South West Sports Massage

For event masseurs at all of our 2017 events, please visit South West Sports Massage by clicking the button below. 

South West Sports Massage (SWSM) consist of a number of level 4 qualified sports massage therapists, all of which have qualified from Bath University. SWSM found by attending events on mass, are able to provide a better experience to the competitors by ensuring swift treatment after a race.

What is Sports Massage?

Sports Massage is the term applied to the discipline of using massage for the specific benefit of all sports and exercise participants. It covers the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the soft tissues of the body e.g. muscles, ligaments and tendons. It can also be used to benefit those of a less sporty persuasion as it focuses on the individual needs of the client, with massages being tailored to positively enhance one’s ability to perform either on a daily basis in the home and workplace or in a sporting arena.

With the ever growing number of people taking part in sport, combined with the increasing competitiveness and intensity of physical exercise, the demand for sports massage is also increasing and has become recognised as a skill which may aid recovery and enhance performance.

Benefits of Sports Massage

Massage, applied skilfully, is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculo-skeletal system. Received regularly this may help athletes prevent injuries, which might otherwise be caused by overuse. A constant build-up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments and tendons, as well as the muscles themselves.

These muscle imbalances may develop and often go undiagnosed until they are serious enough to cause the athlete discomfort or impede performance. The skilled massage therapist will be able to detect variations in the soft tissues and by using the correct techniques, help the sports person maintain a much healthier physical state.

Sports massage should play an important part in the life of any sportsman or woman whether they are injured or not. Massage has a number of physical, physiological and psychological benefits.

Physical effects of massage:

Movement

The movement of sports 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.

Breaks down scar tissue

Scar tissue from previous injuries or trauma can negatively affect muscle, tendons and ligaments leading to inflexible tissues prone to injury and pain.

Improve tissue elasticity

High levels of 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 increases blood flow to tissues similar to exercise but it also opens or dilates the blood vessels and by stretching them this enables nutrients to pass through more easily.

Overview of the Benefits of Sports Massage:

·       Improve circulation and lymphatic flow

·       Assist in the removal of metabolic waste

·       Sedate or stimulate nerve endings

·       Increase or decrease muscle tone

·       Increase or decrease muscle length

·       Remodel scar tissue when required

·       Assist in mental preparation for sporting participation

·       Maintain the body in a generally better condition

·       Prevent injuries and loss of mobility

·       Cure and restore mobility and range of movement to injured muscle tissue

·       Helps boost performance

·       Extend the overall life of your sporting career