What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is a hands-on therapeutic treatment during which various techniques are applied to your body to address areas of tightness, restriction and soreness. This treatment helps maintain healthy tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue. It is a commonly used recovery strategy that aims to support the practice of any sport. Despite its name, sports massage can be used to address non-sport related issues too. We then refer to it as remedial massage. Sedentary work life can take its toll on the body and remedial massage can help release the tension gained during long sitting hours or any activity that might put strain on your joints and muscles. Individuals with conditions that affect the soft tissues (e.g: diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, etc…) can find some relief from this therapy.
How can Sports Massage help me?
It helps support your training. Intense training requires appropriate body maintenance for which sports massage can help with. The many benefits (see list further below) helps reduce the risk of injury by providing early awareness of any potentially developing issues. It helps treat soft tissue injuries If you are injured, your physio might recommend sports or remedial massage to assist with the healing process and to help you regain full function. Whether injured or not, sports massage aims to reduce your recovery time and get you back to your favourite sport/activities faster. Here is a non-exhaustive list of benefits you can expect from your session:
• Muscle tone reduction
• Increased range of motion
• Improved blood flow in restricted areas
• Improved fluid movement
• Realignment of muscle fibres
• Relaxation/ Reduced anxiety
• Improve energy levels
• Pain reduction
At Flawless Physio, we have highly trained and experienced therapists who deliver sports massage for a range of specialist sport and non-sport related issues. Your therapist may recommend exercises or stretches for you to do at home to complement the treatment and regular sessions if your issues are not resolved or to assist your recovery if you are training hard. Treatment is tailored to your needs. Its duration depends on the areas being worked on, and the amount of discomfort or tissues typically sessions last between 30-90 minutes.
Is it painful?
Pain is a terrible misconception associated with sports massage that we aim to correct. To make things easier we like to distinguish ‘good pain’ from ‘bad pain’. The slightly painful but good feeling you get when someone massage your sore muscles could be referred as good pain for instance. Anything that doesn’t feel right or makes you feel uncomfortable should be brought to your therapist’s attention, so don’t be shy and do speak up during your treatment if that is the case. You might feel tender or sore after your session. This can last for up to 48 hour after your treatment.
Do I need Sport Massage or Physio?
Sport massage is a specific treatment which is often used in conjunction with other treatments such as physiotherapy, rehabilitation and acupuncture. It can be helpful for a wide range of issue but not for everything. If you are unsure whether your need physiotherapy or massage you are best to speak with one of our physiotherapists who can advise you on the best option. Equally, if you are having massage, your therapist may refer you to one of our physios if they feel the issue is beyond their scope and that you need a diagnosis.
When is the right time to have Sport Massage?
Sports massage can be beneficial at any time. It is a brilliant addition to your recovery and can also be a great preparatory tool as a pre-event treatment. Getting to know your therapist and your therapist knowing you will help you get the best treatment for what you need. The techniques may need to be altered just before a race/competition to ensure you are not sore and too “relaxed” at the start line! To enjoy the full benefits of your treatment we recommend you do not take part into any strenuous activity right after your session (ideally, you should allow 24hr before going back to any sport).
Do I need to bring anything?
We recommend you wear appropriate loose clothing as your therapist may be working directly on your skin and thus require you to expose areas of your body. We have shorts and towels to keep you covered and comfortable during your treatment. If you would like to contact us to book an appointment or discuss this further, you can do so using the options below: