With sports massage the initial treatment consists of a full body assessment, standing and lying, with muscle testing to enable the correct treatment and rehabilitation advise.
Patients are educated all the way through as we feel it is extremely important to understand dysfunction, injury and how to prevent future occurrence. Elizabeth feels that empowering and educating the patient is the key to an effective treatment!
Liz has a remarkable passion for her job and I am always confident that whatever pain I present her with she will be able to sort it out – Nick Spyrou
After the assessment, the treatment may consist of many different techniques within the deep tissue massage.
These can be:
- Ultra sound, this is used in the acute stage (0-3 days)
- Ice treatments may be applied, all the way through injury.
- STR’s, soft tissue release.
- TP’s, Trigger points, very specific to local area around the injury.
- MET’s, muscle energy techniques used to effect the muscle length and function.
- DFM, deep friction massage, mainly used in the chronic stage of repair.
After a thorough treatment, the patient is stretched through the appropriate tissues and then given a solid explanation of how to continue the improvement at home until the next session.
Why have Sports Massage?
Sports therapy massage is an excellent way to keep the body in tip top condition and prevent problems and injuries from being created. The therapist uses special techniques to treat different areas of the body. This enables the therapist to pick up on potential trouble spots and treat them, before the patient is even aware they exist. It is also essential to get treatment immediately following an injury.
The first thing to do with a soft tissue injury is to cool the area! This is usually done with ice in a bag or wet tea towel and applied to the area within the first 20 mins of injury and re-applied every 2-3 hours depending on severity. If you are allergic to ice, cold water will do. It is always best to ask a Qualified Sports Therapist for advice.This immediate action will mean that the healing time will be shorter and easier. Below is a common way to remember how to respond to a soft tissue injury within the first 24/48 hours.
Prevention is better than cure!
All top athletes without exception have come to know, understand and rely on their therapist to look after their body. It is much better to know when some thing is not quite right and correct it, than it is to continually feel a twinge and think “it will pass” or “it will go away” and then the dramatic happens. You are out of your sport or off work for a period of time, while you wait for it to heal.
Everyone is one sided and the body will compensate beautifully if required, but how long will it be before it becomes injured. Sports massage is like an MOT for the body.
Holistic treatments like Sports Massage, allow you to understand what you need to be doing to improve your posture or movement patterns. Sports Massage also speeds the healing time of the tissues and help to rid the body of waste products like, lactic acid, that are produced from exercise.
Sports massage you will improve the extensibility and flexibility of the tissues too, making them more pliable and elastic and less prone to injury!
As stated above the benefits from regular treatments are superb, but what is regular? Well you need to decide whether that is every six weeks or every week or every other day! Only top athletes have it every other day, as it is too demanding for the average body to cope with.
In general some one who plays sport a few times a week would benefit from weekly of fortnightly treatments. Someone with injury may also need to start with the same, but if your not that serious in sport and you do not demand a lot from your body, then monthly to every six weeks will suffice.
The difference you will feel immediately after treatment. You will feel light and athletic and ready to go!