What to expect:
Sports massage is not just for ‘sports’ people. Anyone can benefit from sports massage including people in physically demanding jobs and those who suffer with occupational, emotional and postural stress, as these may produce similar characteristics/symptoms as sports injuries. Sports massage generally works deeper than a therapeutic massage and aims to reduce or eradicate fibrous nodules that may be found deep within the muscles, therefore the experience can make you feel uncomfortable at times, rather than providing you with a relaxing experience, however everybody is different!
Benefits of sports massage include:
At the start of the consultation you will be asked questions to complete a pre-massage questionnaire, mainly information regarding your past and present medical health. Any further information gained through questioning will be documented. Client records are kept confidential.
You may be asked to demonstrate your range of movement in order to gain a clearer understanding of areas requiring treatment.
Post care advice can be obtained if required, this may include stretches or exercises specific to you and your ‘problem’ area to assist with rehabilitation.
Dry needling is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into myofascial trigger points (painful knots) in muscles, tendons, ligaments, or near nerves in order to stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions. Dry needling is not acupuncture or oriental medicine, that is, it does not have the purpose of altering the flow of energy (“chi”) along traditional Chinese meridians for the treatment of diseases. In fact, dry needling is a modern, science-based intervention for the treatment of pain and dysfunction in musculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, knee pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, or lower-back pain and is thereby a useful adjunct to the massage work.