Sports massage therapy helps alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity.
Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively.
I have treated sportsmen & women from a variety of sporting backgrounds here in Edinburgh & across Scotland.
They all have very different symptoms depending on their specific discipline or activity. Addressing the tight muscles that limit their performance can have great advantages to them both physically & also mentally. Often by the time someone books an appointment with me, they have been attempting to deal with their injury themselves and often resting the offending area has been suggested to them.
They then wait patiently for the suggested time frame to elapse... Then when their fitness regime resumes, they are convinced the injury will have improved. However, the injury has only appeared to improve as it’s been rested and hasn’t been stressed. As soon as they resume their chosen sport or training it more often than not flairs up again. At this time it is not only their physical wellbeing that is put to the test, but this also affects their mental state of mind.
Often sports people regularly train on a daily basis and don’t cope well when they are prevented from competing in their chosen activity or sport due to injury. They can often feel irritable or even feel depressed by their situation.
This is usually when they source a massage therapist.
Sports massage therapy can return the muscles to their original state and with a stretching regime prescribed by their massage therapist, the sportsperson can quickly return to their chosen activity.
After the injury has been resolved, a good Massage therapist will encourage the client to schedule in regular Massage therapy sessions as a preventative measure in the future.
These sessions are invaluable & can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.
There are three key areas where sports massage can benefit athletes & sports people.
Maintenance Massage: A regular massage therapy program based on the therapist’s understanding of anatomy and of the muscles used in a given sport can help prevent injuries occurring. By concentrating on particular muscle groups the therapist can help the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility.
Event Massage: Pre-event and post-event massage therapies are tailored for distinct purposes. Pre-event treatment is used as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. Post-event massage, on the other hand, is geared towards reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with rigorous exercise. This helps undue muscle soreness after their event.
Rehabilitation: Even with preventative maintenance, muscles cramp, tear, bruise, and ache. Sports massage can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process. Soft tissue techniques employed by sports massage therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries. Trigger point techniques are particularly effective in reducing the spasm and pain that occur both in the injured and “compensation” muscles.
In my time as a Massage therapist in Edinburgh & indeed across Scotland, I have worked with Hibernian Football team over a 4 years period and provided Sports massage therapy for the First team on a weekly basis. In my time at Hibernian F.C in Edinburgh I worked with three Managers. I also worked closely with the Under 19’s team & accompanied them to their games as a Sports massage therapist.
In 2005 I was lucky enough to be asked to provide Sports massage therapy for the professional rugby players Austin Healy & Martin Johnston whilst on their summer training camp in Scotland. These sportsmen along with the rest of the Leicester Tigers Rugby team, were very aware of the benefits gained from having regular massage therapy whilst in Scotland.
However, Sports massage therapy is not only for sports people, anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries). Many people have informed me that they would love to benefit from my massage experience, but as they don’t participate in a given sport, they think they can’t use my mobile sports massage service!
They are so wrong … I have treated many people in Scotland, with my massage therapy techniques, who have no sporting links, but have tight tense muscles which over time can cause injuries. I have implemented the very same massage therapy techniques that I use for athletes to release tight and tense muscles and eliminate the pain associated with their injuries. The stresses of everyday life can mimic the same symptoms a sports person might endure.
So why suffer?
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, trigger point therapy and soft tissue release.
I, as a massage therapist here in Edinburgh, bring together a blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment and either work with the athletes to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and also minimize post event injuries or alternatively work with people from everyday life to improve their wellbeing.
I also use a combination of Sport massage & Deep tissue massage. This combination of therapies, focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used in Deep Tissue massage as is in classic massage therapy but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
When the massage therapist identifies the offending muscles, the person often experiences some discomfort as the therapist uses particular techniques to facilitate a release in the muscle. The adhesions often associated with tight muscles, can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
The Deep tissue massage techniques work by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles. There is usually some stiffness or discomfort after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
Deep tissue massage is frequently used to rehabilitate sports injuries unlike classic Swedish massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, Deep tissue/ Sports massage as well as working with sport injuries, can focus on a specific problems, such as: • Chronic pain • Limited mobility • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury) • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome • Postural problems • Osteoarthritis pain • Fibromyalgia • Muscle tension or spasm.
It has been reported that deep tissue massage is more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.
Massage therapists may use not only their hands but also fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas.
It is important to drink plenty of water before and after your massage therapy session to flush metabolic waste from the tissues.
I would also advise not eating a heavy meal before your treatment. Also allow a few minutes to relax after your massage therapy session if you are attending your appointment at our location in Stockbridge, Edinburgh.
Massage therapy sessions are offered at the Treatment Rooms in Stockbridge in Edinburgh or alternatively why not use our very popular mobile sports massage therapy service, where we visit you at your own home or workplace. This service is very popular with clients who work long hours or Mum’s with small children, who find it hard to fit in with conventional appointments at a clinic.
After experiencing our mobile Massage therapy session, why not relax in the comfort of your home and avoid the stress of driving home through the traffic.
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