Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic

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Sports massage

Sports massage can play an important part in the life of any sportsman or woman, whether they are injured or not. Problems can be caused by stress, high work-loads, posture, or sport and exercise. Stiff and tight muscles can cause pain, reduced concentration, fatigue and tiredness, headaches, back pain, and generally have an effect on our quality of life.

When is massage appropriate and when is it not?

Sports Massage can be beneficial before, during and after events; and can promote greater athletic endurance and performance lessen chances of injury and reduce recovery time. The main aim of sports massage in these stages of competition is to readily prepare the body so that it is performing at its optimum.


Sports Massage is not just for those who play sport.

It has a stigma attached to it that it’s painful, but this shouldn’t always be the case. For those that are stressed and are holding their tension in their neck and shoulders have continual headaches and have poor posture from sitting at a desk all day, massage will help to relieve that tension.
Massage is not appropriate on acute inflammation, open wounds, bone fractures, joint dislocation, deep vein thrombosis and varicose veins, infectious skin disease and colds and fever. If you have any concerns, please pick up the phone and ask us.

Sports Massage has a number of both physical and psychological benefits! Benefits include:

  • Prevent injuries
  • Boost performance
  • Relax tense muscles
  • Reduce stress
  • Relax the mind
  • Improve circulation
  • Increase overall feeling of well-being

The main aim of sports massage is to work on specific areas of tension, rebalance the muscular-skeletal system and restore normal function.
Each treatment session is tailored to the individual’s specific needs whether their concern is severe muscle tension, an injury, stress, general aches and pains or simply just to relax.

How can massage enhance your performance? Is it just elite athletes that need massage?

Massage improves circulation by dilating blood vessels making them work more efficiently. The manual assistance of encouraging venous blood flow back to the heart enhances blood flow, delivering fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. This improves the removal of waste products and toxins. The increased and enhanced blood circulation helps to relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness therefore a faster recovery. No matter how active you are massage will be of benefit to you, whether you need massage to reduce your stress, tension or anxiety levels the stimulation of massage will activate your parasympathetic nervous system which will in turn increase dopamine and serotonin levels which are directly linked to stress.

Sports massage
Sports massage
Sports massage

 

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Last Updated: 10/02/2016