Our Sports Masseurs
- Rhys Bastable
What is Sports Massage?
The main aim of sports massage is to reduce tension within the soft tissues of the body, such as, muscles and tendons. This can be done through a mixture of massage techniques, active and passive stretching, and kinesiology taping.
Treatment is perfect for all sporting people, sports massage is beneficial for all ages and abilities to recovery from injury or to aid/ increase performance, however, you do not have to be sporty to benefit. Sports massage can be great for general health, postural issues and relaxation.
Kinesiology tape is a lightweight, elastic material with adhesive backing which is most commonly used to support and aid function within muscles, ligaments and tendons. In practice it can also be used for postural issues to, such as, rounding of the shoulders and repetitive strain injuries. In theory, kinesiology tape lifts the top layers of skin and tissues to promote blood flow to the underlying muscle, as well as reducing pain. For both general or sport treatment kinesiology taping is a none invasive, supportive and hypoallergenic way to treat a variety of conditions.
What sports massage and kinesiology taping can aid:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis/ tension
- Sore muscles from exercise
- Runners knee
- Muscular tension
- Tennis and golfers elbow
- Shoulder pain
- Postural issues
Although sports massage is mainly used for athletes, it can be used for anyone suffering from muscular tension or pain. All of the skills can be transferred and adapted so that almost anyone can benefit.
The consultation firstly involves a detailed case history, this is where your practitioner will ask you how you sustained your injuries, where the pain is, as well as, more detailed questions about your lifestyle and any previous or present medical conditions.
Secondly, the practitioner will examine primarily the area that you have a problem, this will involve some simple movements on your part, the practitioner will take the area through some movement (passive examinations), finally going into any special/ orthopaedic tests that are relevant for your complaint.
Once the practitioner has formulated their diagnosis they will then explain in real terms what they feel is causing your pain. You will have as many opportunities as you wish to ask questions or clarify.
As long as there are no unforeseen complications which may require referral to your GP the practitioner will then move into treating your ailments.