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Sports & Remedial Massage

(deep pressure, trigger point therapy, MET’s and STR’s included)

Sports and remedial massage helps to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise or every day activities and repetitive strains. It can often be quite strenuous and aims to relieve and reduce the stress and tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues.

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Body Sense Therapy offers sports and remedial massage therapy as part of a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.

The prime purpose of sports and remedial massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can be part of the process that aids recovery and enables return to your chosen activity. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger. Sports and Remedial massage treats the whole body and traces the discomfort as far as possible back to the original cause, healing both the cause of the disorder as well as the symptoms. It uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage and to support and speed up the body’s own repair mechanisms.

This treatment is not just for sports people. Anyone can benefit from sports massage, people in physically demanding jobs and those who suffer from occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries.

Sports and remedial massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu. Bringing together this blend of techniques, knowledge and advice during treatment, to work effectively with the client to bring about optimum performance and to provide injury-free training and minimise post event injuries.

Please note that sports and remedial massage therapy is not typically covered under Private Medical Insurance policies. Please consult your individual insurer for more details. I am happy to provide receipts if you wish to claim independently but I do not bill this service directly to insurers.

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There are three areas where sports massage is used commonly use to benefit individuals.

Maintenance Massage:

A regular massage treatment programme based on the therapist’s understanding of anatomy and of the muscles used in a given sport and which are likely candidates for trouble. By concentrating on particular muscle groups the therapist can help the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility.

Event Massage:

Pre-event and post-event massage therapies are tailored for distinct purposes.

Pre-event treatment is used as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. It is tailored to the needs of the athlete and his/her event and can be relaxing or stimulating as appropriate.

Post-event massage, on the other hand, is geared towards reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with rigorous exercise. Various sports massage techniques can enhance the body’s own recovery process improving the athlete’s ability to return to training and competition, and reducing the risk of injury.

Rehabilitation:

Even with good preventative rehabilitation, muscles can cramp, strain, bruise, and ache after physical activity. Sports massage can aid healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process.

Soft tissue techniques employed by sports massage therapists can be effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries.

Trigger point techniques help to reduce the spasm and pain that occur both in the injured and “compensation” muscles.

Cross-fibre friction techniques can help with healing by improved formation of strong and flexible repair tissue, which is vital in maintaining full pain-free range of motion during rehabilitation.

****RESEARCH****

The effects and benefits of Massage have been well researched and documented with controlled studies.  Research performed by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine and International Journal of Neuroscience shows that 45-minute massage increases serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin that help to balance and elevate the mood.  Serotonin and dopamine are both neurotransmitters.  Lowered levels of either serotonin and dopamine have been linked with depression, anxiety and overall lethargy.  Increased levels, as with massage, will bring about a feeling of emotional well-being and balance. Oxytocin, commonly referred to as the “cuddle hormone,” has been shown to release while cuddling, as well as while in massage.  While it is technically a hormone, it tends to act like a neurotransmitter making a sweet little neuropeptide that makes you feel warm and soft on the inside.

A more recent study looked more at the physical benefits of massage.  This study was done with 400 adults who complained of moderate to severe low back pain, lasting 3 or more months. These adults were divided into 3 groups. The first group received a weekly full body massage. The second group received a more targeted massage that focused on specific muscles of the low back and hips. The final group did not receive massage, but instead were prescribed pain medication and muscle relaxants.  After 10 weeks, participants in both massage groups reported a greater average improvement in pain and functioning than those who received medication. The type of massage, either full-body or focused, yielded equally beneficial results.  At the end of the study, 36-39% of the massage recipients reported that the pain was nearly or completely gone, while in the medicated group only 4% reported that significant decrease in pain level.

Some benefits of massage:-

  • Relaxation. Massage both calms the nervous system and relaxes muscular tension.
  • Reduces Stress.  Many of us live demanding lives, both over scheduled and over-worked.  Stress can manifest in the body with increased muscle tension and sometimes pain.  Stress can manifest in the mind with increased worry or anxiety. Massage helps to clear the body and mind of unwanted responses to stress.
  • Increase Flexibility.  Massage will elongate the muscles, open the joints and decrease swelling, all of which will ease movement and increase flexibility.
  • Improve Posture. While postural imbalances have many sources, including overworked muscles due to repetitive strain, overcompensating muscles to ease stress on overworked muscles, prolonged sitting, or injury, Massage helps to ease the muscular holding that underlies postural imbalance.
  • Improve Blood Circulation. Massage dilates the blood vessels and widens the membrane pores in the body, improving your body’s ability to deliver fresh blood to muscles and organs.
  • Endorphin Release to Improve Mood.  Research shows increased serotonin and dopamine in massage recipients, improving their mood and feeling of emotional well-being.
  • Flush out Metabolic Byproducts.  As massage stimulates circulation, it flushes out lactic acid and uric acid that build up in muscles due to overuse.
  • Increase Range of Motion. Incorporating stretching and range of motion techniques, will open and lubricate the joints for increased range and more fluid motion.
  • Support Healthy Immunity. Because Massage also encourages the flow of lymphatic fluid, it increases lymphocytes, immune cells that are produced in the lymph nodes.
  • Increase Nutrient Supply to Muscles.  By increasing circulation, Massage increases the blood supply and nutrients to the muscles.
  • Increases Energy.  Increased circulation also means more oxygen delivered through the body, resulting in a boost in energy.
  • Improve Sleep.  Studies show that getting a massage increases serotonin levels in the body, so you can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
  • Relieve Headaches.Many headaches or migraines are a result of stress and/or poor circulation. Massage relieves the stress associated with tension headaches and improves circulation.

The significant benefits of Massage make it clear that a regular massage regimen is more than a luxury, but indeed an important ingredient in the cultivation of physical and emotional well-being.  Maybe you just want a “relaxation” massage.  But know, that in your relaxation, you are also taking care of both your body and mind in fundamental yet important ways.

  • £5075min (tailored)
  • £10to add Myofascial Cupping