What is Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy.......

... just a term to lump together a bunch of advanced techniques which are used by qualified Sports and Remedial Massage Therapists to reduce muscle tension, hypertonicity and pain.  It is not for the sole use on athletes, nor is it brutal or painful and is only "deep" when the tissues allow it to be.  Muscles and fascia respond to the heat and pressure applied through massage by "melting".   When the tissues "melt" this allows greater depth to be achieved which can relieve adhesions, scarring and trigger points.  The reduction of dysfunctional patterns in the fascia can reduce pain and restore health to the tissues.  Anyone and everyone can benefit from massage.  Whether you are active or sedentary your muscles take the toll of everyday living.  Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy can improve soft tissue functionality, increase range of motion and reduce the effects of fatigue and muscle stiffness.  Applied correctly, Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy can promote healing and speed up your return from injury, get you back to doing the thing you love and reduce the risk of further injury.

Benefits of Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy


Overuse injuries occur when a repetitive action is performed regularly.  Tension builds up when there is a constant demand on muscles, tendons and ligaments making them prone to injury.  Increased muscle activation leads to muscle ischaemia which is when the muscle cell becomes blocked and can neither receive the nutrients it requires for energy production nor remove the toxins produced by energy production.  Other muscles are recruited when the primary muscle becomes fatigued and compensatory patterns begin to develop.  However, these muscles are not designed for the task they are being required to perform and soon fatigue themselves and the cycle of fatigue and pain perpetuates until the tension is relieved.  The chronic outcome of the pain/fatigue cycle is reduced quality of life as muscles become weakened through pain, fatigue and reduced range of motion and you are not able to do the things you want to do.  I use advanced sports massage techniques such as Muscle Energy Technique, Soft Tissue Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Connective Tissue Massage and Positional Release to release the soft tissue and restore myofascial balance to your body.  


Field et al., (2007), explain how massage may reduce the perception of pain by effecting a neurological change in its pathway.  The neurons which transmit pressure messages from massage are relayed more quickly along myelinated nerve fibres than pain messages which are transmitted along slower, non-myelinated nerve fibres and are able to close the "gateway" to the brain which helps us to perceive and interpret pain.  Various studies have shown how seretonin levels increased in patients with lower back pain which led to a reduction in pain and increased relaxation.  Massage using moderate pressure has been shown to effect positive changes in pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (Field, 2007).


Once pain and adhesions are reduced and myofascial glide is restored the range of movement can be improved.  By restoring range of movement to your optimum you will be able to exercise the muscles and strengthen those weakened by hypertension or lack of use or both and lengthen those which have become short and "tight".  This will reduce the effects of faulty loading on your system and you will be able to use your muscles the way they were meant to be used and correct compensatory patterns which will break the cycle leading to musculoskeletal breakdown.


Increased relaxation leads to a reduction in anxiety (Weerapong et al., 2005) which can lead to an increased perception of control and self efficacy which can improve performance (Bandura, 1989) and well being (Hemmings, 2001).  When you are more relaxed your anxiety levels decrease and performance and focus improve.  Injury and pain can lead to feelings of depression or a lack of motivation for fear of re-injury or pain, massage can relieve all these symptoms and the overall effect is to speed up the healing process to get you fit for life and back to doing the things you love best.


Encole et al., (2010) showed that the body responds more quickly to massage by halving the pain when treatment is within 3 months of the presentation of symptoms.  However, the good news is that, although chronic patients took a little longer to respond, they also responded to massage with reduction in pain by half very shortly after massage techniques were applied.  Don't put up with that pain or discomfort, book a massage today - get fit for life and be the best you can be!

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