rehabilitation: Joint and soft tissue injuries can
result in stiff, inflexible muscles as well as potential
scar tissue. Massage
can not only help reduce the scar by realigning the
muscle fibres, but it can reduce pain and muscle
stiffness and increase the range of movement.
Massage can aid injury prevention if administered prior
to training or conditioning.
Deep tissue massage will stretch muscles,
reducing the chance of injury. It can improve muscle
range and movement, which will result in improved
Massage can also increase the expulsion of waste by-products
produced during exercise.
Massage can be effective after training to aid recovery;
it reduces swelling and inflammation in the muscle
decreasing the recovery time between training.
Massage accelerates blood circulation by the pressure
put on the veins, which pushes blood towards the heart. Tight muscles can also restrict
circulation so releasing tension will enable the blood
to flow more freely.
and stress relief:
Stress forms straight as tension in your muscles.
Massage can not only help relax muscles, it can
have a physiological and psychological effect and reduce
and post operation:
Pre: Most injuries
which require surgery will have some kind of soft tissue
damage too, such as scar tissue or just increased
tightness of the surrounding muscles.
Massage can prepare your muscles for the surgery
by increasing the flexibility and ultimately reduce pain
so that when the surgery is performed the muscles are
elastic and cope better when going under the knife.
Post: After surgery your body can be left tired and sore
with a build up of scar tissue.
Massage can help relax the muscles and reduce
scar tissue, which can impede your range of movement and
can be performed as soon as the wound has healed to
reduce the scar tissue as quickly as possible. It can
also help prepare the rest of the body for post surgery.
For example, if you are using crutches after an
operation on your leg, this will put a lot of stress on
your shoulders and also the opposite leg. By
treating these areas with Sport and Remedial massage it
can reduce additional pain and tension that may be felt.
and post event:
Pre: This can take place from two days prior to the event, right up until just
before it is about to start.
Deep massage should be avoided too close to the
event, as the effects can take a few days to recover.
Pre event massage given
just prior to the event is very much dependant on how
the client is feeling.
If feeling subdued and calm, massage can
stimulate the muscles by a tapping technique called
tapotement, this will help to wake up the muscles and
can really gear you up for a good event.
Alternatively, if the client is feeling nervous
and energetic, a more gentle technique can be used to
calm the nervous energy into more focused controlled
is a great warm-down after an event and should not be
deep on areas which have been worked hard during the
strokes should be used and often the athlete will not
want the sore/tired limbs to be treated, for example the
legs of someone who has run a marathon could be
extremely painful for the patient if worked on.
Stretching is also very useful after an event,
after a gentle massage has been given.
If the athlete is too tired to warm-down, the
massage will help, and stretching at the end of the
massage will only enhance the treatment and warm-down.