If you train hard and regularly, and perform, or hope to perform, at a high level, it is well worth taking regular preventative measures to make sure you are not stopped from training or competing by an injury.
Sports Massage will keep your muscles loose, allowing you to train and compete to your maximum ability, and help diagnose and treat any potential problems before they hinder you. Acupuncture can help increase your energy level, so that you do not suffer chronic tiredness, or other debilitating disorders, which can be cause by heavy training.
Sports massage, or Acupuncture should be able to resolve most sports injuries speedily. I have competed in sports at a high level and understand that you will not want to miss any more training time than is absolutely necessary. I will help you get back to your sport as quickly as possible. But with any treatment the sooner you seek help the quicker will be the recovery time.
A muscle may feel tight, perhaps through over-use, or be pulled by a sudden movement, or it may cause pain where it pulls on a joint.
This sort of problem is easily treated by Sports Massage. Your spine or hip may be pulled out of alignment causing pain or restricted movement in your back or a limb. Acupuncture can diagnose and treat the underlying cause of the problem as well as provide an alternative method of treating musculo-skeletal injuries.
Any traumatic or overuse injury can arise and be treated in the same way be our therapists. For example, slipping on an icy pavement can cause exactly the same problem as slipping on a muddy football pitch; repetitive activity of a limb or muscle, at work, in the garden, as a craft activity or playing a musical instrument can lead to very similar overuse as running miles each week!
· Muscle pain
· Joint pain which may be caused by tight muscles
· Tendonitis e.g. Achilles tendon pain, tennis elbow
· Muscle soreness or tension
· Pulled or strained muscles
· Twisted ankles
· Frozen shoulders
· Backache & sciatica
Remedial massage works deep into muscle tissue to stretch and loosen tight or knotted fibres. A muscle may become tight and tense through excessive or repeated use, through stress or after injury.
· If a muscle is asked to perform repeatedly any activity to which it is unaccustomed, such as hill walking, painting a ceiling or digging the garden it may respond by tightening.
· Mental and emotional stress can have the same effect, usually to the shoulders or buttocks.
· Muscles are also very frequently damaged by a sudden unexpected movement – bending down, slipping or over stretching. This is particularly likely to happen if the muscles are already tight, and even a slight muscle tear can cause the muscle fibres around to tighten to protect the injury, leading to further discomfort and restriction of movement.
· Around the site of the injury, the healing muscle fibres bind together to form “scar tissue”, which feels like a knot of muscle which prevents individual fibres moving freely. When a movement is made the knotted fibres pull on the bone and joint and may make movement painful.
· Frequently tightness in a muscle will not produce pain at the site of the problem, but on a joint or muscle which is pulled by the action, or where a tight tendon rubs across a boney prominence. This is frequently the cause of knee or ankle pain.
The remedial massage therapist will first identify the source of your problem by looking at which movements are restricted or painful, and by massaging gently around relevant area to feel where the muscles are tight or scar tissue occurs. This also begins to loosen, warm and stretch the tissues around the area. Gradually the therapist will focus in on the area and massage more deeply into the fibres, stretching them and breaking apart the “knotted, gummed up” tissue. Soft tissue manipulation and connective tissue massage stretch specific parts of a muscle or tendon and works on the relaxation produced in a muscle after it has contracted. Ian also makes use of aspects of Chinese Medicine including Chinese massage or tuina, which moves “Qi”, or vital energy away from areas of “stagnation”; moxa is a dried herb which is burnt over an injured area and gives a deep penetrating healing warmth; cupping creates a suction over an area of tight or injured muscle which draws out impurities and loosens the muscle.
After talking about the origin of your problem, and what movements are restricted or painful, you will be asked to undress to expose the areas which need attention. Although at first very relaxing and gentle, once the problem area has been identified massage can be quite painful, though you will probably feel a sense of release and diminishing pain as the work progresses. It is entirely up to you how deep the treatment is – the deeper the work, the quicker the
problem will be resolved! After the treatment, which will last up to one hour for the first treatment, and thereafter either 30 minutes or an hour, you may feel bruised, though this should disappear within 24-48 hours. After that you should notice considerable relief to your problem, though for how long and how much will depend on how long you have had the problem and how serious it is, as well as your general health. After each subsequent treatment you should experience relief for a longer time, until the pain or restriction no longer exists. At that point one or two further treatments are recommended to ensure that all the tension or scar tissue is removed so that the problem will not recur. Often exercises which will keep the muscles loose and stretched will be recommended for you to carry out between treatments. Doing these regularly will also speed up the time till complete recovery.
· Eases tight aching muscles
· Promotes deep relaxation
· Combats the chronic affects of stress and tension
· Hastens the healing process for damaged and overworked muscles