Sports Massage is not only for sporting people, it is commonly used for clients with poor posture or stress related conditions.
Sports Massage uses a deeper approach than a regular massage. It aims to get into the muscles that are tight, aching and in spasm to release the muscles. Tight and spastic muscles influence the bones they attach onto and restrict their movements. The release of these muscles allows the body to function more efficiently and effectively.
Techniques used during your Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy treatment may include:
Tight, thick, lumpy and aching muscles can produce aching, fatigue and sometimes clients can report headaches and the feeling of nauseousness. This happens because the muscles are in a constant state of contracting, as they feel they must protect an area of weakness or injury. This results in the aching and discomfort you feel, and the muscles actually become weaker. When muscles become weaker they lose the strength they need, to hold your bones together and effectively produce movements efficiently and effectively.
The therapist will begin your treatment with a soft tissue massage to warm up the muscles, then treatment will gradually get deeper as the therapist works through the multiple muscle fibres. The therapist will also work through Trigger Points.
Trigger Points can build up over time and gradually get worse. Further muscles fibres can add onto the clump of spastic muscles. Trigger Points in muscles make it very difficult for the muscles to contract and function properly so strength training and even every day activities will be limited. The body adapts to this change and will compensate elsewhere. More often than not, the surrounding bones and joints will suffer due to the lack of stability available.
Soft Tissue Therapy treatments may also include frictioning techniques for clients with scar tissue following an injury or surgery. Following an injury the body produces a healing response that may include collagen alignment to effectively stitch the torn fibres back together. Without the manual assistance of soft tissue therapies the alignment may not be smooth, and result in an excessive lump above the scar site. This lump will restrict the movement and strength of the surrounding area, and the level of recovery for the individual.
Myofascia is the layer of tissue between your muscles and skin. It is very thick and strong and encases your muscles. It also links the whole body together from head to toes. The Myofascial system has several courses throughout the body. For example, it follows a spiral route from each shoulder around to the front of the abdomen. It also has another course that runs from the skull down the back of the legs to the toes. It is important that your therapist understands the complex anatomy of the fascia as it is more often than not overlooked by many, yet it is crucial to the force absorption of the body.
Cupping therapy may be used to assist myofascial release and to uplift old scar tissue. Cupping therapy includes the use of plastic suction cups that lift up the fascia and tissues and effectively stretch and release them. It can also lift up stubborn, old scar tissue than has nested onto the surrounding tissues over time.
Muscle energy techniques and stretching may be used to lengthen shortened muscles and fascia to achieve a more elastic and plastic result. They can also be used to help stimulate the brain to remember and or send the required firing signals that can be inhibited following disuse.