Sports Massage is a form of soft tissue manual therapy that doesn’t just include massage. Fundamental massage techniques such as deep tissue massage are certainly included and can form a large part of the treatment, however myofascial techniques such as soft tissue release, muscle energy techniques, trigger pointing and frictioning are all used as appropriate to the individual. The ultimate goal is to improve your soft tissue movement and mobility, reduce pain, tension and tightness and to encourage blood and lymphatic flow to reduce symptoms and prevent future injuries. Sports Massage is successfully carried out pre or post sports events, for restorative reasons or for rehabilitative reasons.
But don`t worry if you are not a sporty person. We can use sports massage techniques to help with a host of lifestyle issues created by day to day posture issues from achy neck/shoulders from screen work to bad backs from too much gardening. Don`t be put off by the title.
Anatomy in Motion is a completely new way of looking at the relationship between movement , muscles and movement restrictions. Your body is clever at avoiding movement to protect old injuries and AiM is a great way to look how your body moves and restore it`s natural movement pattern in turn reducing injuries. The AiM system was developed by Gary Ward; an expert in human movement and anatomy. The Therapist can help you to bring your own body into alignment and create an environment in which the body heals itself.
Mobility cupping uses small medical grade silicone cups on and around the area of issue to reduce pain and tightness and improve mobility. It allows the therapist to grab, pull and push fascia to treat pain, mobility and movement dysfunctions. The “suction” creates a myofascial decompression effect and increased blood flow, which all help towards reducing pain and tightness and increases the rate of recovery from injury and the range of motion of the affected area.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation, or IASTM, is a combination of facial and neuro-muscular release techniques that are non-aggressive and non-invasive using precision-engineered stainless steel tools. It helps to improve dysfunctional movement patterns utilising these soft tissue tools to improve patient treatment outcome. IASTM can also be combined with kinesiology taping and corrective exercise techniques to deliver a comprehensive approach to patient care.
K-Tape is used to treat sports and non-sports injuries and microscopically lifts the skin away from the muscles and fascia below it to create a decompressive effect. This type of taping application can reduce pain and improve mobility, alongside assisting the healing process. Various “tweak taping” methods can be used to improve mobility or to even stabilise joints. This is a really flexible tool to use in patient recovery and improvement. Used all over the body, some of the most common ailments and areas it is used to treat are plantar fasciitis, tight hamstrings, lower back pain, knee stability / runners knee and shoulder and neck pain. Whilst regularly used in sport people, it can used on anyone, including pregnant ladies.