SearchSports MassageAre You In Pain and Looking for Relief? Sports Massage is a great way to break down scar tissue and perfect for everyday aches and pains.
Sports and Remedial Massage is a relatively recent development combining techniques drawn from Swedish massage, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, kinesiology and Rolfing.
It is primarily intended to maintain and enhance performance levels by detecting any muscle and tissue imbalances of weaknesses, and correcting them before damage is done. Those who receive regularÂ treatments at the hands of an expert should be far less prone to injury.
However, sports massage is not just for athletes. It helps many people whoâve never played sports! Whether youâre a marathon runner, an office worker, or a soon-to-be mumâÂ this techniqueÂ helps relieve pain, facilitate movement and encourage healing
ItÂ was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training.Â It alsoÂ emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
But you donât have to be in the Olympics to benefit from aÂ Sports and remedial Massage.Â It is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The sports therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area however the cause may not be where the problem is and so problem areas which may have caused the injury are also addressed.
What does a Sports and RemedialÂ Massage Therapist do?
The therapist is trained to give a general purpose, whole body sports massage which is tailored for the individual needs of the client or patient. TheÂ practitioner takes into account age, sex, body type, injury, general health, energy level and areas of stiffness and sensitivity, in addition to any particular areas of dysfunction that might need particular attention.
One of the biggest categories of patients benefiting fromÂ Tom Smith’s Health and Performance programsÂ are patients with back, neck and shoulder pain and sports injuries. The reason for this is also the reason that massage is successful as a therapy in general; it is a physical and emotional therapy at the same time, so the relaxation response afterwards when stiff muscles are released is both physical and psychological â giving a mind body connection.
The most obvious effect of stress is the production of tight, unyielding, uncomfortable and achy muscles. Muscle in this state is probably more effectively eased by sports massage and Neuromuscular therapy, this is whyÂ I see so many people with muscular disorders such as back and neck pain.
Sports masseurs also use muscle energy techniques and Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)Â which have their origin in Applied Kinesiology and Osteopathy. These are used to correct muscle imbalance and release tension by stretching muscles beyond their current capability and releasing myo fascial trigger points.
It is not uncommon for clients to receieve homework on stretches and exercises to help with their on going sessions.Â Eating healthy and getting enough rest and sleepÂ is also a massive component to recovery from injury or aches and sprains and this is a big component of Tom Smith’s work as it is important to address the wellness of the client as well as help them overcome the problem they consulted him with.
What training does a Sports Massage Therapist have?
A sports therapist will usually hold a diploma from a recognised training institute. Training varies enormously from place to place because massage is, by and large, not regulated by any one institute or organisation.
Therapists are trained in anatomy and physiology, advanced massage skills, pathology and the understanding of sports injury and rehabilitation.
Tom Smith also holds the following qualifications:
Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage
Advanced Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology
Diploma in Personal Training and Rehabilitation
Tom is also studying for a Masters of Osteopathy and has helped many people with back, neck and shoulder pain and worked with elite Athletes from Athletics, Rugby, Triathlon, Golf and Football.
These range from very specific problems in localised areas of the body such as calf muscle and hamstring strain, back, neck and shoulder pain to headaches and jaw pain. The essence of sports massage is to promote healing and flexibility to the muscle rather than claiming to treat and cure the problem.
Patients with structural injuries may be referred to a massage therapist by doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors or physiotherapists prior to further treatment. This is done to release any tight muscles and improve blood circulation prior to a spinal manipulation.
Please see the list of symptoms below I have been able to help clients with:
Muscle sorness and stiffness fromÂ athletics and exercise
Who shouldnât have a Sports Massage?
If you have a fever, an infectious disease, an inflammation, osteoporosis, varicose veins, large areas of bruising, cancer of extreme fatigue, a sports massageÂ practitioner may prefer not toÂ work withÂ you until he or she has checked with your doctor or consultant.
Alternatively, the therapist might modify the massage in some way. If you are in any doubt, ask your doctor if you are suitable candidate forÂ deep tissue, sportsÂ and remedialÂ massage.
The qualified sports masseur is trained to not only decide what kind of massage may be of use, but also to assess when a patient is unsuitable for a sports massage and should be referred to another practitioner.
The attitude of doctors towards sports massage is very positive. This is partly because massage is not seen as an alternative to orthodox medicine, but rather as genuinely complimentary to it. General Practitioners and Sports Medicine DoctorsÂ find massage therapists especially useful for patients with persistent aches and pains for which no medical disorder has been found.
According to Functional Medicine expert Dr. Ron Grisanti, D.C., the most effective non-surgical treatment for sports-related injuries or those resulting from mechanical overuse is a technique called transverse friction massage. Popularized by the late British orthopedic physician Dr. James Cyriax, it is often an excellent alternative to steroid injections.
First of all the therapist will ask you some questions about yourÂ health and medicalÂ history and then a physical evaluation will take place. Sometimes the sports massage therapist will use your treatment as assessment, this means to get a better understanding of how healthy the muscles are and whether there are any trigger points, adhesions and restrictions in the body.
Sports massage stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some techniques use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
The techniques used by sports massage therapists have been developed to ensure effective and efficient results are gained from eachÂ session given.
The reported benefits of Sports Massage include:
Assist in the removal of metabolic waste
Assist in mental preparation for sporting participation
When Should I Get A Sports Massage?
ItÂ is a good choice and treatmentÂ if you have a specific problem âÂ an injury fromÂ sports and it can be quite effective forÂ people with back, neck and shoulder pain. It is also a good idea to combine stretches and corrective exercise, which can helpÂ restore muscle imbalances andÂ improve your postureÂ which may be causing your injury in the first place.
If you are a sports performer, weekend warrior or you just simply love to exercise or go to the gym, of any level, a sports massage can be beneficial at various stages of participation. For example:
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