About Sports Massage
Sports massage is a form of hands on treatment that uses deep tissue and Swedish massage techniques specifically adapted to deal with the demands of intense physical exertion on the body. Its primary purpose is to ease stiffness and pain in muscles, ligaments and joints, increase mobility in muscles and joints, warm up muscle and connective tissue prior to exercise and aid in the removal of toxins such as lactic acid which are the by-products of sporting activity. Sports Massage techniques involves slow, deep and intense massage strokes across the grain of the muscle to aid recovery from physical injuries, chronic tension and emotional stresses within the body. Deep tissue massage applies greater pressure to deeper layers of the musculature.
What Sports Massage can do to help you
Sports Massage has been found to enhance athletic performance by keeping muscles at their peak of flexibility and strength, whilst preventing injury. Massage after exercise reduces ones level of stiffness and muscle soreness. For some athletes a massage helps keep anxiety at a minimum before a competition. Regular Sports Massage sessions have been shown to improve an athletes speed, strength, endurance and flexibility, as well as shorten recovery time between events. Sports Massage doesn't always have to be aimed at athletes as it can be used to treat a wide range of conditions such as releasing trapped nerves, correct damaged muscle tissue and soften hardened muscles which have caused joint restriction and structural malalignment.
Sports Massage has been found to be effective in the treatment of :
- Neural Dysfunction i.e. Sciatica, Radicular Pain, Lower Back Pain
- Muscle Strains / Tears
- Ligamentous Injury
- Joint Pain
- Muscular Spasm i.e. either post injury or post exercise.
About your therapist
Nick Skinner (BSc), NAMMT (RM), graduated from the highly acclaimed Northern Institute of Massage (Bury) and is a member of the