The clinic includes a dedicated treatment room for sports massage and a fitness/rehabilitation area. An essential element of each individual exercise programme, formulated following your initial consultation, will be to ensure you fully understand and are comfortable in conducting the remedial exercises set for you. This will guarantee you receive maximum benefit from the exercises prescribed and will help speed your recovery to full health safely and effectively.
Although many people visit us purely for the treatment of a specific injury or for a maintenance massage, we have noticed an increase in the number of people benefiting from receiving sports massage after training for a specific event, be it a marathon, Ironman or other personal goal.
You do not have to be a top class athlete to feel the benefits of sports/remedial massage.
In many ways, the modern day working environment can have a very negative effect on muscles and posture. The human body was not designed to sit behind the wheel of a car or at a desk for hours on end – this can be as tough on the body as being on your feet all day.
Sitting down for prolonged periods can lead to adaptive shortening of certain muscle groups, often causing weakness in the opposing muscles and resulting in postural imbalances. These changes in posture can happen over a period of time and often the individual will be unaware of these changes taking place.
These changes can result in chronic tension and in many cases people put their ailments down to age or stress.
Other conditions such as tennis elbow can occur when the person has never picked up a racquet in their lives but they have spent a long weekend weeding the garden.
Sports and Remedial Massage as an injury preventative is the human equivalent of servicing your car, you wouldn’t expect to keep a car running without having routine maintenance from time to time, why should your body be any different?
Massage for Sports
Through repetitive movement patterns common in sports or through direct trauma, scar tissue develops within the muscles.
Certain deep tissue manipulation techniques can help realign any present scar tissue or fibrous adhesions within the muscles and encourage nutrition to the surrounding tissues. This not only aids recovery but also acts as a preventative measure in reducing the risk of further injury to the area.
After exercise, soreness or fatigue can set in caused by micro trauma to the muscle fibres along with the accumulation of chemicals such as lactic acid. Massage aids with lymphatic drainage which helps flush out toxins and aid recovery. With the use of certain Muscle Energy Techniques increased strength and flexibility can also be achieved.