What is sport massage?
Sport massage or deep tissue massage therapy is specifically focused at getting into the deepest layer of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia, forcing the release of chronic muscle tension.
When structures are put under strain for prolonged periods, the natural flexibility and mobility is compromised. This in turn causes pain, limited movement and functionality.
These symptoms can be seen in corporate individuals as their daily work environment comprises of long hours sitting at a desk or in meetings, causing them to be in a fixed position for extended periods. Due to poor sitting posture, increased stress levels and limited exercise time these individuals frequently complain of headaches, stiff neck and upper back muscles and lower back pain.
It can also be present in individual who train for lengthy periods at a time. Due to the intense nature of exercise, the body’s natural movement patterns becomes restricted and can cause a change in joint movement, which lead to pain and eventually to injury.
For active individuals, it’s used to prepare the body for peak performance (pre-event massage), to function optimally during training or event (restorative sports massage) and to recover after an event (post-event massage).
Regular sport massages can have the following benefits:
- Reduced blood pressure
- Improved performance on the sports field
- Reduced levels of stress
- Better pain management
- Increased flexibility and range of motion
- Improved sitting and standing posture
- Improved concentration
- Reduced injuries
- Reduced days taken off work and training due to pain
Sports massage can benefit all individuals, whether physically active or sedentary
Individual who have reported the above mentioned benefits:
- Runners (hip, knee & calf pain)
- Individuals who have desk jobs (shoulder & neck pain)
- Cyclists (knee & back pain)
- Individuals who have physically strenuous jobs (picking up heavy weight)
- Gym-fanatics (sore and stiff muscles)
- Swimmers (shoulder pain)
- Pregnant ladies (lower back pain)
- Mothers who carry kids around (shoulder & back pain)
- Elderly people (stiff and sore muscles)