REMEDIAL & SPORTS
What is massage?
Massage is the application of soft-tissue manipulation to the muscles and soft-tissues of the body. It is intended to reduce stress and muscle tension whilst improving circulation.
At Parks, massage may be recommended after an assessment by one of our Chartered Physiotherapists.
Sports massage techniques will also improve flexibility and range of movement, help increase the suppleness of injured muscles and tissue and accelerate the healing process.
Types of sports massage
Pre-event: Before an event, sports massage can complement the warm-up by helping to increase circulation and flexibility and preparing the muscles for the exertion they are about to undergo. This type of massage provides an excellent opportunity to prepare mentally for the event. Parks physiotherapists will use very specific techniques that provide quick results to help ensure the muscles are ready to perform.
Post-event: After a sports event, massage will help to increase the circulation needed to speed the removal of fatigue toxins, relieve your muscle spasms and minimise post-event soreness.
Regular sports massage can help identify and relieve areas of stress in your muscles and soft tissue that have the potential to cause problems. This allows the athlete to train to their full ability and consistently improve overall performance.
There is good evidence to show the benefits of massage in speeding up the healing processes; by improving circulation, helping reduce swelling and inflammation, getting rid of scar tissue which can prevent muscles and tissues moving normally and increasing range of movement.
What can I expect when I have a massage with a Chartered Physiotherapist?
You will be asked to fill out a general health questionnaire so that any contra-indications to massage treatment can be identified.
The physiotherapist will then carry out a general assessment which includes taking a history of any symptoms or issues of concern and a physical assessment to determine any specific areas for treatment.
If the therapist feels that any physiotherapeutic techniques will be of benefit these will be discussed with you. A treatment and rehabilitation programme will then be agreed with you.
Most massage techniques require the physiotherapist to have direct contact with the areas of the body to be treated. You will therefore be asked to undress for the treatment. It is helpful if you can wear shorts and appropriate clothing to allow the therapist to carry out the treatment. Towelling is used to ensure your dignity and privacy at all times.
The initial session will last around 60 minutes.
Please contact Reception if you have any further questions or to book an appointment with a Chartered Physiotherapist or Sports Massage Therapist who specialises in massage.