Sports Massage/Soft Tissue Therapy

Sports Massage

What is it?

Soft Tissue Massage (commonly referred to as Sports Massage) is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles tendons and ligaments. There are a variety of techniques all designed to promote healthy muscles, connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry and balance of muscles. Sports Massage is a more vigorous form of soft tissue massage that can be used both pre and post event to help maintain/restore a healthy, well balanced body. You don’t have to be a sports person to benefit from massage, it can be beneficial for managing day to day problems such as pain caused from postural issues, fatigue, tension, stress or repetitive strain. As a Physiotherapist massage therapy is usually used as part of a whole rehab package, a sport massage however can be a nice supplement to your training programme to keep your soft tissue healthy. At KHPhysiotherapy Sports Massage sessions can be booked in blocks or as a single session and last 40 mins.

Who may benefit?

Soft Tissue Massage/Sports Massage can benefit people of all ages and abilities. Those suffering from continual muscle pain may benefit more from a physiotherapy session, where a full assessment can be undertaken and a rehabilitation programme prescribed. If you are unsure if massage is appropriate for you please contact me to discuss further.

I’m also now a fully paid member of the STA (Sports Therapy Association) so please check as some private health providers will reimburse these sessions separately!

ideal for;

  • Pre event warm up
  • Post event cool down
  • Injury prevention
  • Reducing tone in tight muscles
  • Reducing pain in tender spots (known as Trigger Points) in muscles
  • Aiding relaxation to reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improving wellbeing and mental focus
  • Improving ROM in a joint/muscle

FAQ's

Will it hurt?

Deep tissue massage can be uncomfortable and everyone tolerates different pressures but a good therapist will work with the pt to allow optimum hands on treatment. Too brutal and you are causing damage to the soft tissue but too soft means you are only affecting superficial layers. Myofascial release can be very slow movements to effect the fascia that surrounds our muscles and organs. There may be some bruising after but this should be minimal as pressure should be applied gradually as the therapists hand sink into the soft tissue

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