Sports massage is an effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the body. Through management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the soft tissues of the body, it can be used to aid a variety of ailments/injuries.
If received regularly, it can help athletes prevent injuries that might be caused by overuse. Athletes will find a good sports masseur is invaluable to help their sports injuries and performance. Regardless of your experience in dance, sport or exercise or whether you exercise socially or perform at an international level - sports massage may have something to offer you. Sports massage can help relieve many day-to-day problems that everyone experiences.
Sports massage is not solely for athletes and sports injuries. Sports Massage includes treatment of the muscles and soft tissues of the body, and is suitable for anybody and a wide variety of conditions including; Headaches, Migraines, Lower Back Pain, Runners Knee, Tendinitis, Tennis / Golfers Elbow, RSI, Plantar Fascitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Shin Splints.
Increases blood flow through the tissues, resulting in faster recovery time, removal of waste products and toxins.
Through correct stretching, training and use of health equipment, your overall health awareness and understanding of the deep tissues will improve. You can use this knowledge to improve performance.
Improve your range of motion, flexibility and performance.
Muscular imbalance and damage in deep tissues can be detected and treated, minimising the risk of injury or further damage.
Recipients can learn how to monitor their own condition and adjust their training accordingly.
It can be applied pre-event to stimulate circulation, calm nervous tension and help prepare the dancer for optimal performance.
It can be applied post-event to remove waste products/toxins, speed up recovery time and de-stress after a performance.
Remedial massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow. When muscles and tendons become damaged, impaired, knotted, tense or immobile, remedial massage provides an effective healing treatment.
Remedial massage holistically treats the whole body and traces the discomfort as far as possible back to the original cause, healing both the cause of the disorder as well as the symptoms.
If you haven't ever experienced a quality remedial massage, we thoroughly recommend it.
Electrotherapy is a form of medical treatment, which uses small electrical impulses to repair tissue, stimulate muscles and increase sensations and muscle strength.
There are several different forms of electrotherapy; these include ultrasound, interferential therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), laser therapy and muscle stimulation. Ultrasound uses sound waves to speed up the healing process, while interferential therapy and TENS reduce pain by manipulating the nerves which reduces the sensation of pain and produces a tingling feeling. Laser therapy is sometimes used to repair damaged tissue; using lasers means the treatment can be both accurate and intense.
The benefits of electrotherapy are wide-ranging and include a more advanced healing process, a more effective circulatory system and increased muscle tone. The effects of electrotherapy include a reduction in pain, increased strength, increased range of movement, increased speed and strength of muscle contractions and an increased rate of absorption.
Kinesiology tape is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. Therapeutic kinesiology tape that can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions.
Kinesiology tape is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows kinesio tape to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of your movement.
Kinesiology tape is used for treating athletic injuries and a variety of physical disorders. For the first decade after its introduction practitioners in Japan were the main users of the therapeutic kinesiology tape. By 1988 the tape had been adopted by Japanese Olympic and professional athletes before spreading across the world.
You would have noticed that more an more professional athletes use kinesiology taping improve their sporting performance, prevent injury and allow them to return to sport quicker.
When your PT uses an IASTM tool during your treatment, he or she will initially be searching for areas of fascial and muscle restrictions. These areas will feel crumbly or craggy as the tool passes over them. Once restrictions are found in the fascia, your PT can hone in on them, using the IASTM tool to scrape at them.
So what is happening as your PT is using the IASTM tool to scrape at fascial restrictions? It is theorized that scrapping your tissues causes microtrauma to the affected tissues, thus re-initiation your body's natural inflammatory response.2 This causes a cascade of events to occur including reabsorption of excess scar tissue and fibrosis that is causing the restriction. Adhesions of scar tissue can then be appropriately stretched to help improve overall pain-free mobility.