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Sports Massage

Unlock your potential with Sports Massage in Horsham

Sports Massage is an accepted and hugely beneficial complement to fitness training which is why it is often called “Sports Massage”.  Even if you are not currently doing regular fitness training you can receive very significant benefits from a regular sports massage in Horsham.

Whether you are an athlete, occasional exerciser, stay at home Horsham mum or desk worker you will experience tight shoulders or muscles, aches and pains and postural issues at some point in your life.

Deep tissue sports massage can help ease away tension, help you pinpoint the area responsible for bad posture and provide relief from chronic muscle pain.

Deep tissue massage or sports massage can help you to unlock your body’s potential, solving muscular problems that may be a stumbling block to your physical progress. Combine this with targeted exercise to strengthen deep postural muscles and live your life free from pain!

Deep tissue massage on the woman's lower back on quadratus lumborum muscle

Tools available to a Sports Massage Therapist

Trigger Point Therapy

Trauma occurs to the soft tissues by overuse, adaptive shortening, postural imbalance, strains, stress or nutritional deficits. This trauma leaves the soft tissues in a state of involuntary spasm, leading to pain and a restriction of movement. This spasm triggers a ‘trigger point’ to form in the soft tissue structure which will feel like a knot. Deactivation of these trigger points will:

Reduce local and referred pain patterns

Restore muscle imbalances

Increase soft tissue mobility

Improve circulation

Provides a local and general relaxation

Increase flexibility of the affected muscle

Improve range of movement (ROM)

Soft Tissue Release

Specific Stretch

This is an advanced and very specific sports massage technique. It’s a combination of stretching and deep friction that illicits a specific stretch to a muscle. It’s commonly used with frictions to;

Reduce adhesions in soft tissue structures

Improves local circulation

Increases functional ROM

Develops flexibility in tight muscles and muscle groups

Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) stretching

Muscle Energy Techniques

MET is a form of passive stretching from the world of osteopathic techniques. MET’s target the soft tissues primarily, although it also makes a major contribution towards joint mobilisation. The purpose of MET stretching is to improve a client’s flexibility and therefore range of movement at a joint. Its effects are:

Releases muscle spasms

Decreases muscle hypertonicity (tension)

Improves muscle flexibility

Restores muscle balance

Frictions

This technique is directed pressure over soft tissues that manipulate their structure by softening up adhesions and returning the muscle back to its full function. Along with Soft Tissue Release, it provides a stretch to a highly specific area of tissues. Its effects are;

Reduces congestion in a local area

Increases local circulation

Reduces the effect of scar tissue post injury

Improves the mobility of soft tissues

All about Sports Massage

Benefits of Sports Massage

Enhances sports performance (Pre, During or Post event)

Stretches tight muscles for increased flexibility and suppleness

Pain relief and management

Helps identify and correct postural problems (along with correct strengthening exercises)

Releases tension and aids in relaxation

Improves circulation + lymphatic drainage

Breaks down old scar tissue and adhesions - it can help with painful or unsightly scars, helping them to shrink and perform more akin to surrounding tissue.

Identifies weakness before injury

Aids recovery after injury

Improves mobility, posture and physical performance

Increase in flexibility and range of movement

Improved balance between muscles

Greater postural awareness

Improve the speed and quality of soft tissue repair

Stimulates peripheral nerves i.e. keeps your nervous system healthy

Increases muscles relaxation so increases your sense of well being

Can reduce the effect of muscle soreness

Can calm the mind as well as the body.

Aids reduction of fat – in conjunction with appropriate exercise.

Can help with cramp.

Can help bring healing to areas that have healed inappropriately and are now causing pain and dysfunction.

Effects of Sports Massage

Stimulates circulation

Decongests the tissues and improves tissue drainage

Removes metabolic waste

Increases the uptake of oxygen and nutrients to the tissue cells

Increases the rate of tissue repair by improving soft tissue mobility and formation of collagen

How often should I get a Sports Massage?

The frequency of a SM depends on your lifestyle.  If you are an active person involved in regular sporting activity of any kind, your muscles will frequently experience microscopic tears as they are used and recover during sessions.

SM can help your muscles to recover in a faster time period so that you are ready to perform at optimum capacity at your next session.  Regular SM can also help prevent major injuries from occurring such as muscle, tendon or ligament strains or tears by keeping your muscles functioning optimally.

Will a Sports Massage hurt me?

A good SM would be performed within your tolerance level so continued communication with your therapist is very important.

It is important that you understand what your therapist is doing and why, this way you are more likely to be able to co-operate with the procedure and understand why it feels uncomfortable – if it does.

Where there are very tight muscles and tissue that has healed inappropriately, treatment may be uncomfortable but it is always done with the purpose of bringing true healing and restoring proper function.

Having said that, within a full SM treatment there will be times of relaxation and it can also feel good as the muscles relax and let go.

Will Sports Massage help my posture?

You need to understand why you have bad posture in the first place and then do what you can to eliminate those factors from your life.  If you don’t, anything your therapist does in a session will be undone when you return to your normal life.

SM can definitely help release tight muscles that cause bad posture but you may need to retrain your muscles by doing regular exercises such as Pilates to strengthen your back and core muscles, enabling you to maintain correct positioning.

Whats different about a Sports Massage?

Each profession has it’s own benefits.  SM deals with soft tissue, which includes muscle, ligaments, tendons and skin.  These tissues make up around 70% of the body so SM has a huge part to play.

A SM therapist uses various skill and tools to manipulate, stretch, de-tone and release these tissues according to the need presented.

Where a client has issues that fall outside of this ambit, such as joint problems in the spine or hip, a referral will be made to the appropriate profession.

At BodyFix Therapies we are able to help with joint problems with Tuina Massage which is used along side Sports Massage and is another tool within the box to help where appropriate.

Sports Massage Prices

Includes postural assessment and diagnosis

30 mins – £35
60 mins – £50
90 mins – £75

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