What is a Sports Massage Used for?
Sports massage treatment can be used in a range of circumstances, for example:
- Relieve muscular tension
- Mobilise soft tissue
- Break down adhesions
- Treat muscular damage
- Reduce pain
Sports massage is applied with deep pressure to both superficial and underlying muscles in the body. Tension is usually built up in the muscles due to stress, injury or overload of physical activity. A build-up of tension can result in a higher muscle tone, this is the level of contraction of the muscles whilst they are at rest. High muscle tone can feel tight and cause pain. Sports massage reduces the high muscle tone by stimulating the blood flow, therefore increasing temperature and allowing the muscles to relax.
Sports Massage Techniques
At TA Sports Massage, my aim is to employ a variety of techniques when administering a massage. Dependent on the needs of the client the following techniques will be implemented:
- Effleurage – Light strokes with the palm of the hands towards the direction of the heart, enhancing blood flow
- Petrissage – Kneading movements which help muscle recovery
- Tapotement – Hacking and Cupping method for stimulation, normally used in a pre-event massage
- Friction – Penetrating deeper muscular tissue, ideal for the healing of injury
- Vibration – Relaxing and soothing muscles from rapid vibrational movements
Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release
Trigger point therapy is a form of Remedial Massage Therapy in which direct pressure is applied to specific areas on tender muscles. This therefore helps reduce muscle tension and pain relief which is one of the therapies you will receive when visiting TA Sports Massage.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique which involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions. This then eliminates the pain and can help restore motion. By using Myofascial Release and Trigger Point therapy various benefits can be indicated:
- Correcting muscle imbalance
- Flexibility and Joint range of motion improvement
- Alleviate headaches or symptoms of migraines
- Reduce adhesions and scar tissue (surgery or injury)
- Relieve muscle soreness and joint stress
- Healing and repair, feeling more centred in your body (calm nervous system)
- Decrease overall effects of stress
- Increase blood flow an hydration of tissue
Pre-Event Sports Massage
The pre-event massage can be managed from 48 up to 72 hours before an event. Athletes should have shaped their training at this point. Obtaining a deep tissue massage before an event is a good way to release any tension from all the intense training. The closer it is to the event itself, the less intense and deep the massage should be. If you are only able to obtain a massage a day or two before the event, TA Sports massage can produce a lighter massage instead. It is vital you do not have a deep tissue massage and feel sore by having this a day or two before an event.
Inter-Event Sports Massage
This service can be used for athletes who need a quick massage during breaks in a sporting event, in order to relieve cramps or muscle pains and provide an energy boost. Only a few minutes is required for an inter-event sports massage so please contact TA Sports Massage if you would like to book me for an event.
Post-Event Sports Massage
A post-event massage administered within the next 72 hours will help tremendously with an athlete’s recovery. It is important that you perform a cool down and rehydrate before the massage is delivered. The ideal cool down should last between 10-15 minutes, stretching, and rehydrating before commencing with the post-event massage.
Sports Massage Should Be Part of Regular Training
Sports massage unfortunately does not just work overnight. Clients or Athletes determined to see the effects should incorporate it regularly in training, not sporadically.
Athletes serious about long-term performance enhancement should have regular appointments with TA Sports Massage. As a therapist I will sit down with you to evaluate massage needs based on gender, age, type of sport, old injuries, chronic pain, and schedule of sporting events. This will help me determine your schedule and massage techniques to be used for your specific needs.