Another service that I offer is sports massage therapy. I was interested in this qualification as golfers can be prone to injury. Through this qualification I am able aid a golfers recovery through sports massage and assisted stretching, getting them back to full fitness and enjoying their golf faster. Also using the extensive knowledge I have gained of the human body I can also offer a physical screening to test your muscle flexibility and range of motion. Many faults can be attributed to poor mobility and flexibility which in some cases will make it almost impossible to achieve some positions in the golf swing.
This means that I can offer more than just a golf lesson, I can asses your swing and not only see faults but highlight any bodily reasons that may be a direct cause. With my knowledge of the body I can improve your inflexibility or work around it to create a swing that’s right for you.
What is Sports Massage Therapy?
The prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Above all, it can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether one is an athlete, ardent keep-fitter or a once a week jogger.
This treatment is not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious (occupational, emotional and postural stress may produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries).
Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense. It is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to Acupressure and Shiatsu.
- Even with preventative maintenance, muscles cramp, tear, bruise, and ache. Sports massage can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process.
- Soft tissue techniques employed by sports massage therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries.
- Trigger point techniques reduce the spasm and pain that occur both in the injured and “compensation” muscles.
- Cross-fibre friction techniques can help with healing by improved formation of strong and flexible repair tissue, which is vital in maintaining full pain-free range of motion during rehabilitation.
- In all cases, such massage techniques are employed in collaboration with other appropriate medical care.