When a professional athlete tears a muscle or similar, it makes news. But
anyone who plays sport or is involved in hard physical effort can be injured
and the most vulnerable are children and adolescents, middle-aged athletes
and women. More and more sports and fitness enthusiasts include massage
as a part of their conditioning programmes. Deep Tissue Massage is
not just for the professional athlete or the person who is training for the
Olympics. It is for everyone and needs to be looked at as a health benefit
and not a luxury. People just like you and me are including deep tissue massage as part of
their regular healthy living programmes. Almost anyone can benefit from
treatment, athlete or not.
Whenever you exercise or exert yourself heavily, small amounts of swelling
occur in the muscle because of tiny tears. Therefore massage, after the event,
will help reduce the swelling, loosen tired, stiff muscles, help maintain
flexibility, promote circulation and more oxygen to the muscle, and
help to remove the waste products of energy generation. The deep neuro – muscular massage will help
speed up recovery time and alleviate any soreness. Below are descriptions
of the more common forms of deep tissue massage
Athletes from most sports use deep tissue massage Sports variant as part
of their training programme, before and after competition
and tailored specifically for that person and their sport. In
fact a number of athletes have attributed Sports Massage as
a primary reason for their performances and longevity. For
the athlete massage can help improve performance, increase
endurance, and help lower fatigue levels. By reducing
fatigue, athletes can train better with longer and more
effective workouts. When you choose to receive massage
between your workouts, there is a high increase in your
BODY (SWEDISH) MASSAGE
Most people who have not had a sports massage before will start with this. It includes the full body and is a
lighter form of neuro – muscular deep tissue massage penetrating just the top layer of your muscles. It is probably the most
common form of massage. Its main goal is to aid your relaxation and improve your circulation.
The therapist applies oil to your skin and uses flowing strokes and kneading movements to relieve
tension in your muscles. The treatment incorporates light and deep movements, allowing your
mind and body to unwind through the release of tension from your muscles, also stimulating your
body’s circulatory systems. Long-term benefits can include an overall feeling of well-being and
increased confidence. It may also help to improve your muscle tone and the appearance of your
CLINICAL AND REMEDIAL MASSAGE
These forms of massage refer to styles of treatment that employ a variety of Deep Tissue
manipulation techniques to aid injury recovery. These styles get down into the muscles that are
under the top layer of your skin. They tend to be deeper, slower, and more muscle specific.
They are forms of massage that can help remedy specific acute and chronic conditions such as
frozen shoulder, neck pain, migraine and sciatica. This type of massage is more vigorous and
uses various movement strokes to loosen your muscles. It helps break patterns of tension,
relieves chronic pain, including inflammation-related pain such as tendonitis, and improves range
Sports Massage therapy is a form of deep soft tissue manipulation that uses several specific
techniques to treat physically active individuals, anyone involved in heavy-duty physical activities
and sport performance who may be more vulnerable to injury because of the stresses placed on
their body by exertion. Sports massage can relieve niggling aches and pains before they develop
into more serious overuse injuries. It can also be great for post event relaxation and recovery,
and help to relieve stress, tension, and fatigue. Sports massage is generally used to provide
rehabilitation from soft tissue injury, to maintain muscular conditioning and joint flexibility for
competition, in order to maximise athletic potential. In addition it eases the effects caused by
severe exercise such as myofascial shortening i.e. restrictions in your body’s contractile (muscle)
and non-contractile supportive (fascia) connective tissues. Therefore it can help keep your body
flexible, aid your performance, and assist you in rehabilitation from injuries.
Sports massage can be used to help you prepare for physical activity, assist in the prevention of
injuries, and aid in your recovery from physical exertion after competition or training. Although,
as its name implies, Sports massage is a form more geared towards the athlete, it is equally
effective in dealing with the problems caused by heavy work and the stresses of everyday living.
BENEFITS OF DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Commonly known benefits include relaxation, improved circulation and relief of muscle tension.
Fitness enthusiasts/athletes will find that these forms of deep tissue massage help to improve their
flexibility; muscles tend not to be as sore and stiff; it helps in their recovery time, and reduces the
anxiety of athletic competition.
Conditions, which in general respond well to deep tissue techniques are: muscle pain and
stiffness, strains, sprains, repetitive strain injuries, sore spots and muscle tension. It should be
noted that even though these forms of massage will help certain injuries to heal you should also
seek medical advice, as some injuries may need to be immobilised. Deep Tissue Massage is safe
and effective, and if performed correctly should have few side effects.
Our ability to refer between our specialists at The Welwyn and Hatfield Practice has lifted us above the usual single therapy clinics. Our experience and patient based care is unique. Our “triage” methods are often only available at ” last resort” NHS Pain Clinics and again where all conventional methods have failed. Call us on 01707 888229.