when your muscles are encouraging you to sit, stand or move in a certain way. Tension in soft tissue can be caused by poor posture but poor posture can also cause it, therefore it is important to release and reduce pain and tension in soft tissue to allow postural adaptations to occur. When this is done it can allow for the correct amount of biomechanical strain to be placed on various structures.
OTHER TECHNIQUES I REGULARLY USE
I often use a range of therapies within each session depending on treatment goals.
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET's)
Deep Tissue Massage
Trigger Point Therapy