Sports /Rehabilitative Massage
Here at Premier Clinic we are proud to be able to offer sports massage as one of our services. Of course many practitioners will offer the same, but we like to think we have a bit of an edge on them. We really do have everything on hand to aid you with every step of your recovery.
That said, one thing we always struggle with is people’s perception that sports massages are only for top athletes. It’s true that sports massage initially developed as a way to help athletes achieve optimal results in their preparation for events, or to speed up recovery after competition. However, that doesn’t mean you have to be in the same league as Mo Farah or Nicola Adams to benefit.
If you have an injury, even if it wasn’t caused as a direct result of training or playing sports, we will be able to help. Our therapists will focus on one particular complaint or area that you are struggling with. This could be a pain in your shoulder caused through playing tennis, or tight hamstrings from running. Whatever the cause of your pain we will identify it and work out what is causing it. We will then create an on going plan to not only make it better, but to ensure your risk of continued injury is significantly decreased.
Different types of Sports Massage
Sports massages can be used for a variety of reasons, and as a result there are four main types of sports massage:
1. Pre-event massage: this is a short but exhilarating massage given immediately prior to a sporting event or activity taking place. Specific attention will be paid to the muscles and ligaments that will be involved in the activity to help achieve optimal performance.
2. Post-event massage: this is ideally performed within a short period after a physical activity/event (i.e. within two hours). Its main purpose is to restore the body’s tissues to normal after exertion and to help prevent injury/pain.
3. Restorative massage: this type of massage is used during training for an event to allow the athlete to train harder. It is also designed to reduce the risk of injury both during training and the event itself.
4. Rehabilitative massage: this is offered once injury has already occurred and is aimed at alleviating and managing pain, to ensure the body can return to full health.
The massage you will be given will depend on your condition, the extent of your injury, your pain levels and the desired outcome. Your therapist might use a combination of massages and techniques to ensure that blood circulation is stimulated, muscle knots are worked and fluid is drained depending on your individual needs.
To find out how we can help you, just give us a call today on 01254 677341 and we will be happy to make an appointment for you.