Sports Massage works on the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) of the body. Sports Massage is designed to release tension within the body and includes a variety of techniques including Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial release, soft tissue release, joint mobilisations, muscle energy techniques, PNF stretches, Passive Stretches, Myofascial taping and structural taping.
Deep Tissue Massage - a number of different massage strokes are used to work deep into the body. When muscles tissues are weak, tired or damaged, circulation which brings fresh nutrients and oxygen to the tissues and removes waste products can be impeded. The pumping action of massage strokes can help to improve circulation to the muscle cells, allowing the body to get on with healing itself.
Scar Tissues - Scar tissue forms from injury or hard training, the body lays down collagen during the repair which is a strong fibre, however, not as elastic as muscle tissue. Left untreated this scar tissue can restrict movement and cause further tears or other injury’s along the line, as you adapt your posture to compensate for the initial injury.
Stretching Tissues - Massage strokes can be used to stretch the soft tissues in all directions, helping the body to realign and relieve pressure caused by tension stored in the tissues, which along with corrective exercises can help to improve posture.
Passive Stretching - The therapist takes the client into a position and guides the client’s body through movements designed to lengthen the soft tissues, which helps to release tension improving range of movement through the joints. As the client does not have to use any muscular effort to stretch, passive stretching can achieve a greater improvement in range of movement.
PNF Stretching - The therapist moves the patient into a position and asks the patient to work with them to enhance active and passive range of movement. This can help with performance and rehabilitation.
Muscle Energy Techniques - The patient is asked to actively contract a muscle, whilst the therapist resists. This technique can help to lengthen muscles which have become short (improving range of movement), strengthen muscles, relax muscles, reduce localised swelling and help the client to regain correct muscle function.
Trigger Point Work - A healthy muscle is smooth and pliable at rest. A trigger point usually manifests as a small point of tension within a muscle. The presence of trigger points prevent smooth operation of the muscle and can cause pain both at the point of tension and elsewhere in the body.
Positional Release Therapy - In positional release therapy, pressure is applied to a tender point along a muscle, the therapist then moves the patient’s body part into a position where the point is no longer tender. This is usually held for 90 seconds, during which time the patient may feel pulsing, heat, vibration or referred pain.
Structural Taping - A solid tape which provides support to joints. Solid tape will restrict and can be used as an aid to help re-train the patient’s movement pattern. Whilst it can be useful to aid rehabilitation and provides some protection to the joint structures, it does not replace or form a short-cut for a strengthening programme and should not be relied on as a long-term solution.
Myofascial Taping - A flexible tape that can provide light support to soft tissues. The tape can be used as an aid to re-train movement pattern, reduce pain caused by tight muscle and fascial tissues, support muscle strains. Improve circulation to soft tissue cells by creating space in the fascial tissues (Our bodies are covered in a fascial ‘web’ which covers, runs through and connects each muscle).
Electrotherapy - A variety of modalities that may help to speed up the healing process by the use of sound waves (Ultrasound), muscle stimulation for pain relief (TENS) and muscle stimulation to help rebuild muscle following trauma or injury. Electrotherapy is normally used in conjunction with massage and exercise techniques.
Location: Runners World 139 Field End Road, Eastcote, HA5 1QH
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