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What is the difference between Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage?

Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage largely overlap in their techniques. Ultimately, the intention of both are to restore the length and quality to the muscles.  When this happens, so long as the skeleton is in the correct position, the body should be in a state of homeostasis.

Why is sports massage beneficial?

By restoring the length and quality to the muscles, the treatment in turn will:

  • increase flexibility.
  • increase mobility.

Remember, you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of sports or deep tissue massage.  Individuals from their teens to eighties come in for sports massage which displays the diversity of the therapy.

Those suffering from certain conditions may also find sports massage to be quite therapeutic.  Sufferers of chronic pain, fibromyalgia, oedema, muscle cramping, and postural mis-alignments may find significant relief from regular sports massage. The pressure exerted on different groups of muscle tissue stimulates circulation in areas of pain.

Sports massage however, is not for everyone. There can be mild to moderate discomfort during a sports massage as tight muscles are worked.  There can be a day or two of soreness following the sports massage – similar to after you complete a rigorous workout.

How does Sports Massage work?

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, the body handles this trauma in the only way it knows how.  It forms a layer of very dense, very sticky fibrous adhesion, better known as scar tissue.  Scar tissue is poorly vascularised and less elastic than muscle.  These adhesions block circulation and cause pain, limited strength and movement, and cause continued inflammation?  Sports massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.  To do this, the sports massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.

During the first treatment a brief consultation is undertaken to determine the main problem areas.  Every sports massage is tailored to suit the needs of the individual.  A course of treatments is normally recommended to completely remove all layers of fibrous adhesion and restore normal joint patterns.

As well as the basic techniques, the therapists at Lilliput are skilled in advanced forms of sports massage and deep tissue massage, which include:

  • Active Release Technique
  • Myofascial Technique
  • Neuromuscular Re-education

Problems we treat include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Muscular tension and stiffness
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Shin splints
  • Runners knee
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Knee problems
  • Iliotibial tract pain
  • Pre and post event treatments
  • Symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression
  • Headaches

Other benefits of Sports Massage include:

  • Helps reduce recovery time after injury
  • Alleviates muscular tension and stiffness
  • Rectifies imbalances
  • Increases fitness capabilities
  • Enhance performance
  • Promotes joint flexibility
  • Helps combat stress
  • Softens scar tissue
  • Boosts circulation and lymph flow
  • Reduces pain
  • Aids removal of toxins
  • Prevents future injury by identifying problem areas

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