Sports/remedial massage can be used for many different situations. In simplistic terms there are two main reasons:
- To treat an injury/pain
- To prevent injury/pain and promote wellness
Although the term Sports Therapist and Sports Massage are used, this type of massage is appropriate for ANY muscular injuries not only for those gained whilst actively participating in sport.
If an injury is muscular which can range from a sore, stiff neck from sitting at a desk or working on a computer, to a hamstring strain from playing football with the kids at the weekend all the way to a debilitating back injury from lifting then massage could be appropriate.
Massage can be a benefit for those suffering from
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Tension in neck and shoulders
- Sports injuries
- Shin splints (if muscular not bone damage)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Arthritis pain
- Lower back pain
- Tension headaches
- Arthritis (not in all circumstances)
- Depression and anxiety
- Pregnancy related aches and pains
- Insomnia related to stress
If an individual already has an injury, then sports massage can be used to break down the damaged tissue and restore the muscle to full health.
A number of treatments are often necessary and will be taken fairly close together (one or two a week) until the pain is gone or lessened to an extent that it no longer affects day-to-day life.
Massage for Injury Prevention and Wellness
Sports massage is beneficial to everyone. A massage promotes a sense of wellbeing and relaxation and a sports massage adds the prevention of injury to the list of benefits.
The effects of a massage can last up to four weeks so a regular, monthly, massage can help individuals to feel less stressed, energized and ready to work or be active.
If they are training regularly then sports massage can help to prevent any small niggles becoming larger, more serious injuries.
It is also very useful when a person’s work environment or lifestyle leads to muscular tension or stress. For example, sitting at a desk/computer for long periods can lead to pain in the neck and shoulders as can a long period driving or a stressful work/personal situation
Massage is not suitable for everyone and although personal circumstances will be discussed prior to the initial treatment, there are certain circumstances where massage may not be appropriate. These include:
- Fractures (the fractured limb cannot be massaged)
- Burns or healing wounds (round the area affected)
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Contagious or irritable skin conditions
- Viral infections