WHAT IS SPORT MASSAGE?
Sports Massage uses a variety of pressure (often deeper, more intense and focused than in conventional massage) to speed up an athlete's recovery time, help with muscle soreness and injury prevention.
Many athletes believe that a complete training programme should include not just the exercise itself, but also regular massage.
Although sports massage is aimed at people who regularly push their bodies through strenuous exercise, it can benefit the everyday person. If you're running around with small children all the time, or you have a physically demanding job, a regular sports massage may help you. Sports massage is often prescribed by doctors to treat back or muscle-strain or as part of a rehabilitation programme for people who've had an injury.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY FIRST TREATMENT APPOINTMENT?
Once your consultation screening has been assessed, your treatment may go ahead. You will be requested to remove appropriate items of outer clothing in order for the Sports Therapist to assess and treat the specific areas. At this stage the Therapist will give you privacy to get ready and comfortable on the treatment couch. I advise that you wear suitable underwear and can bring loose fitting shorts. You are always welcome to bring a chaperone with you to your appointments.
SHOULD I GET A SPORTS MASSAGE?
Absolutely! Anyone can benefit from a Sports Massage as it helps with the everyday aches and pains, postural imbalances, aid the recovery processes between training sessions, improve blood circulation and tissue pliability, prevent injury and enhance sporting performance. You do not need to be an athlete or sports person to benefit from a sports massage.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTERWARDS?
Your muscles may be a little sore afterwards, especially the first time as they may not be used to being massaged. Sports Massage can release toxins stored in your muscles into your bloodstream, and it is not uncommon for clients who do not drink plenty of water to feel a slight headache or very thirsty later that day. I normally advise that a patient should drink plenty of water and refrain from any vigorous exercise for 24 hours, as your body will need to integrate the changes that have taken place as a result of the massage. Listen to your body, if it feels like it needs a day off, give it one.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST TREATMENT?
Sports massage is not designed to relax and pamper you - its purpose is to speed up your recovery time from exercise and help to prevent future injuries. However, sports massage can leave you feeling a little tired or sore, so plan to go easy on yourself for a while afterwards.
It's not a good idea to eat a heavy meal or drink alcohol in the hours leading up to your massage.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FROM HAVING A SPORTS MASSAGE?
Sports massages have numerous benefits including:
Aiding with aches, pains and strains
Assisting with sports performance
Decreasing blood pressure
Increased joint range of motion (ROM)
Increased sense of well-being.
Decreased muscle tension.
Decreased neurological excitability (nerves more relaxed)
Decreased muscle spasms.
WHAT IS DRY CUPPING?
Cupping therapy is an ancient but effective treatment whereby a practitioner places cups on your skin to form a suction which can help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and more.
Cupping works by creating hyperemia or hemostasis around a person's skin - increasing or decreasing a person's blood flow under the cups. Cupping also has links to acupoints on a person's body, which are central to the practice of acupuncture.
DOES IT HURT?
It can feel slightly uncomfortable at first when the cups are placed into position, your body will adjust and the sensation will ease off.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER HAVING A TREATMENT OF DRY CUPPING?
Often, when a condition exists within deeper structures where sufficient pathologic factors and stagnant fluids (toxins, blood and lymph) are dredged up during treatment, discoloration will appear on the skin. This is the therapeutically desired effect – the more this is visible, the greater the level of stagnation and toxicity. The discoloration will fade over a few days. As treatments cummulate and the release of stagnation and build up has been thixolated, dispursed and drained – (usually by the 3rd or 4th treatment) no discoloration is likely to occur at all. Even though each time the cupping may have been focused on the same area for the same duration and with the same amount of negative pressure. This is clearly the result of having internal unwanted toxins systematically purged.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DRY CUPPING?
The suction created by cupping pulls stagnant fluids to the surface, removes toxic pathogens and promotes fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich blood & lymph. Which in turn will give the benefits of the following:
Deep tissue work and release without discomfort
Moves stagnation and drains fluids
Nervous System Sedation
Breaks Up and Expels Congestion
Stretches Muscle and Connective Tissues
Pulls blood supply to the Skin
Facilitates the movement of Qi and Blood systemically and locally
Dispels wind, damp and cold to treat muscle and joint pain, stiffness, and arthritis
Strengthens the immune system by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid
Treats excess heat conditions, fever, stress, depression and anxiety
Cleans the blood and lymph and helps to balance PH levels
WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Dry needling is the process of inserting needles to trigger points throughout the body. Needles are often placed in soft tissue or muscle points to help relieve pain. There is nothing injected into the body during dry needling, which is the primary reason that treatments are coined with the name dry needling. Undergoing dry needling can provide a number of benefits, including:
DOES IT HURT?
