Sport & Remedial Massage
Sport & Remedial massage is a soft tissue therapy that can help you be in top physical shape for training, competition or everyday life. It is not just for the elite athletes but anyone causing stress to their body through everyday activities. Sport & Remedial massage can help in the following ways;
- Relieve muscle tension
- Prevent overuse injuries
- Help promote recovery from an injury
- Aid recovery after training or competition
- Reduce muscle imbalances
- Reduce aches and pains
- Improve posture
- Increase flexibility and mobility
- Improve breathing patterns
- Help circulation and reduce odema
- Promote a feeling of well-being
Sports Therapy (Rehabilitation and Prehabilitation)
Rehabilitation is the process an athlete or individual goes through to become injury free. It can encompass many techniques to help achieve optimum fitness for the injured. It is tailored to the individual and your specific requirements. Sports Therapy may include the use of ice/heat, k-tape, massage, stretching, mobility, strength exercises, electrotherapy, acupuncture in a progressive manner. Injuries can not also be avoided by reducing there occurrence through assessment and exercises. Sports Therapy also involves identifying areas that may be at risk and reducing this through a tailored strength and conditioning program. Massage, electrotherapy and ktaping can also be used to reduce injury risk. TLA uses the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) to help identify any potential areas that need work and also to help assess progress.
Acupuncture is the use of fine needles to treat musculoskeletal problems it can help release tension in muscles and reduce pain. It is based on Chinese medicine and incorporates the use of meridians to help treat the body as a whole. Acupuncture can also include the more western style, termed dry needling where a specific area is treated to relieve pain rather than the body as a whole. Both techniques are very affective and are particularly useful if an individual is in a lot of pain. Acupuncture is more comfortable for some individuals than massage.
Taping can use rigid tape, to help prevent too much movement at a joint for example for an ankle sprain where the individual is able to return to sport but just needs that extra help, to softer more flexible tape like kinesiology tape (k-tape). K-tape is a very useful form of taping as it can help injured tissue recover quicker and allows full functional movement (unlike rigid tape). It is also useful to help reduce bruising and odema. Lastly, k-tape can also help with posture.