Sports injury massage is an effective way to treat both acute and long term injuries, sustained by sport or everyday activity. Over time, sports massage has developed as a ‘science’ to help not only elite athletes, but also each and every person who suffers with everyday complaints such as back pain, postural problems and work related injuries, including stress and fatigue.
Whether you work in an office, are a soon-to-be mum or you’re an ultramarathon runner, a sports massage can be very beneficial. Our Plymouth clinic attracts people from all walks of life. It can be difficult to find the right massage for your injury. Our sports massage therapists aim to meet your needs and we can work as light or as heavy as you feel comfortable with. Two common questions that we are asked are answered below.
Does sports massage hurt?
Sports massage can be uncomfortable sometimes but the pain is ‘good’ – at least you can be sure it is doing good! You are in charge of the sports massage session though so if you do feel uncomfortable, our massage therapists will be happy to take a different approach. Some of our clients come to us saying they found another sports massage therapist was unsatisfactory as they were too light and not deep enough. We will work with you to find the right strength of massage to soothe the pain you’re feeling. After the massage is finished, it’s not uncommon to find that you are sore for a few days. This is a normal reaction and shows the body is healing and the massage has done some work. You can alleviate some of the problems post massage by warming the massaged area in a bath or with a hot water bottle, drinking plenty of water and gentle but progressive stretching.
What should I wear for a sports massage?
The most important thing during the massage is that you are comfortable. It’s easier for us to work if you wear nothing at all, especially when massaging the glutes or hips, however some clients prefer to wear underwear that is light and stretchy. This is also fine. Some restrictive underwear can make it difficult to access the hamstring / adductor attachments and in this case, work would be carried out through a towel. Although the sports massage will be just as effective through the towel, it can cause more pain afterwards as it is harder to warm up the affected areas before the heavier work.
Therapeutic clinical massage
“The ﬁrst masseur I’ve been to who treats the cause as well as the symptoms!” ( recent Google review from Mark)
It is encouraging to receive reviews from people who see how much we can beneﬁt from remedial, clinical massage treatments which is therapeutic in nature.
People, quite rightly, view massage as something that we seek when we need relaxation, but also when we are experiencing aches and pains in our body such as a ‘bad back’ which is the most common reason for sick leave from work.
There is a conﬁdence that at the end of the massage treatment we are left with muscles that are more relaxed and the feel good factor leaves us feeling refreshed and more comfortable in our own skin. These are the regular fruits of massage therapy. Getting to the root of the problem is another matter and is the concern and privilege of a trained clinical therapist.
Improved range of movement in our joints and improved ﬂexibility are the end result of clinical treatments such as remedial massage and sports therapy. Following a postural assessment and thorough consultation we are more in a position to see the root of the presenting problem and can set about releasing muscles which have become shorter through tension and fatigue and work towards encouraging muscles back to their designed length which provide improvement in ﬂexibility and range of movement. The added soft tissue work then gives us the feel good factor which will encourage the client not to return to poor posture which will take us back to the problem. At the end of the treatment you will be given advice concerning improved posture and stretches or exercise which will keep you on track.
Seeking the help of a fully trained clinical therapist is very important when we are suﬀering from pain and injury, either from sport or just the activities of day to day life.
If you like what you have read here and would like to know more. Please feel free to get in touch. You can book a postural assessment at any time either independently or as part of a treatment.
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