It’s important to know that yes, dry needling can be painful. However, it’s also important to keep in mind that the benefits can far outweigh the discomfort that you may experience. When the needle is inserted, the muscle may contract, causing pain. Pain is a good thing, it means that the appropriate point of the body has been hit. You can expect to feel sore for up to a couple of days following treatments, but you are likely to experience a significant improvement over the course of a few days.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER DRY NEEDLING?
For those who have never considered alternative forms of medicine, it’s only common to feel a bit apprehensive over the process. You may be wondering whether dry needling is worth the effort, or if it will actually be an effective form of treatment. Much of the time, dry needling can help patients to experience relief from pain and an improved range of motion.
HOW MANY DRY NEEDLING TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Most people can expect to require only a few dry needling sessions. This can come as a relief to many who are looking to experience a faster recovery. Dry needling does not require extensive sessions over a long period of time. In fact, many patients only require 2-3 sessions of dry needling.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FROM DRY NEEDLING?
Helps to relieve myofascial pain and stiffness.
Fascia is the connective tissue that covers the muscles. Dry Needling to this tissue either in a single muscle or muscle groups and can, therefore, reduce muscular pain, inflammation, and stiffness.
Helps to improve flexibility and range of motion.
Dry needles inserted below the skin trigger the healing reaction, which in turn, helps the muscle become more flexible and improve range of motion.
Improves blood flow and oxygen circulation.
Tight muscles can cause pain that translates to other body areas. By triggering the healing of key pain points with dry needles, the blood flow and the oxygenation of the whole body improve, muscles relax, which soothes the complete body wellbeing.
Thin dry needles stimulate the body response to fight pain by releasing opiate, neurotransmitters such as beta-endorphins, enkephalins, and dynorphins. Neurotransmitters work by blocking pain information which comes from the inflamed point to reach the brain.
Can be applied to a wide range of symptoms.
Dry needling treatments improve the symptoms of a variety of musculoskeletal diseases, including headaches, neck pain, knee or low-back pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis.
Eases fibromyalgia pain.
Although fibromyalgia patients typically feel pain all over, the worst pain is located in certain areas around the neck, knees, back, shoulders, and hips. Needles can be placed at the most painful body points to target them specifically and ease symptoms across the body.
Comforts both chronic and acute pain.
Unlike many other treatments that require an isolated application, dry needling benefits both acute pain, for example, post-surgical ailments and chronic conditions, for example, sciatica.
Targets precise pain points.
The physical therapist specialised in dry needling knows the map of pain points in a persons’ body and targets these areas by placing the needles nearby, after doing an extensive assessment of your muscular condition and finding your tight spots.
It can be used alongside other treatments.
Dry needling can be used on its own, as well as using along side Sports Massage Therapy, thus helping many patients travel faster on the road to recovery.
Helps with sports injuries and athletic performance.
Athletes, dancers, and other professionals who expose themselves to prolonged physical strain need relief from what their bodies go through daily. Treating acute pains and microtears arising from overuse, as well as more serious sports injuries can be done with dry needling, helping active professionals maintain stamina and improve performance as they heal.
Don’t be surprised if you feel tired like you’ve had a workout at the gym or another strenuous physical activity after you complete a dry needling session. It is a common consequence which usually goes away after a day or two. The benefits of dry needling will last much longer.
IS ROSEMOOR SPORTS MASSAGE COVID-19 SAFE?
At Rosemoor Sports Massage you can rest assure that all the necessary procedures have been implemented to ensure the safety of all our clients, from cleaning to wearing the correct PPE. The latest COVID-19 course has been completed with the World Health Organisation. Before and after each client a deep clean is carried out with approved cleaning products. Clients are screened before each appointment and track and trace is in use on the premises.
If you have any concerns or worries, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.