Sports Massage Surrey
What is sports and remedial massage?
Sports massage is a no-nonsense massage technique that has been developed over the years to deal with the conditions that the human body experiences before and after being pushed to its limits. This may be a hard training session or a race, but could also be the result of a body being cramped up over a computer for eight long hours or a specific injury.
Our muscles are covered by a layer of connective tissue called fascia. It is like a wrapper binding individual muscle fibres, the larger bundles of muscles, and the whole muscle groups. Normally, when covering healthy, moving muscle it is a soft, gel like substance. However, when our muscle movement is restricted by an injury or compromised posture, tissue fluids cannot reach the areas they need to in order to lubricate the fascia. The fascia hardens and scar tissue forms, further trapping toxins and waste materials. This causes pain and dysfunction as the body tries to remedy the situation by setting up a series of structural compensations - leading to further pain and more problems.
Sports massage uses a combination of hands on massage strokes and physiotherapy techniques such as Soft Tissue Release, Muscle Energy Technique and NMT (neuromuscular technique) to relieve pain and encourage release and healing.
Soft Tissue Release is used to stretch localised tight areas within muscles and tendons and is useful in breaking down scar tissue left behind after injury. We will ask you to help us by stretching while we apply a ‘lock’ to areas of compromised tissue.
Muscle Energy Technique lengthens shortened muscles and can also be helpful in ‘switching on’ and strengthening weak muscles. Again you will participate in your treatment by moving against your therapist’s resistance.
Neuromuscular Technique treats trigger points and tight areas in the muscle with pressure to allow them to release. You will be asked for feedback as your therapist provides a controlled pressure to problem areas.
In this way a sports and remedial massage becomes just as relevant to an office worker, crippled by an unsuitable desk arrangement as it is to a footballer suffering a torn hamstring!
Your first appointment.
New clients are requested to come for one hour on their initial visit. A short health questionnaire is completed to establish your general health and reasons for requiring sports massage. We will observe your posture and perform any necessary simple tests to establish how to approach your treatment. The rest of the time is taken up with hands on massage. At the end we will recommend any exercises or self-help techniques to be done at home and discuss follow up sessions.
We will explain what we are doing as we go along and value feedback so please don’t hesitate to ask questions. Clients are covered with towels throughout the treatment and it goes without saying that your modesty is respected.
My colleagues and I work with physiotherapists at all of our clinics and are experienced at dealing with most types of pain and injuries. But if we feel anything is beyond us we will not hesitate to refer you to the right person so you can get the specific treatment you need.
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