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What to expect from “Sports” Massage or Soft Tissue Therapy

What to expect when getting a sports massage

Sports Massage can also be known as Deep Tissue or Remedial Massage and in Soft Tissue Therapy additional techniques can be used including assisted stretching, remedial exercises and lifestyle advice.

This type of massage can help anyone with everyday aches and pains from office work, manual labour, driving or postural issues. For athletes it can also aid the recovery processes between training sessions, improve blood circulation, help prevent injury and enhance sporting performance. You do not need to be an athlete or sporty person to benefit from a “sports” massage you just need to be human!

When you arrive at my clinic we will discuss the reason you have come in for treatment. So that we can get a better understanding of what the problem may be and what any contributing factors are I will ask you questions about any health issues you may have, medications you are taking, your lifestyle and previous injuries. We will also talk about what you are hoping to achieve from your visit.

Once a case history has been completed you will be requested to remove appropriate items of outer clothing, I advise that you wear suitable underwear and can bring loose fitting shorts. You are always welcome to bring a chaperone with you to appointments. Most first appointments will include a postural assessment, ranges of movement and a visual / manual assessment of the area of pain.

Massage is a manual therapy and I use cream or oil when treating. I use towels and cushions to make you as comfortable as possible. The pressure used can often be quite deep and may cause some discomfort but should never be very painful. We need to work together to get the right level for you, everyone is different and I can use other techniques such as muscle energy techniques and assisted stretching to achieve painless results as necessary. At the end of your treatment, I will probably show you some suitable remedial exercises and stretches for you to complete in your own time.

After your treatment you should rest and drink plenty of water!! Your muscles may be a little sore, especially the first time as they may not be used to being massaged. I normally advise that a client should refrain from any vigorous exercise for 24 hours as your body will need to integrate the changes that have taken place as a result of the massage. Listen to your body, if it feels like it needs a day off, give it one.