When most people think of having massage, they believe it to be something of an indulgence, a treat if you like, that they might allow themselves to have every once in a while.

The importance of self-care has been one of the biggest topics of discussion in recent times. Whether you practice mindfulness, yoga, read a book or exercise, all of which are excellent methods; taking some time out to reap the benefits massage can bring could be just what is needed to keep you on track.

Sports massage is a form of massage that has been around for many years. There is a common misconception that this form of massage is purely for sports enthusiasts. Whilst this is partly true, this form of treatment can be applied to anyone, irrespective of fitness, age or gender.

What is massage?

Massage is a combination of techniques that address joints and their soft tissue attachments in order to create ease of movement and reduced pain. These
techniques often consist of effleurage, petrissage, compression, vibration, and deep strokes.

Additionally, more advanced techniques include myofascial release, trigger point therapy, soft tissue release and muscle energy technique are also utilised.

Will it be painful?

Sports massage can be firmer than a massage you might typically receive at a health spa however; all good practitioners will adjust their depth to meet a comfortable coping level that works for you. There may be areas that are sorer than others which can feel a little more painful nevertheless, the massage generally should feel firm, affecting the areas that it needs to, but relaxing at the same time.

What are the benefits of massage?

Using a combination of different techniques, massage can aid in a number of areas. It can improve flexibility, joint range of motion and athletic performance. Furthermore it has shown to reduce pain, prevent injury, reduce stress and anxiety, provide a tranquil space to recover and improve fluid movement.

All of these benefits can be applied to your self-care routine depending on what you need support with at that time. It is applicable to those training for sports events, for everyday postural aches and pains, pregnant and post natal mums, those suffering with migraines and stress, everybody really!

Most people are amazed by the degree of which their bodies take on emotional stress and strains. There is a great deal of research out there that is taking into account the psychosocial effects of injuries in patients, rather than just looking at how they move or what has caused the pain to occur in the first place. One of the biggest reasons we see clients is because pain has got to a stage where it is unbearable and needs hands on treatment. Part of the answer is to engage in regular treatments to avoid things building to an uncomfortable level.

Typically our clients might choose to book a session for anything varying from once per week to once per month depending on their needs and what suits them best.  If you require any further information or would like to speak with one of our clinical team please email info@complete-physio.co.uk or call direct on 02074823875 and we shall be happy to help you.