Sports Massage - Considerations
There are various things to watch out for before you have a Sports Massage. It is not recommended if you have:
A fever or any infection, including skin infections
Any open wounds or recent (previous 48-72hrs) bruising, muscle tears, sprained ligaments, contusions (deep muscle bruising) or burns
Any serious medical condition or illness
An undiagnosed illness
It might not be suitable for someone with diabetes, bleeding or clotting disorders or certain cancers so you need to speak to the practitioner or your own doctor before you start if you are concerned.
You must tell your practitioner if you are - or think you might be - pregnant.
The practitioner is trained to recognise when and whether a Sports Massage will do the client more harm than good. If such a situation arises, you will be referred on to another health professional.
Sport Massage and Remedial Therapy work the muscles in a deep and thorough way during the treatment and it is therefore not a good idea to eat a heavy meal or drink alcohol in the hours leading up to your massage.
What happens when I go for a Sports Massage?
Many people say they would like to have a Sports Massage treatment, only they're not quite sure what is involved…
Consultation - Appointments begin with a consultation to discuss your current health and medical history. Lifestyle, work, emotional, sporting and leisure activities will also be taken into account. This helps to determine if there is a medical reason that you can't have a massage. It also helps the practitioner tailor the massage to meet your current needs.
Musculoskeletal Assessment - An assessment of the musculoskeletal system is made. This could include evaluation of your muscle and joints and simple mobility testing. A trained sense of touch will be used to locate areas of tightness, strain, weakness or injury.
Postural Analysis - Your posture wil be analysed and any imbalances or restrictions noted.
You will receive your Sports Massage in a private, comfortable, relaxing treatment room. You will be asked to undress to whatever degree is comfortable for you for the assessment and massage session. Towels will be used to cover the areas of the body not being worked on to maintain modesty and keep you warm.
Massage treatments are client-centred and tailored to you as an individual and a variety of techniques are utilised depending on what you need. If at any time you become uncomfortable, inform the practitioner. You know your body and your needs best. The practitioner will respond to whatever you feel is right for you.
Advice may be given on changes you can make to your lifestyle or your training programme to help prevent muscle discomfort and injury. In addition, remedial exercises and stretching techniques are given that you can do in your own time to aid recovery and complement your massage.