Sports massage has its base in the treatment and rehabilitation of injury and recovery of soft tissue, muscles and preventative measures whether by a sporting or life style activity.
This session begins with an in-depth consultation which will include postural, muscular and behavioural assessment. This is used as a diagnostic tool to create a very specific session dedicated to the dysfunctional or injured tissue, and includes medical history.
With all massage treatments, the therapist will adapt the pressure and techniques used to suit the client’s individual needs and preferences.
Before treatment, your therapist will provide a full consultation, asking you various questions about your health and lifestyle, to ensure treatment is right for you.
Treatments usually take place on a massage table or couch. The techniques involved will include performance enhancement, injury, trauma and or soft tissue damage prevention, restorative, event related and rehabilitative techniques to improve the condition of the client, as well as early identification and treatment of minor soft tissue overuse conditions. It can also involve improved self-awareness of the sports person and/general member of the public who may have suffered a similar injury to that of an athlete, but in the form of back strain/pain after gardening, for example. The aim is to develop a treatment programme, including evaluation and monitoring, which takes into consideration the client’s age, health, life style, physical capabilities or restrictions and previous exercise/sport history.
Whatever type of massage you are having, your therapist will advise you of what to expect before the treatment begins.