What is Sports Massage?
At Physioimpulse sports massage therapy is delivered as part of our interdisciplinary team approach and is utilised in many cases we see in clinic as a strategy for injury management and prevention. Cases of a stiff neck and upper back from professionals in a desk based occupation are one of the most common patient complaints we receive on a daily basis. Often the port of call is sports massage, where techniques such as deep tissue release combined with muscle lengthening techniques can go a long way towards restoring normal functionality. They work by releasing areas of increased tension from poor working posture or repetitive strain, and can help to break down areas of focal tone (commonly known as knots).
Specific uses of sports massage:
After long bouts of exercise from activities such as resistance training or running, muscles are exposed to micro trauma in the form of small tears in the fibres they are made up of. This creates areas of swelling which can become irritable and often sore. Sports massage and rehabilitation can help to remove irritable substances such as lactate away from the site and can aid in the promotion of delivery of fresh and nutrient rich blood, providing the body with everything it needs for a speedy recovery process post exercise.
Scar tissue is what the body uses to repair damaged areas in muscles. Sometimes scar tissue can be dysfunctional and form as unorganised and weak material which puts the area at risk for re-injury. Sports massage and rehab can help provide a framework to begin to remobilise this tissue, make it more pliable and less prone to re-tearing.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind:
Stress is an emotion experienced by everyone on a daily basis. No matter what level of stress, or whether it be physical or mental stress, the implications can cause negative effects on the body. Relaxation techniques are often used by the therapists at Physioimpulse, they allow for the targeting of the body as a whole and ultimately resulting in an elevation of both mood and bodily function in many of the patients we see.
What Can You Do To Reduce Muscular Tension?
-Daily stretching routine
-Foam rolling and self-applied massage
-Work at a standing desk
-Incorporate adequate rest and sleep
-Receive regular sports massage therapy
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