At Addlestone Therapy Justine Edwards, BSY (Sp Inj Graduate), MPACT/MFHT, VTCT Level 3, our Sports Massage Therapist is highly qualified with over 15 years experience. She specialises in soft tissue injuries. Below is a summary of the techniques she uses.
Techniques used in Sports Massage:
This involves manual techniques for stretching the fascia with the aim to balance the body. Fascia is found between the skin and underlying muscle and bone. It is a structure that covers and connects muscles, organs and structures. Injury, stress, trauma and poor posture can cause fascia to tighten and dysfunction.
Trigger Point Therapy
This is a bodywork technique applying pressure to tender muscle tissue (or knots) to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. (E.g. Trigger release in the upper back may release in the upper back may release tension in the neck.) These trigger points are muscular activity which are often Acupressure points. Working away these ‘knots’ can release tension and free up any restrictions.
Often used within ‘Sports Massage’ this rhythmic compression into muscles is effective for softening the tissues in order to progress and indentify specific area of dysfunction that may need mobilising.
Cross Fibre and Deep Transverse Massage
This is generally applied on tendons or ligament injury to help break down thickened, painful and sore tissue. This is applied by pressure and friction across the fibres used to create stretching and broadening of specific tissue. This type of massage also helps reduce adhesions and create strong flexible repair during the healing process of an injury.
Stretch Massage and PNF
This is a massage combining passive and active stretches. The technique targets nerve receptors in the muscles to extend muscle length. By alternating stretching and contraction several times, each stretch should be further than the last, thus helping flexibility and ultimately improving performance.
Stretching and mobilising the joints and muscles can help improve range of movement, release any impingements within the area and improve posture by encouraging correct positioning of muscle and joints.
Sports Massage is not just for ‘sports people’, it can maintain the body in better condition prevent injuries, loss of mobility, restore poor mobility, recover injured muscle tissue boost performance and generally extend the overall life of your career.