What techniques are used during sports and remedial massage?

Remedial Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction. It helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue and fibre adhesions. This type of massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness and possibly some discomfort during and after the treatment.

When muscles are stressed they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. A Deep Tissue Massage helps loosen muscle tissues and release toxins. Since many toxins are released it is vital to drink plenty of water after a Deep Tissue Massage. Following treatment, an Epsom salts bath can also complement this type of massage.

Trigger Point Therapy

Applying ischaemic pressure, usually by thumb or elbow (or dry needles) to a taut band of tissue found in the muscle (specifically a trigger point). This treatment helps reduce pain and discomfort in the area and also relieves pain in predictable referred pain patterns. Stretching the affected muscle after treatment is recommended.

Myofascial release techniques

Aimed at restoring length and relieving tension held in the fascia and muscle, this treatment focuses on releasing soft tissue slowly and within a comfortable pressure and utilises a range of movement and resistance techniques. It can be passive or active release.

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