Sports massage is believed to play a big part both physiologically as well psychologically. Massage can improve your performance, reduce pain from injury or overuse and improve recovery.
There are many physiological effects of massage including:
Increase in blood volume by opening the blood vessels and stretching them to allow nutrients to pass more efficiently.
Increase in tissue permeability which allows the tissue membranes to open up and nutrients and fluid to pass through, helping to remove waste products such as lactic acid.
Breaking down of scar tissue (due to overuse, trauma, or previous injury) will help reduce pain and improve movement.
Psychological effect helps to put the body into a state of relaxation due to the activation of the parasympathetic system which can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
The soft tissue techniques employed by our sports massage therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries. There are many different types of techniques to use and a good therapist will be able to feel the tissue and decide on the right method and treat accordingly for example: Trigger point techniques can reduce spasm and pain that occur both in the injured and compensatory muscles.
Qualified for 13 years and plenty of experience working through tight stubborn muscles. This is not for the faint hearted. However, it will always be conducted with plenty of communication so that the experience is not too painful. If a tight muscle is chronic and not loosened off sufficiently you will only have a portion of pain relief and success. They need to be worked and loosened enough to allow good functional movement and your pain will ease and maybe even disappear. It may take a few sessions to get you moving freely again but you won’t be disappointed.