Sports Massage Manchester
We offer specialists skilled in sports massage Manchester, who use the latest diagnostic techniques and equipment to offer the very best treatment for you. If you have an injury, or even if you’re healthy, sports massage comes with a wealth of benefits.
What is Sports Massage?
At our sports massage Manchester clinic, we offer a type of therapy called sports massage. This is a type of massage that is used to treat soft tissue aches, pain and injuries that develop from sports activities, or even from injuries caused by non-sports activities. Massage can help reduce muscle stiffness and swelling, while bringing about relaxation by reducing blood pressure and heart rate.
ou may wonder about soft tissues that can be treated with sports massage. This is connective tissue that is not hard like bone or cartilage. Soft tissues include the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia (connective tissues that line and sheathe other soft tissues) in the body. Sports massage is especially geared to correct problems or imbalances in soft tissue that can be caused by repetitive physical activity and trauma. Sports massage is also beneficial when used either before or after exercise and may even enhance sports performance. It’s also been shown to assist with recovery and prevent injuries.
What’s the Difference Between Sports Massage and Physiotherapy?
Generally, a physiotherapist is a medical healthcare professional who must go through several years of formal education and training. A physiotherapist may use sports massage as part of a treatment plan, but they also use a wide variety of other treatments with their patients. In addition, they treat a wide variety of medical issues.
Sports massage, on the other hand, requires a diploma. A sport massage therapist usually goes through about 3 years of education, which focuses strongly on musculoskeletal therapies. A sports massage therapist specialises only in treating musculoskeletal health issues, including sports injuries.
Another difference is that a sports massage therapist uses hands-on techniques, while a physiotherapist mostly uses techniques that do not use a hand-on approach; instead, they provide exercises that a patient then uses on themselves.
What Does a Sports Massage Therapist Do?
The answer depends on the type of specialty chosen by the sports massage therapist. Some focus on soft tissue therapy, while others work more on rehabilitation and emergency care.
Sports massage Manchester therapy generally uses a wide variety of pressure techniques, which are usually more intense, deeper and focused than regular types of massage. These are used to speed up recovery time and help prevent injuries.
Sports massage techniques include:
Effleurage: the term means “to flow or guide,” and is used to introduce sports massage to a patient, relax muscles, apply massage lubricant, and warm up soft tissues. It can also help to encourage the lymph system to rid the body of waste products and increase blood circulation. This technique is used as the foundation of treatment and leads to the next type of massage techniques used on the patient.
Petrissage: means to knead and is a deeper type of sports massage. The purpose of this technique is to increase muscle mobility, ease tension in the muscle fascia, reduce congestion within muscles, and help with to rid the body of waste products. The technique can include kneading, picking, wringing, rolling and using pressure.
Tapotement: is a type of technique in sports massage that tends to be a little rougher It uses hacking, cupping, pounding and beating. When done by a qualified sports massage therapist, these techniques are completely safe.
Friction: this technique is used to rearrange collagen fibres, remove excess scar tissue & muscle adhesions, increase range of motion, and improve blood circulation. This can cause some discomfort and may include some bruising (which can last up to 48 hours).
Vibration & shaking: are used to relax deep and soft tissues, activate nerves, increase circulation and ease pain or discomfort that may be experienced during massage.
Other sports massage techniques include:
Deep Swedish massage: this is focused on the muscles and uses effleurage, pretrissage, vibration, and tapotement techniques.
Compression massage: is a rhythmic compression of muscles to help create deep circulation and soften tissues. This is often used as a warm-up for deeper types of massage.
Cross-fiber massage: uses friction techniques to create a stretching, broadening effect in large muscle groups. It can also be used on specific muscles and connective tissue to reduce adhesions to help during the healing process.
Trigger point/tender point massage: this type of massage uses specific finger and thumb pressure on trigger and tender points in muscles or connective tissues. This is done to reduce hypersensitivity, muscle spasms and referred pain.
Lymphatic massage: is a type of massage that stimulates the lymph system, which works to help the body more efficiently remove waste products.
What Should I Expect from a Sports Massage?
Keep in mind that sports massage is not the type of massage that’s meant to relax you. Instead, it’s used to prevent injuries, recover from injuries, or enhance your sports performance. Sports massage is more vigorous than regular massage, and it may leave you feeling a little tired and sore.
The massage session usually begins with effleurage techniques that are done with the palm of the hand and the fingers. This helps you to become accustomed to the massage therapist’s touch, warm up muscles and connective tissues, and increase blood flow. This technique also helps the therapist to identify tender areas.
Next, the sports therapist may use the petrissage technique, which uses kneading to work on deeper tissues, stretch muscle fibres, and more.
After this, the sports massage therapist may use the friction technique, which works to break down lesions, scar tissue and separate muscle fibres. This may feel slightly uncomfortable or even painful, but this is normal.
You can ask the therapist to be gentler on those area that are most uncomfortable.
When the session is over, you may feel sore, tired and achy. These are normal, so take time afterwards to relax and take it easy. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water afterwards.
And if you’d like to receive a specific type of treatment when seeing the massage therapist, just ask them. Let them know what type of injury you have and what you were doing when the injury occurred.
Don’t hesitate to contact our specialists at our sports massage Manchester clinic with any questions you may have about this therapy. We’re looking forward to talking with you!
For more information, call your local clinic on the number below.
Manchester : 0161 503 5656
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29 Park Square West
Leeds LS1 2PQ
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