SPORTS MASSAGE (Recover, Relieve, Rejuvenate)
- Train longer and harder
- Recover faster from workouts
- Target your injuries for rapid relief
- Alleviate tension after a stressful day at work
- Ease muscle strain from lifting or working in the garden or house
Sports massage uses specific hands-on techniques that help muscle fibres to return to normal and correct function. The techniques work with the physiological behaviour of muscles to achieve better alignment and flexibility through stretching and separating congested tissue.
Sports Massage is suitable for everyone. It is not a luxury reserved to only professional athletes. It is beneficial to performers and amateur sports people, as well as workers in the building trade because it is an efficient way of relieving muscular tension resulting from repetitive actions, such as using tools or machines to perform hobbies or work activities, sedentary lifestyles such as desk-based professions, or more chronic conditions where muscular issues prevail, such as fibromyalgia and scoliosis.
PRE-HAB AND REHAB (Uncover, Prevent, Restore)
What Is Pre-hab?
If Rehabilitation is the process of getting back to functional fitness after injury, Pre-habilitation is the approach taken towards prevention of injuries.
The concept is widely embraced in the world of professional sports, where the risk and cost of injury to elite athletes vastly outweighs the relatively small investment involved in keeping them on the track, field, court or pitch. However, it is largely unknown within the wider population.
This is where people from similar background to mine step in because, this is where the real need for Pre-hab is.
The gloomy picture is that we are an ageing, unfit, inactive population. We eat unhealthily, live under constant low-level stress, and sit too much and badly. This makes us prime candidates for postural dysfunction and pain along with a host of lifestyle and diet related injuries and health issues…unless we do something about it.
Pre-hab is precisely that “something”: A preventive maintenance scheme, which will lead us to being stronger, fitter, healthier and functionally active for longer.
Pre-hab integrates a number of programmes – primarily, assessment, exercise, physical therapy and nutrition.
A good Pre-hab programme will:
- Ensure that the exercise you’re doing is getting you to reach your fitness goals
- Ensure that your muscular imbalances are reduced through a strengthening and corrective exercises programme along with sports massage sessions to resolve any current injuries and underlying issues
- Be pre-emptive, addressing any lifestyle-related or historic imbalances to minimise future injuries as well as deal with aches, pains or minor niggles early before they become something more serious
- Enable prompt treatment of any future injuries (some are always going to be unavoidable) to reduce their severity and impact
A Pre-hab massage is an hour or 90-minute session to check the general state of the muscles you will be using during your training or that you use relentlessly on a day-to-day basis. Whilst other sessions may focus solely on one specific problem (eg. Left knee pain), in a physical assessment session I try to cover as much as possible to give you a full picture of where your muscles are tight and overworked and/or of any imbalances in muscle tone or tension. From there, I can offer advice and coaching on whether you require strengthening or corrective exercises, how you can adjust your stretching routine or check your technique to help you improve and prevent injury.
Each session starts with a postural assessment and a review of what you are training for, or what you are planning to do, so I know which muscles to look at. During the session you will get feedback on muscle tightness, risky areas and the possible implications. Generally most of the session will be on the table, but if I find something I feel is particularly significant I will leave some time at the end for a specific stretch or exercise. Pre-hab is not just for athletes – it can be useful for occupational tension as well.
Massage for a specific purpose
This is still to ease off the pain and tension in either specific areas or the whole body. Or it can also be pre or post surgery sessions. The treatment sessions can vary from massage only or in the case of Rehabilitation be combined with strengthening exercises, corrective and flexibility exercises as well as manipulations, Ultrasound & Electrotherapy etc
BIOMECHANICAL ASSESSMENT AND CORRECTION (Evaluate, Develop, Fix)
Biomechanical assessment identifies and corrects potential injuries by analysing the structure, alignment and function of the lower limbs, in weight bearing and non-weight bearing situations.
Over time, or as a result of abnormal and increased stress on the body, altered or poor biomechanics will put pressure on certain parts of the lower limb, eventually causing pain. Injuries can be prevented by correcting these imbalances. However, once an injury has been sustained it is important to correct any predisposing biomechanical factors to ensure the cause of the injury is targeted effectively.