Sports & Deep Tissue Massages at the Bedford Chiropractic Clinic
Globally, there are an array of massage therapies available. However, there tends to be 2 main massage categories: rehabilitative and relaxation. Here at the Bedford Chiropractic Clinic, we have taken on a more rehabilitative approach, by offering sports and deep tissue massages. These massage are carried out by our incredible & highly knowledgeable physical therapist, Paulina Andrzejewska. All her massages are completely tailored to you & your needs. Click here to find out more about Paulina.
What is a Sports Massage?
This particular form of massage involves the manipulation of soft tissue, whereby the therapist will tend to target a particular area or muscle group. The aim of a sports massage, is to aid the recovery from an injury, to prevent an injury from reoccurring and to enhance physical performance. You’ll notice that the therapist will focus on areas of high muscle tension & knots, that have built up due to high training volume, trauma, muscle imbalance or poor biomechanics.
Runner Paavo Nurmi, known as the “Flying Finn,” was one of the early users of sports massage. Nurmi is said to have used sports massage during the 1924 Olympics in Paris where he won five gold medals. However, sports massages are not just for athletes!
What is a Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massages typically treat musculoskeletal issues, however, it isn’t as area-specific as a sports massage. These massages tend to involves the application of sustained pressure, using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles & connective tissues. The main aim of a deep tissue massage is to reduce muscle tension & stiffness. This may be caused by sitting at a desk for too long, pulling a muscle whilst gardening, arthritis, sciatica and so forth.
Benefits of a Sports & Deep Tissue Massage
There are multiple reasons why someone may choose these particular forms of massage therapy, such as breaking down knots, relieving pain, recover from an injury or improve performance. Further reported benefits of sports massage include:
- Increased joint range of motion, leading to enhanced performance
- Increased flexibility
- Decreased muscle stiffness & soreness
- Reduced recovery time post injury
- Decreased muscle tension
- Decreased neurological excitability & muscle spasms
- Improved blood circulation
Our physical therapist, Paulina, also recommends tailored exercise/stretching plans to help improve your condition further.
Can Massage Therapy cause Discomfort?
To administer an effective & efficient massage, a lot more pressure than your relaxing massages at the spa is required. It is not uncommon to experience some discomfort or soreness during your treatment – especially if you’re experiencing a lot of tension in a particular area or an injury. It is almost like a ‘no pain no gain’ experience. However, this is where the experience & communication of our therapist comes to the fore, enabling you to achieve results without having to undergo much discomfort. Cold compresses and Pain Pods are available in the clinic to help with this.
A sports & deep tissue massage may not be suitable for those experiencing the following:
- blood clots or Thrombosis
- radiation or chemotherapy treatments
- recent surgery
- conditions causing weak bones or easy bruising
It is advised you consult with your GP first if you have any questions.
Which Massage is Best for Me? Sport or Deep Tissue?
A sports massage is the best option for you if you have a repetitive-use injury to a muscle e.g. from playing a vigorous sport. If you’re prone to injuries then this massage may be able to minimise the risk of the injury reoccurring. A particular part of your body may need attention, such as your hamstring, whereby a sports massage will be highly focused to treat an injured hamstring. If you’re seeking a massage to rehabilitate an injury, improve performance, flexibility, motion & reduce risk of an injury, then a sports massage is for you.
You may opt for a deep tissue massage if you’re experiencing chronic muscle conditions and pain. This may be best for those experiencing arthritis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, scoliosis and so forth, who’s main aim is to relieve pain, release tension & increase range of motion.
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