Treatment is tailored to individual needs regardless of fitness or age. A big part of sports therapy is injury prevention, movement is key regardless of age and ability.
During a treatment, a detailed medical history would be taken followed by a muscle assessment then the treatment and a rehab program.
Unlike classic massage, often used for relaxation, sports therapy massage usually focuses on specific problems, such as:
• Chronic pain
• Limited mobility
• Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
• Repetitive strain injuries and Occupational Overuse Syndromes
• Postural problems
• Osteoarthritic pain
• Muscle tension or spasm
Sports Therapy (Remedial massage) has excellent results on persistent or chronic pain, postural imbalance and sporting niggles.
When there is muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can restrict circulation and cause pain, limit movement, and exacerbate inflammation. Sports therapy massage works by increasing circulation and mobilising these adhesions to restore normal movement and relieve pain.
Some of the soft tissue techniques that may be used:
Myofascial release: Myo = Muscle. Fascia = (fascial = Connective Tissue is a three-dimensional matrix that intertwines, surrounds, protects and supports every structure in the body). Fascia shortens, solidifies and thickens in response to trauma, physical or mental. Most of my work as a therapist is releasing the fascial tissue. Hands-on therapy address the tissue barriers of resistance - Check out my blog for further info on myofascial
Soft Tissue Release: This is a technique that is great for soft tissue dysfunctions such as hypertonicity, scar tissue adhesions and lesions. Great for chronic pain patterns. Movement release.
Trigger Point Therapy - Trigger points can be found in all muscles. Can be described as knots and can be very painful. Massage therapy can eliminate trigger points by releasing the tissue and stimulating circulation into the "knotted" tissue.
Deep Tissue Massage - Still go back to my roots and use the massage techniques of my Swedish and deep tissue massage. Great as an aid to each of my advanced techniques.
Dry Needling/Cupping - Great for Tigger point release, circulation, movement release.
Neurokinetic Therapy: is a series of muscle testing to discover where the possible imbalance is in the body, it addresses the motor control centre in the cerebellum which coordinates and stores all the movements programs. When a muscle test fails the motor control centre is opened to new learning. The NKT protocol actually re-programs the dysfunctional routines stored in the motor control centre. This allows you the practitioner to treat the cause of dysfunction instead of the symptoms. Back pain for years could be due to hip flexors overcompensating or it could be that your diaphragm needs released. Or it could be you’re not using your back due to an injury years ago. Check out more about NKT