Loughborough Sports Massage

WHAT IS SPORTS MASSAGE?

Massage therapy is a long-term solution for muscle performance and injury rehabilitation and prevention. It takes time and several sessions to achieve the intended effect. Most of all, it requires the skills of a professional therapist. But the time and resources spent on sports massage are worth it for the pay off.

Sports massage improves muscle performance, enhances flexibility, and increases the athlete’s range of motion around the joints. Rigorous physical activity will also cause your muscles to tighten, which results in an ischemic reaction. This condition restricts the blood supply to the muscles. Getting a massage regularly will enhance the blood flow and transport nutrients to the muscles.

The benefits of sports massage go beyond the physiological. The strains of athletic training take their toll on the mind. Relaxation massage facilitates rest and better sleep. It can also help quiet the mind. Every session can leave the athlete refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to tackle the next round of training.

Sports Massage techniques

HOW SPORTS MASSAGE CAN HELP

The effect of sports massage depends on the type of technique used. During a deep tissue massage, the therapist uses a slow but firm pressure to reach deeper layers of the muscle and fascia, which penetrates and softens hard and tense muscles. Deep tissue massage is very popular with amateur and professional athletes.

Myofascial release can be confused with deep tissue massage. The fascia is the upper protective layer of muscle, which becomes hard and stiff with excessive use. Continued pressure applied during a myofascial release is used to relax the fascia. Massage oils aren’t normally used during a myofascial release so that the therapist can accurately feel the fascia fibres.

Other techniques used can include connective tissue lock (CTM lock) which is designed to work specifically on fascia, and soft tissue release (STR) which is administered by applying and maintaining a pressure, or ‘locking’ into the relevant tissues whilst simultaneously stretching away the aligning fibres. 

The ‘tools of the trade’ for sports massage techniques are the therapist’s fingers, thumbs, knuckles, forearms, elbows, reinforced thumbs and fingers. Friction techniques utilise the therapist’s thumbs and fingers, while compressions use the palm of the hands, elbows or forearms, often using deep longitudinal strokes. 

Athletes under rehabilitation care receive massages according to the type of injury. For example, patients with a rotator cuff injury only receive light massages when the swelling is evident and the pain is still fresh, to help increase blood flow. Deep tissue massages are administered when pain and swelling have decreased.

Sports massage therapist giving Loughborough Uni athlete a massage
Injured knee with hands holding it

range of movement testing

Good flexibility and range of movement are important for injury prevention and sports performance. It’s key to unlocking the potential for any niggles turning into injuries.

Following the test we work to restore normal range of movement by identifying the muscle or muscle groups involved and massaging until they release. In most cases this will fix muscular problems and have a massive influence on better joint function. 

Human back with trigger points shown

trigger point therapy

Trigger point therapy, otherwise known as neuromuscular therapy, is an advanced technique used in the armoury of sports massage and involves putting pressure on specific myofascial points in your body to relieve pain.

Trigger point therapy is an essential part of the treatment and we use it on most of our clients. We can’t stress the importance of trigger point therapy and it’s effectiveness.

Person suffering from overuse syndrome holding wrist

about Overuse Syndrome

Overuse syndrome is  where a certain part of the body is damaged by repeatedly overusing it or subjecting it to too much stress. 

The strain that causes overuse syndrome occurs when a body part is called on to work harder, stretch farther, impact more directly, or otherwise function at a greater level then it is capable of handling. The affecting impact may be insignificant, but when it occurs repeatedly the constant straining can cause damage.

Loughborough sports massage client Michaella Glenister standing poolside

Sports Massage Case Study

Michaella Glenister
British Swimmer

Michaella, who lives and trains in Leicestershire, has been working with us since 2015, having tracked us down through the internet. Over the last five years, through the sheer determination of Michaella and the constant support of her mother, she has gone from swimming locally through to representing Great Britain.

She swam a huge personal best to win Great Britain’s first medal at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships last year.  The 17-year-old had qualified second fastest for the final of the Women’s 400m Individual Medley and she stormed home to win a bronze medal.

Leicester Sharks swimmer Michaella says her recent selection for British Swimming’s Podium Potential squad has given her the belief to try to make the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The 17-year-old, who is ranked third in Britain for the 400m individual medley, tells us making the Games in Japan would mean “the world” to her and her family.

Savva will be on-hand to make sure that Michaella will remain injury-free in the run-up to Tokyo 2020.

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