What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is a combination of deep massage techniques that are very effective at loosening up tight or restricted areas within the muscles, tendons and superficial ligaments. It is referred to as ‘sports massage’ because this technique is favoured by top level sports people on an ongoing basis as part of their training and competition, but sports massage is equally beneficial to ordinary people who have varying degrees of aches and pains.
Tell me a little more..
Sports Massage is a type of massage that is used to work on athletes of all levels of training from the weekend warrior to professional sports teams. People who do sports massage can be professional massage therapists or some athletic trainers may also do sports massage if it is allowed in their insurance.
Sports massage is not a specific technique, but applying whatever type of massage that you know to athletes. It requires extra training in anatomy and physiology as well as working with injuries. A sports massage therapist will need to have an understanding of how the body moves and works during the many sporting events.
What length of appointment should I choose?
Our most popular treatment is the 30 minutes sports massage, but if you have more time, the 45 minutes and 60 minutes sports massage treatments are the best value and they allow more time to go over everything more which results in the muscles having a more relaxed feel at the end of the session.
How should a Sports Massage be applied?
- Pre-Event – Before the actual sports event.
- Post-Event- After the actual sports event
During Training for achieving maximum performance and preventing injuries. To help heal injuries and get athletes back on the road faster.
What is a Remedial Massage Therapy?
Remedial massage is a deep massage done to create the conditions for the body’s return to normal health after injury. It is used to treat strains, sprains, broken bones, bruising or any injury where the skin is intact. Deep tissue massage removes blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions left after injury, speeds up recovery and encourages more complete healing.
Remedial massage is also used for conditions created by lifestyle, for example, repetitive strain injury and back pain. It is designed to increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas.
How successful is a Sports Massage?
It is often successful where other forms of treatment have failed.
The massage therapist needs knowledge of anatomy and physiology to determine where to treat each patient.
During treatment there is tenderness in areas that are being treated, it indicates which muscles and tendons are injured. The therapist uses the patient’s feedback to pinpoint the damaged tissue and to regulate pressure. The results are usually immediate; certainly within 3 sessions a big improvement will be seen with a skillful practitioner. Most patients feel a difference after 1 session. A recent injury, perhaps within weeks, will react and recover more quickly than a long-term injury, some up to 40 years. However they will all see improvement.
With many years’ experience the practitioner gains a clear understanding of treating sports and traumatic injuries. They will work with patients while they increase their activity levels back to normal once again. It is remarkable in that patients find themselves spontaneously being able to do things they thought that they couldn’t.
Remedial Massage has particular success with long-standing back and compound injuries that have resisted previous treatment attempts. Once a serious injury is properly healed, further treatment is only needed if another injury is sustained. Sportsmen and women attend regularly to ensure that unnoticeably small injuries are treated before they reduce performance and become debilitating. Recurrent injuries are injuries that have never been effectively treated.
What common conditions can be treated successfully?
Achilles Tendon, Tendinitis, Shin Splints, Groin Strain and Cartila are all conditions which can be treated successfully with Sports Massage.
My treatment room is based at
5 Albion Place, Leeds,
You can call me on 0113 887 4655
- 18 Jan 2014Matt Harrison“Jim’s sports massages are very effective for ironing out the tightness in my muscles which builds u...
- 13 Oct 2015Dr Aristeidis Theotokis“I’ve been visiting Jim for the last 3 years. Having tried different treatments with phy...
- 22 Jan 2014Nick Robinson“After training and competing in triathlons and marathons plus regular weights sessions, my muscles...