Massage and Myofascial Release Techniques
Soft tissue reacts to injury, either in the form of trauma or overuse, by producing inflammation. Inflammation contains chemicals that cause formation of fibrous deposits in an effort to repair the injured tissue. The build up of fibrous tissue prevents the muscle from contracting and lengthening, making it weak, tight and painful.
Massage and active release techniques help break down excessive fibrous bonds and re-align the tissues to give them more tensile strength, length and elasticity, thereby allowing you to move your body more efficiently and with less pain.
Sports massage is the selection of specific massage techniques and stretches, focusing primarily on muscles relevant to the athlete’s sport. The technique is used to achieve a specific goal, whether it is warming the tissues up prior to an event, facilitating recovery through improved lymphatic drainage and prevention of post-exercise stiffness, or breaking down scar tissue / tightness to promote optimal healing and function.
Your sports massage will be preceded by a quick review of your sport(s), competition / training diary, and general mobility screen, this way we can ensure that you get the best results.
Myofascial Release Techniques (MFR) & Connective Tissue Massage
These are specialised massage techniques used to relieve muscle pain and restriction of movement from abnormally tight fascia (the thin connective tissue covering muscles and our internal organs).
Chronic tightening of the fascia can cause local inflammation and fibrosis or thickening of the connective tissue. This thickening causes pain and irritation, resulting in more inflammation and a vicious cycle develops. Myofascial techniques break this cycle by improving circulation and neural function, and helping the muscles to return to their normal state. Due to the fact that the fascia forms a three dimensional network that spread throughout the body, MFR and Connective Tissue Massage can have far reaching effects.
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