The Body Balance Clinic

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Sports Massage Frequently Asked Questions

 How does sports massage differ from normal massage?

Sports massage was developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event or function well during training. Sports massage emphasises prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons. Sports massage is a deeper form of soft tissue massage and uses a variety of techniques to assess and treat muscle imbalances, potential overuse areas and soft tissue injuries or to aid recovery after hard training sessions. Sports massage also accelerates the healing process with muscle injuries and re aligns scar tissue preventing re-occurrence.

 When should I have a sports massage?

Getting a sports massage is part of every serious athlete’s regime. It is about maximising results and minimising chance of injury, therefore experiment! I recommend serious athletes to massage weekly at their convenience, working with the same therapist means you both will recognise what your body needs at that moment in time based on how you and your body feel, taking into account your training schedule prior to the massage and the following week goals, therefore techniques will be adapted for optimal training performance or event

Pre-event sports massage – a short stimulating massage 15-45 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.

Post-event sports massage – given within an hour or two, to normalise the body’s tissue aiding recovery

Restorative sports massage – given during training to allow the athlete to train harder with less injury

Rehabilitative sports massage – aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health

How often should I have a massage?

As often as you like and can afford. Massage will always be beneficial and will be adapted accordingly, be it to aid recovery on your hardest days training, address muscle imbalances preventing minor niggles and strains. You may find that you need a massage to relax prior to your big event, others prefer a massage just to loosen up.

The minimum time between massages recommended is aim to have a massage once a month for maintenance to prevent niggles and minor strains or muscle soreness becoming a serious strain affecting your training and sporting goals, this regularity with your therapist means you both know what will suit your body for optimal training performance

 What happens during a treatment?

A brief history is taken prior to the massage including any areas which concern you. After your treatment we encourage you to drink water and stretch out. You may feel some post treatment soreness that will disappear in a day or two, this is normal and you should feel the benefits soon after

What should I wear?

We use towels during the massage for your comfort and would require you to wear underwear throughout the treatment, however if you feel more comfortable you may wear loose training shorts, ideal for the postural assessment.

What products do you use?

We use a variety; our favourite at the moment is TUI balms and waxes with a beeswax and almond oil base blended with herbs and aromatherapy oils that have specific benefits to the sports person. Natural as possible not tested on animals. 

Specific areas we treat

We treat all types of issues and will work with you towards your sporting activity & goals promoting musculoskeletal realignment, health and wellbeing. Sports massage is ideal for specific problems, as below but it is a good idea to book in for an osteopathic session to identify why you have the problem Here are a few suggestions for sports massage;

Foot & leg problems – planta fasciitis, ankle sprains, shin splints

Knee problems – runners knee, cyclists knee, ITB problems

Back problems – lower back, sciatica

Shoulders – rotator cuff and bicep issues

Neck – tension headaches, whiplash, desk-bound posture

Other – any muscle pull or strain or impact injury

Considerations – sleep, relaxation, diet to name a few.

How much time should I book?

Your first appointment will be a minimum of 45 minutes, subsequent session lengths are dependant according to your needs: 30/45/60 minutes