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What’s the Difference Between a Regular Massage and a Sports Massage?

Posted on June 16th, 2016

Patients normally ask if there is a difference between a regular massage and a sports massage. The difference is less candles and aromatherapy, more release of muscle tension; the therapist will use a deep and intense technique, which results in the mobilisation of the tissues.

At Harris & Ross, our soft tissue therapists have a thorough undertstanding of the musculoskeletal, myofascial, lymphatic and neural systems, which is crucial in providing the best possible preventative and rehabilitative soft tissue therapy.

How will I benefit from a Sports Massage?

Physical benefits  (Physiological and Biomechanical)

An increases or a change in training can often cause niggles, spasms, pain and fatigue; symptoms indicative of an increase in muscle tension and tone in resting and contractile states.

If the pain is left untreated, one ‘tight’ muscle can affect a whole muscle or a kinetic chain; for example, a tight hip flexor muscle can pull on the pelvis resulting in an anterior tilt, this lengthens the hamstring and gluteal muscles. Your back muscles and hip flexors become tight as a result of the tilt, which pulls the lumbar spinal region into excessive extension (curve of the lower back). The all-important core stabilising muscles in the abdominal wall, then become restrained by the altered posture.

Such diagnoses are extremely common in seated desk or driving jobs and as a result of poor training techniques or progressions.

Tightened muscle fibres can affect bone alignment and as the body adapts to the new posture, it can also affect your gait; therefore, it is crucial to be seen by a Sports Massage Specialist as soon as you feel a niggle. The removal of metabolites and lactic acid through massage, allow muscles to receive the crucial oxygen and nutrients important for daily living and growth.

Mental Benefits

Chemical hormones are also induced and released during massage; Dopamine, is a feel good hormone also relating to normal brain functioning; Seratonin, enhances mood state; Oxytocin, is known as the love or hug hormone. Whereas the hormones Epinephrine, Norepinephrine and Cortisol, which are related to stress and immunal and digestive disruption are all reduced.

Sports massages are not just, whatever your profession it is crucial to look after your physical and mental wellbeing in order to bring about your peak performance.

Fine tune your body…After all it is a machine.

To book an appointment or to discuss further about our services, you can call us on 0161 832 9000

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