Sports Massage Treatment

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is used regularly by athletes such as runners, swimmers, cyclists, Olympians, footballers, tennis players & gym goers.

With the Australian summer on its way, Sports Massage Therapists are now in demand and we want to ensure you get the most out of your treatment.

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The main benefits of sports massage (pre-event, post event & maintenance) are:
  • Mental preparation – massage can help you focus
  • Increase in circulation – to ensure less soreness of muscles & tendons
  • Prevention of blood pooling
  • Increase in muscle flexibility – massage lengthens & smooths tight muscles breaking down scar tissue & adhesions
  • Prevention & less chance of injury
  • Elimination of trigger points/ knots
  • Waste product removal – is an outcome of pushing swelling & sweeping waste product into lymphatics & blood flow for removal
  • Relaxation – Massage reduces stress levels (cortisol levels)

Techniques used in Sports Massage are deep tissue massage, trigger points, muscle energy techniques, joint mobilisations as well as myofascial releases.

trigger-points

The necessary frequency is dependent on the client needs and their sport /activity. Top level athletes for example have sports massage once to twice per week, especially if they are experiencing niggles requiring attention. The majority of athletes have regular ongoing fortnightly or monthly appointments and more frequently leading up to an event.

You, as the client can also help the therapist to obtain your best massage ever if you:-

Communicate with your therapist:

  • Prior to the massage let the therapist know what results you want to get from the massage
  • During the massage as feedback is important to let the therapist know if you are comfortable and also ensures the correct pressure & technique is used.
  • After the treatment, it is advisable to let the therapist know how you are feeling to ensure you leave the appointment feeling well.
Post Massage Tips
  • To keep your muscles warm use a heat pack which can take away some of the bruised feeling
  • Have a stretch – you should notice your muscles feel more flexible
  • Drink more water than you usually would in the next 24 – 48 hrs (2.5 – 3 Litres) as this helps flush the toxins that have now left your tight and knotted up muscles and are now in your system. You will also be quite dehydrated.
  • At the end of your day have a warm bath with 1 – 2 cups of Magnesium salts to help re-bind your muscle fibres and get you ready to perform at your peak the next day. Sulfates are necessary building blocks for healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue. Bathing in Magnesium salts helps to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, flush toxins from the body and help build key protein molecules in the brain tissue and joints
Bath salt

Magnesium Bath Salts

In Summary

Massage is a necessary tool to treat & assist prevention of sports related conditions & or injuries and to keep the muscles in their best condition to ensure effective training and recovery and to also address any niggles such as muscle sprains/ strains, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, micro tears, tightness, adhesions, spasms, lack of oxygen & nutrients, nerve irritation and restriction in movement.

bounceREHAB sells pure Magnesium Sulfate Salts in a reusable bag for $24 (2Kg Bag). Our Mag Salts are mined in Germany and are 100% Organic food grade quality. You can can order online (), via email (admin@bouncerehab.com.au), over the phone (02 9571 7606) or pop into the clinic at anytime (36 Harris Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009).

Colleen Nichols
MASSAGE THERAPIST
Dip. Remedial Massage, Cert. IV Small Business Mgt., Cert. Women’s Empowerment/Life Facilitator