Massage has an increasing profile in Sports Medicine, offering benefits to athletes at all levels of any sport. Regular massage will keep you in tip-top condition and ready for your big event, or can help you to recover from an injury. Some of the techniques that our Turbo Fit therapist may use are described below.
Remedial Massage is the collective term for the full range of soft-tissue techniques used by therapists to treat medical conditions and injuries. These include myofascial release, deep-tissue massage, postural taping, cupping, sports massage, dry needling, kinesso taping, and trigger-point therapy. Some of these techniques are described below.
Deep-Tissue Massage Deep-Tissue Massage concentrates on deeper seated, and often more long-term, chronic problems of the soft tissue, such as static and postural muscles. The treatment is generally deeper (stronger), and can at times create some discomfort. Clients typically describe this as “good pain” and the results often produce longer lasting relief from pain and discomfort.
Myofascial Release Myofascial Release concentrates on the fascia of the muscle; this glossy muscle casing is denser and more rigid than muscle tissue, and can often inhibit mobility. Restricted fascia is commonly the result of acute and/or overuse injury. The treatment of fascia is different from traditional muscle-focused strokes; it is a slow, deep technique and little oil is used. The treatment aims to elongate the fascial sheet with guided motion and deep, targeted pressure. Men tend to more commonly suffer from restricted fascia, particularly those who engage in heavy weights training and elite swimming.
Trigger Point Therapy Trigger-Point Therapy is a treatment specifically targeting painful or hyper-irritable points in muscular tissue, using press-and-release methods. Such points can occur anywhere in the body, but commonly develop in the neck and shoulder regions of long-term computer users, or as a result of heavy running training. Untreated trigger points can develop into more serious conditions, such as shin splints and compartment syndrome.