What is Remedial Sports Massage?
Remedial sports massage is a type of massage that caters to all types of individuals, whether they be seasoned athletes, avid gym goers, weekend warriors, or anyone else experiencing the toll of physical activity on the body. It is a way to aid in the recovery process and enhance performance by experiencing the many benefits that come with it.
So what is it?
Remedial sports massage utilises massage techniques specifically designed for those who engage in physical activity. Beyond being a relaxing massage, it targets specific muscles, tendons, and soft tissues to reduce pain, reduce muscle tension, and promote healing.
What are the benefits?
Remedial sports massage has a wide range of benefits including injury prevention, increased recovery time, providing pain relief, increasing mobility, and promoting relaxation by reducing stress.
Injury Prevention: Remedial sports massage allows for the ability to prevent injuries by identifying and addressing muscle tightness, whilst relieving tense trigger points that can cause pain and discomfort.
Decreased Recovery Time: Remedial sports massage is thought to decrease recovery time by promoting blood circulation to the affected areas. This helps with inflammation and aids in muscle recovery, allowing you to get back to your training routine sooner.
Pain Relief: Remedial sports massage is a great way to help alleviate muscle pain and soreness, which is especially beneficial after intense physical activity or injury.
Improved Mobility: Regular sessions of remedial massage can lead to improved mobility and range of motion, which can be helpful, especially for athletes to help reduce the risk of injury.
Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Besides the physical benefits of remedial sports massage, it is also a great way to induce a sense of relaxation, reduce stress levels, and overall enhance well-being.
Techniques used in Remedial Sports Massage:
Deep Tissue Massage: This technique is used to apply deep pressure to release muscle tension, targeting muscle soreness.
Trigger Point Therapy: By applying pressure to specific trigger points in the body, pain and tension can be relieved in these areas.
Myofascial Release: This technique focuses on releasing tension in the fascia, which is the connective tissue that surrounds muscles. This helps to improve mobility and alleviate pain.
When to Utilise Remedial Sports Massage:
Pre-Event Massage: Before a sporting event, it is thought that remedial sports massage helps prepare muscles for performance, increases blood flow to the areas, and improves mobility.
Post-Event Massage: Remedial sports massage after an event aids in muscle recovery, reducing soreness, and improving mobility.
Injury Rehabilitation: Remedial sports massage plays a crucial role in the rehabilitation of athletes recovering from injuries. It aids in decreasing recovery time, restoring mobility, and alleviating scar tissue formation
Maintenance: Regular remedial sports massages are a great addition to a maintenance routine throughout a sporting season, increased training load, or in preparation for an event. It ensures muscles stay in optimal condition, promotes injury prevention, and optimises performance.
Remedial sports massage is a great tool for athletes and active individuals to help optimise their performance, enhance their recovery, and prevent injuries. Through its targeted techniques and individualised approach, remedial sports massage is a great way to improve physical well-being.
If you are a seasoned athlete, avid gym goer, or weekend warrior looking to enhance performance and optimise recovery, reach out to our massage therapist Rylee to discuss a tailored treatment plan, specific to your needs and goals. You can also make a booking by clicking the button below.
Written by Rylee (Remedial Sports Massage Therapist)