Sports & Remedial Massage Explained
A sports and remedial massage addresses muscle and musculoskeletal imbalance, which helps in the rehabilitation of injuries and exercise.
Sports and remedial massage is a type of soft tissue therapy, using special techniques to manipulate the soft tissues within the body, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia.
Injuries can occur through sports training but also in soft tissue that is not well equipped to deal with the stresses placed upon it. Repetitive movements can also cause weakness and pain – this could be constantly moving a computer mouse or lifting heavy weights with poor technique.
During a sports and remedial massage, the therapist can work toward improving function not only to the affected area but throughout the body, releasing primary and secondary tensions.
Deep Tissue Massage Explained
A type of massage therapy, deep tissue massage involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
Deep tissue massages are best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body, often used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. Deep tissue massages are also excellent for releasing tension and overall relaxation.
Massage techniques are used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle “knots” that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.