Sports massage includes a variety of classic, deep tissue, friction and trigger point release massage techniques. It can be used to both help prevent and recover from the injuries. It can also be used as part of a regular routine to aid recovery from training and competition.
What are frictions?
Frictions are used to prevent or break up adhesions forming in soft tissues. It is applied with a deep pressure into the tissue and works to break apart and realign fibres. This technique is often used for treating tendon injuries by helping to mobilise scar tissue in a poorly healed injury.
What is trigger point massage?
Trigger point pressure release involves applying pressure with thumb or elbow to a trigger point (or knot of muscle). By gradually increasing the pressure as it releases and stopping as the pain goes away. This technique can also be performed together with a movement for greater results. Both techniques can help to decrease pain symptoms and increase blood flow to the area. It's particularly effective at relieving tightness in muscles that are spasmed, especially in the back, shoulders and neck.
Benefits of Sports Massage
Sports massage can be used by sportspersons for pre or post-event treatments aiding preparation and recovery, or during training periods as needed again to aid recovery. It's not only beneficial for athletes, but also for anyone who is suffering from daily aches and pains or from chronic injuries.
- Stimulate circulation
- Increase muscle mobility and reduce stiffness
- Decrease pain and stress
- Soft tissue stretching
- Break down scar tissue and aid recovery from injury