About Remedial Massage
When a muscle, joint or general area of the body begins to feel tight and immobile, massage is used to reduce the dysfunction throughout the targeted area.
Massage is utilised by a practitioner with various degrees of pressure depending on the area, by stripping through the length of the muscle to improve range of movement, stimulate blood flow and reduce muscle pain to return the area to original or better function.
Massage holistically treats the whole body and traces pain and dysfunction as far as possible back to the original cause, treating both the cause of the disorder as well as the symptoms.
What to expect from your first treatment
The practitioner will test the range of motion of the muscle, joint or general region to determine which actions aggravate and alleviate the symptoms with basic orthopedic testings in preparation to the treatment plan. After the massage, specific stretches may be prescribed to aid in the treatment and to improve muscle length throughout daily activities. A day or so after the treatment, you may experience some temporary muscle soreness depending on how hard the pressure used during the massage was.
How does sports massage differ?
Sports massage is general term for a type of treatment that is not only utilised by professional sportspeople or weekend warriors. It is of benefit to anyone that exercises, even if it is only mild exercise such as regular walking. Sports massage can either be a deep and vigorous pressure of treatment or it can also be used a day or two before an event where the treatment is very light pressure-wise but fast to loosen up general muscle tightness without bruising the muscle tissue and to stimulating the blood flow to the area to switch on muscle firing and aid in muscle readiness.
Benefits of Sports Massage
- Reduce muscle tightness
- Improve range of muscles and joints
- Decrease muscular fatigue
- Reduce swelling from prior injuries
- Reduce pain from prior injuries
- Increase lymphatic and blood circulation
- Prevention of future injuries and conditions.
- Decrease metabolic by-product (such as lactic acid) build up
- Amongst all this, sports massage will lead to major performance improvements
The team at Richmond Rehab have been providing sports massage to the athletes of the Richmond area for more than 10 years. If you've got a niggle or a question, drop us a line and we will help get you back to your best!