What is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue using a variety of specialist manual techniques designed to help alleviate a wide range of symptoms and conditions. It is a hands-on therapy requiring the use of a medium, usually oil, to enable me to manipulate your muscles without causing unnecessary discomfort to you.
The techniques used are deeper than regular massage and you may be placed in several positions to ensure the best possible access to all parts of the muscles being treated. I also use specific stretches called Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) where there is evidence of muscle tightness and scar tissue resulting from strains and sprains. This type of stretching usually requires you to contract certain muscles in order to help facilitate the required stretch or to encourage the separation of fibres that have become adhesive. It can also be used to assist with the strengthening of damaged muscles in the early stage of rehabilitation. Other techniques I may use to treat adhesions, scar tissue and fascial restrictions include Active Release Techniques (ART), Soft Tissue Release (STR), Connective Tissue Manipulation (CTM) and Neuromuscular Techniques (NMT). Where necessary, I will carry out a spinal adjustment (manipulation) which is typically characterized by a popping in the treated spinal segment during the adjustment.
When booking your Sports Massage, you can opt for full body, specify areas to be focused on or allow me to guide you as to what I believe to be the best approach depending on your presenting symptoms. To assist with this process I will conduct a consultation with you to establish the exact cause of your musculoskeletal complaint and follow this up with a physical assessment that may include your posture, range of motion and a selection of orthopaedic tests.
As a sports person or a regular participant in exercise, you will appreciate the need to be injury free so it would be wise to have a regular sports massage as an Injury Prevention tool rather than to wait until it is too late.
Symptoms and conditions treated include;
- aches and pain
- muscle spasm
- trigger points
- postural irregularities
- muscle imbalances
- tight & shortened muscles
- reduction of scar tissue
- restricted range of motion
- lymphatic drainage
- balancing your autonomic nervous system
You can book your Sports Massage with me at Streatham Osteopaths, 114 Moyser Rd, Streatham, London, SW16 6SH, though please call me first on 07768 660077 or use the Contact Me page. I also do home visits so you will need space for a regular treatment couch and two large towels.