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What is sports massage?
Sports massage is a form of massage aimed at manipulation of soft tissue for individuals that are generally involved in various forms of physical activity. For millennia, massage has been used for therapeutic purposes and eventually made its way to the western world. Largely thanks to a Sweedish gentlemen named Per Henrick Ling who is credited for developing the Swedish massage technique. Years later Sports massage is born and is widely used from the elite athlete to the everyday Joe.
How does it help you?
Sports massage has been shown to help relieve tension in muscles, improve circulation and encourage the removal of waste product in the system during physical activity. It is also a great aid for relaxation for the whole body. These factors help promote recovery and may reduce the chances of injury. For those who are engaged in hard exercise throughout the week, it can be used as an adjunct to prevent overuse type injuries in between or after training sessions. There is proof in the pudding in professional Football. You will be hard pressed to find a professional Football team in the UK that does not have a Sports massage therapist attached to their squad.
I have never had a sports massage. What can I expect?
On your first visit, your therapist will likely discuss your hobbies and activities that you are into and any relevant medical history. You will have an assessment aimed at finding the source of your issue. At Technique Health we like to treat the source and not the problem. From there, the therapist will advise the correct plan of action going forwards. It is fair to say that sports massage is not a lavender oil and whale music type of massage. Therefore if it is your first time, you will work together to gauge the strength of the massage so you are comfortable.
Being a sports medicine practice, you won’t just receive a massage and off you go. We will give you some advice on how you can help yourself. If you feel stiff/sore after a hard days work in the office, we can advise you on strategies to mitigate that. We will give you aftercare advice on what to expect in the hours following a sports massage, for example it is very normal to feel quite sore as if you have just had a workout. If it is decided that a sports massage is not the right option for you, our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths are on hand to assess you also.
What our clients say:
“I work in the city for an insurance company and generally work long hours at my desk, I am fairly fit and healthy outside of work but have found that occasional massages really help to ease my tension around my neck and shoulders. I used to get headaches, but since getting regular treatments they are no longer an issue.”