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Sports Therapy and Massage in Swansea

injury-prevention-icon-blueFor Injury prevention we offer sports massage to help keep those overuse injuries at bay and reduce your risk of muscle strains and muscle imbalances.

Sports massage is the methodical manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues for the relief of discomfort and tension, using deep stroking techniques with pressures, frictions and stretching.

Sports massage has an increasing profile in sports medicine, offering benefits for all kinds of athletes, from elite swimmers, cyclists and footballers, to recreational golfers and joggers, and weekend sports enthusiasts. Sports massage is a deeper type of massage that works specifically with sporting and occupational injuries and ailments. Most of our clients are active people who come in for treatment to recover from injury sustained during sport. From a tennis elbow or snapping hip, to a twisted ankle or shin splints, sports massage provides relief from discomfort and aids rehabilitation and recovery. Many techniques are used to reduce pain, enhance performance, improve range of movement and aid recovery.

Benefits of Sports Massage are:

  • Reduction in muscle stiffness, pain and fatigue
  • Increase in flexibility and range of movement
  • Improved balance between muscles
  • Greater postural awareness
  • Improve the speed and quality of soft tissue repair

Effects of Sports Massage are:

  • Stimulates circulation
  • Decongests the tissues and improves tissue drainage
  • Removes metabolic waste
  • Increases the uptake of oxygen and nutrients to the tissue cells
  • Increases the rate of tissue repair by improving soft tissue mobility and formation of collagen
  • Under the umbrella of Sports Massage comes various techniques:

Some of the techniques we use for our Sports Massage treatments are:

  • Trigger Point Therapy

    Trauma occurs to the soft tissues by overuse, adaptive shortening, postural imbalance, strains, stress or nutritional deficits. This trauma leaves the soft tissues in a state of involuntary spasm, leading to pain and a restriction of movement. This spasm triggers a ‘trigger point’ to form in the soft tissue structure which will feel like a knot. Deactivation of these trigger points will;

    • Reduces local and referred pain patterns
    • Helps to restore muscle imbalances
    • Increases soft tissue mobility
    • Improves circulation
    • Provides a local and general relaxation
    • Increase flexibility of the affected muscle
    • Improves range of movement (ROM)
  • Soft Tissue Release

    This is an advanced and very specific sports massage technique. It’s a combination of stretching and deep friction that illicits a specific stretch to a muscle. It’s commonly used with frictions to;

    • Reduce adhesions in soft tissue structures
    • Improves local circulation
    • Increases functional ROM
    • Develops flexibility in tight muscles and muscle groups
  • Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) stretching

    MET is a form of passive stretching from the world of osteopathic techniques. MET’s target the soft tissues primarily, although it also makes a major contribution towards joint mobilisation. The purpose of MET stretching is to improve a client’s flexibility and therefore range of movement at a joint.

    Its effects are:

    • Releases muscle spasms
    • Decreases muscle hypertonicity (tension)
    • Improves muscle flexibility
    • Restores muscle balance
  • Frictions

    This technique is directed pressure over soft tissues that manipulate their structure by softening up adhesions and returning the muscle back to its full function. Along with Soft Tissue Release, it provides a stretch to a highly specific area of tissues. Its effects are;

    • Reduces congestion in a local area
    • Increases local circulation
    • Reduces the effect of scar tissue post injury
    • Improves the mobility of soft tissues

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