Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues, which are your muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Let’s face it, there’s nothing like getting those knots ironed out, fine tuning your muscles and spending some time just for you.
That’s where our sports massage therapy steps up.
Our patients come from all walks of life, whether you’re rehabilitating after an injury, want a tune up before a big competition, or want some help getting back on an even keel after a stressful year.
The benefits of sports massage therapy include:
- reducing the tension in your muscles
- improving your circulation
- stimulating your lymphatic system
- reducing your stress hormones
- improving your mobility and flexibility
- helping you overcome feelings of anxiety and depression, and
- helping you recover from exercise by flushing your tissues free of metabolic waste.
What does massage treat?
Massage is used to manage and treat:
- neck/back/shoulder/hip pain and/or stiffness
- tendonitis, and
- muscle fatigue.
What to expect from a massage treatment
Your initial appointment will be for 45 minutes. At this first appointment we will take your history, we may put your through some range of motion testing and then we will tailor and perform an individual treatment plan to suit your needs.
Your next appointments will be 45 or 30 minutes long, depending on your needs and the number of issues you have needing treatment.
The types of techniques we use include:
- myofascial release (treatment of connective tissue)
- trigger point therapy (those really sore ‘knots’)
- muscle stripping techniques (working to lengthen the tension of the muscle)
- deep transverse frictions (used to break up damaged tissue).
How many treatments and how often?
Many things determine how many treatments you’ll need and how often. These include:
- your occupation (obviously things will be different if you’re a manual labourer or an office worker)
- how often you exercise or play sport and at what level
- the intensity of your pain, and
- how well your body responds to treatment.
These will all be discussed during your first treatment.