Gemma Coleson BA (Hons) BTEC Dip

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 Specific Benefits of Massage  

Injury 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.

Injury prevention: 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 performance.  Massage can also increase the expulsion of waste by-products produced during exercise.

Training recovery: Massage can be effective after training to aid recovery; it reduces swelling and inflammation in the muscle decreasing the recovery time between training.

Circulation: 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.

Relaxation 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 stress.

Pre 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 flexibility.  It 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.

Pre 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 energy.  

Post: Massage is a great warm-down after an event and should not be deep on areas which have been worked hard during the event.  Superficial 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.

 

 

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