Remedial & Sports Massage

Remedial & Sports Massage

Remedial massage is the targeted use of Swedish and advanced massage techniques to remedy muscular and mobility problems. The areas targeted are first identified using musculoskeletal examination, range of motion assessments and special musculoskeletal tests.

Advanced massage techniques include: myofacial stripping, trigger point release, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), muscle energy techniques (MET).

Sports massage is the use of Swedish and remedial massage to maintain and improve sporting performance. The approach of sports massage will vary greatly depending on when the massage is given: pre event, inter event, post event or during training. Massage during each period of activity is appropriate to the current or forthcoming needs.

Treating injuries, whether caused by sport or daily life, is remedial massage. The aim of sports massage is to prevent sporting injuries as well as help maintain and optimise performance. Sports massage aims to identify and treat issues (e.g.: tension, imbalance, weakness) before they cause injury, reducing lost training time and helping improve performance.

During a remedial massage session

The Consultation

  • A consultation will be taken which will include relevant medical questions
  • Next a general visual examination followed by specific testing will be performed
    • Expect to undress
    • Examination and testing is generally done with the client in minimal clothing
      • Wear underwear you would be comfortable in under the circumstances
      • Short shorts, sporting bra, speedo style swimming briefs, bikini style swimwear may offer the best comfort
    • Clients are not expected to undertake anything they are uncomfortable with
      • There are always ways to work around
      • Sheets and towels can be used to help maintain your modesty
  • Following consultation and examination a plan of action will be discussed and agreed

The Massage

  • Remedial massage is performed on the areas indicated by the consultation and testing
  • Massage is normally performed on a massage couch
    • I prefer to work on a futon at floor level
    • Though I use a couch where appropriate
  • Sheets and towels are used to help maintain your modesty
  • Oil, lotion or wax is generally used to help the practitioners strokes flow across the skin
    • My preference is to use macadamia oil
    • If nut oils are unsuitable then grapeseed oil
  • A session, including consultation, will last an hour, unless otherwise arranged

Homework

  • A big aspect of remedial and sports massage is homework
  • You will be given advice on how not to exacerbate your injury/condition
  • You are also likely to be given a series of stretches (PNF exercises) to do multiple times daily

After care

  • Following advice and homework will increase the likely hood you overcome a condition
  • Refrain from movement that causes pain
  • Regularly mobilise the troubled area throughout its pain free ROM
  • Where possible refrain from or modify the activity that caused the issue
  • It is generally advised to drink plenty of water after your massage

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