Injury Prevention: Sports and Deep Tissue Massage

Sports and Deep Tissue massage is the methodical manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues for the relief of discomfort and tension, using deep stroking techniques with pressures, frictions and stretching.

Sports massage has an increasing profile in sports medicine, offering benefits for all kinds of athletes, from elite swimmers, cyclists and footballers, to recreational golfers and joggers, and weekend sports enthusiasts. Sports massage is a deeper type of massage that works specifically with sporting and occupational injuries and ailments. Most of my clients are active people who come in for treatment to recover from injury sustained during sport. From a tennis elbow or snapping hip, to a twisted ankle or shin splints, sports massage provides relief from discomfort and aids rehabilitation and recovery. Many techniques are used to reduce pain, enhance performance, improve range of movement and aid recovery.

Benefits of Sports Massage are:

  • Reduction in muscle stiffness, pain and fatigue
  • Increase in flexibility and range of movement
  • Improved balance between muscles
  • Greater postural awareness
  • Improve the speed and quality of soft tissue repair

Effects of Sports Massage are:

  • Stimulates circulation
  • Decongests the tissues and improves tissue drainage
  • Removes metabolic waste
  • Increases the uptake of oxygen and nutrients to the tissue cells
  • Increases the rate of tissue repair by improving soft tissue mobility and formation of collagen

Under the umbrella of Sports Massage comes various techniques:

  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • MET stretching
  • Frictions