- Muscular aches and pains
- Muscular back ache
- Neck and shoulder tension
- Tight muscles from overuse
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- Pumping – The stroking movements in massage suck fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels. By increasing the pressure in front of the stroke, a vacuum is created behind. This is especially important in tight or damaged muscle tissue as a tight muscle will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair.
- Increased tissue permeability – Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker.
- Stretching – Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up.
- Break down scar tissue – Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can effect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain.
- Improve tissue elasticity – Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic. This is one reason why hard training may not result in improvements. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues.
- Opens micro-circulation – Massage does increase blood flow to tissues, but so does exercise. What massage also does is open or dilate the blood vessels and by stretching them this enables nutrients to pass through more easily.
- Pain reduction – Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the bodies endorphins.
- Relaxation – Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.
- Anxiety reduction – through the effects mentioned above relaxation is induced and so reduces anxiety levels.
- Invigorating – if massage is done with brisk movements such as what would be done before an event then this can produces an invigorating feeling.
Georgia qualified as a Sports Masseur in 20.. at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham and has been working part time at Epsom Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic since 2014. Georgia combines her work as a Sports Masseur with hockey coaching.
Georgia says, “I find working as a sports masseur very rewarding when I see my clients benefit from each treatment they receive”.
Sophie qualified as a Sports Masseur in 2015 after completing a degree in Equine Sports Therapy in 2012 and has been working part time at Epsom Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic since 2015. Sophie combines working at the clinic with her equine therapy and massage business. She is a rider and horse owner herself and treats many riders as well as their horses.
Sophie says, “I love my work at the clinic because I enjoy working closely with the Physiotherapists helping clients with relief of muscle tension, assisting the recovery of muscle fatigue during training of various sports and assisting the recovery of muscle injuries”.