Muscle Wellbeing - Sports & Remedial Massage
Benefits

Some of the key benefits of Sports and Remedial Massage are:

  • Promotes circulation which improves healing
  • Help restore mobility to injured muscle tissue.
  • Relieves the symptoms of chronic occupation and postural muscle fatigue
  • Assists with soft tissue injuries
  • Breaks down scar tissue and adhesions
  • Improves flexibility
  • Releases excessive muscle tension
  • Speeds up recovery, allowing for the safe increase of quality and quantity of training
  • Removes muscle waste
  • Improves interstitial permeability (the movement of fluid between the tissues)
  • Prevents secondary injuries

The benefits are also not just for those involved in sporting or physical activities. As an example, many people are now spending more time than ever before sitting at a desk, perhaps in front of a computer or in meetings and not maintaining the ideal posture. Sports and remedial massage can help with many of the symptoms relating to this sort of activity, such as:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Pains in peripheral joints such as shoulders, knees and ankles, tendonitis and muscle strains
  • Work-related and repetitive strain injuries  


Techniques

Some of the techniques available include:

Effleurage and Petrissage
Effleurage is a series of massage strokes used to warm up the muscle before deep tissue work. Petrissage is the technique that compresses and releases the soft tissue that it is being applied to.


Neuromuscular Technique (NMT)
NMT manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. It is therefore necessary to stabilize low levels of neurological activity to maintain normal function and overall health.

Friction
Friction is particularly useful for breaking down the knots and nodules that build up in the body due to the stresses and strains of daily life.Any accumulated waste products may be eliminated.Friction helps to break down the fatty deposits and is therefore of benefit in cases of obesity.Friction is very effective around a well-healed scar to break down adhesions and is also used to massage around bony prominences such as the patella (knee cap).It also increases the temperature by increasing cellular activity and bringing an increased flow of blood to an area providing temporary analgesia (pain relief).


Muscle energy techniques (MET)
MET are applied to a patient in order to lengthen shortened or spastic muscles, to improve weakened ligament and muscle strength, and to improve range of motion. This procedure is performed when a patient is asked to contract a muscle for approximately 5-seconds against an anti-force applied by the therapist. The muscle contraction is performed by the client 2 or 3 times in a row in the hopes to stretch the muscle further each time.

Soft Tissue Release (STR)
STR is a dynamic, highly effective technique that has an immediate and powerful  effect on muscle and connective  tissue. STR is a combination of Myofascial Release, Therapeutic Massage, and Active Assisted Stretching.