Sports massage aims to restore muscle health through massage, stretches and friction. It focuses on soft tissues, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Sports massage therapy helps to relieve muscle pain and tension, improve your range of movement, and aid in recovery from injury.
There are several techniques used in sports massages to help restore muscle health. At the Manchester Movement Unit, qualified sports massage therapists perform our treatments, and they tailor the massage to your individual needs.
A sports massage causes physical changes to your body’s tissues by increasing the amount of blood, and therefore oxygen, to an area and muscle.
Massaging the muscles via techniques such as stroking and deep tissue massage increases the blood to the area. When performing deep tissue massage, the tissues heat up and effectively become more pliable, causing increased amounts of movement in the tissues and surrounding joints.
Sports massage is an excellent treatment method for problems such as tight calves, low back pain, and tension around your neck.
As well as improving your range of movement, pain and anxiety often reduce during a massage. This is because endorphins (known as the ‘feel-good’ chemicals) are released during treatment, helping you to feel more relaxed, less tense and able to move more freely.
A good sports massage will:
At your first appointment with the Manchester Movement Unit, your sports massage will begin with a short consultation. Your massage therapist will discuss your present state of health and any related medical history. Your consultation will take into account your lifestyle, your general health and well-being, and the stresses and strains on your body.
After this, your sports massage will last 30 minutes. Your massage therapist will focus on the areas of your body you have indicated need addressing or are particularly tight.
We recommend that you wear loose fitting clothing so that your sports massage therapist can easily access the muscles they need to work on. You might need to take off some of your clothing so that your therapist can get to certain muscle groups, so we suggest bringing a vest and shorts to help you feel more comfortable.