Sports Therapy or Sports Massage is specifically concerned with prevention of injury through physical activity and rehabilitation of patients back to optimum levels of functional and occupational fitness. Benefits not limited to athletes and regular sports enthusiasts but to anyone suffering physical discomfort or reduced mobility, regardless of age and ability.
Sports therapy deals primarily with physical problems such as broken bones and sprained muscles through massage techniques, but also concentrates on prevention through strengthening of the core muscles and problems with posture.
Benefits of Sports Massage, sometimes called Deep Tissue Massage, include, increased flexibility, muscle tone and stability along with improvement in circulation and building of healthy tissue muscle.
Techniques often used in Sports Massage/Sports Therapy include:
- Sports Massage
- Taping (Strapping)
- Muscle stretching techniques (including muscle energy techniques)
- Muscle strengthening
- Core stability training
- Proprioception training
Medical conditions which can be improved with sports therapy
- Chronic fatigue
- Muscle fatigue
- Chrones disease
- Sinus problems
- Knee ligament reconstruction
- Muscle atrophy
- Nerve damage and Inpingement
- Tendinitis of the shoulder/hip/knee/shoulder
- Bursitis of the hip and shoulder
- Muscle spasms
- Ligament and tendon damage
- Torn and separation of muscle
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Sports therapy consists of three different types of sports massage. Pre-Event, Post-Event and Maintenance Therapy.
Pre-Event Therapy is part of your warm-up. It reduces muscle tension and decreases the risk of injury. This can be a relaxing or stimulating massage and helps with the listed ailments and can be beneficial pre surgery.
Post-Event Therpay to relieve muscle soreness, minimise fatigue and swelling whilst maintaining flexibility and reducing cramping. Post therapy can help with the ailments listed and recovery after surgery.
Maintenance Therapy maintains muscle flexibility, identifies injury prone areas and reduce muscle spasm and pain. Can be completed as often or as little as the patient feels that it is required.
Joanne Noyce is your therapist for these treatments.