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Sports Massage is More Than a Rub Down

Sports Massage is More Than a Rub Down

As you may know from my previous blog, Meet your Remedial Massage Therapist, I worked for a year with East Campbelltown Rugby League Club. Many of the players saw massage as their rub down before a game, but Sports Massage is more than just a rub down. 

Remedial Massage and Sports Massage are very similar in the fact that they are treating people with certain injuries, conditions or for reasons they need to be able to perform. Whether it be in sport, at work or with their children. Sports Massage is probably the best term for what I did with the East Campbelltown team and it really does have its own techniques and protocol.  

Sports Massage is used for warming up a player before a game through a use of techniques to encourage increased blood flow to the muscles that are about to get smashed… I mean about to work hard. The movements are usually fast and vigorous. 

Following a game, Sports Massage is used to cool down a player. Many years ago it was about removing toxins and lactic acid from muscles but recent research is debunking the whole toxin removal theory. Sport Massage is useful in preventing muscle stiffness and soreness following a game. The Massage techniques applied start out similar to the warm up to get everything moving and aim towards the heart. The massage then slow down to bring them back down to earth and almost relaxed.  

During the week I was also on hand to treat any injuries that occurred during previous games and give advice on how to care for these injuries. I could also make referral to a physiotherapist or send to their doctor if required. 

I always had a rule that I wouldn’t treat injuries on the day or even the day before a game. Sports Massage and Remedial Massage can be like a workout in itself and your body needs recovery time. Another reason I set this rule is that at half time I’d get players asking if I could rub out their corked thigh. That’s a big No! A corked thigh is where the muscle is squished between their bone and usually a knee from another player. it causes damage to the muscle and internal bleeding in the muscle. The first thing you always do is ICE. Cold helps to stops the internal bleeding. Over the next couple of days you will get an awesome bruise and experience pain but when appropriate, Remedial Massage can help to realign the muscle fibres and improve movement through that muscle again. 

I love working with sports players as much as pregnant women despite the two being so very different, as it allows me to show how massage is versatile and can be applied to the needs of the individual.  

If you have a sports injury that you need advice on, please contact me. To schedule an appointment for a Remedial Massage book online here.

10 Reasons Why My Clients Have Remedial Massage

10 Reasons Why My Clients Have Remedial Massage

Regular Remedial Massage is fast becoming a part of many people’s health and wellness routine. Prevention of pain and treatment for the areas already hurting are a good motivator to take care of your body. I have some amazing and interesting clients and I would like to share with you 10 reasons why my clients have Remedial Massage.

  1. Work Related Aches and Pains

    We all know the effects of sitting in front of a computer for many hours can have on ourbodies but what about other professions? Think about your poor hairdresser holding up that hairdryer and scissors. She has also been on her feet all day so she is in pain from her neck, shoulder, back, down to her feet. Remedial Massage to these areas help her to be able to create your beautiful hairstyle again next time.

  2. Post Surgery

    After surgery, many people are referred to a Physiotherapist for post op care. Once the Physiotherapist has assessed them and recommended exercises, they sometimes come across clients who would benefit from more time concentrated on soft tissue massage. This doesn’t mean I softly massage their back. It usually means pinpointing areas which have tightened up following surgery and with the Physiotherapist’s guidance, proving Remedial Massage to the correct areas.

  3. Altered Gait

    Gait refers to how a person walks. I have a lovely client who had a knee replacement which unfortunately locked. This means she cannot straighten or bend her knee. Now imagine how you would walk if you couldn’t bend your knee. She requires treatment to her back, hips and other leg due to the compensation required to enable her to work. Remedial Massage provides her with relief from pain.

  4. Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

    Now Massage does not cure or stop MS from occuring. Remedial Massage treats the effects of the disease on the body. Clients with MS suffer from sinus issues, muscles aches and tightness. Care must be taken when treating a client with MS due to what is occuring in their body however they can report an overall benefit from regular Remedial Massage which includes soft tissue massage and sinus drainage.

  5. Sports Injuries

    During Outdoor Group Training I joke that I break my clients so I can fix them. While this is never truely my intention, injuries from exercise do occur. I also treat clients who have been injured elsewhere and need some help. If you sustain a strain or sprain during exercise, remember the RICER Principles (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Referral – Yes go see someone if it doesn’t improve). Remedial Massage allows them to return to sport or exercise and with guidance on correct technique, they can prevent the injury occurring again.

  6. Stress

    We all suffer from stress in our lives but it always comes down to how we personally deal with this stress. One of my clients shocked me one day at how stress was impacting on her body. She was directed to get a massage ASAP from her Doctor. A women who was always well dressed and groomed arrived at my room in trackies and no make up. This is not unusual for most clients as they are relaxed with me but this was out of the ordinary for her. She had been suffering severe headaches and her stress was taking its toll on her body. After her massage she relaxed and the headaches subsided. She recognised that she needed to take better care of herself and she now arrives for massage as her usual self, make up and immaculately dressed.

  7. Restricted Movement

    A client with a long history of issues with her knees and hips starts to notice when she is unable to complete her burpees without pain. To her it is a sign of tightness that she knows that Remedial Massage will benefit. After treatment she usually does some crazy dance or movement to show me how well she can move now.

  8. Pregnancy

    I really love Pregnant clients and they love their massage too. During pregnancy every woman has adifferent experience and also develops different aches in their back, hips, feet and even neck & shoulders. This is the body struggling with the shift in centre of gravity, increased weight and loosening ligaments preparing for bub’s arrival. Massage assists in relieving these pains and helping to support the mum during this time. Read my previous blog Pregnancy Massage – Is it Safe?

  9. Self Care

    As mentioned some clients have their Remedial Massage scheduled on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis to make sure they are looking after their bodies. They know how hard their body is working and recognise they need the rest. Check out my previous blog. How Often Should I Get a Massage?

  10. They are a Massage Therapist too

    My client list is starting to grow with other Remedial Massage Therapists in Campbelltown needing treatment too. We recognise the need to care for our bodies and are building a wonderful referral network which will benefit you. If I am ever unavailable, I can always refer you to someone else equally qualified and amazing.

Do you think Remedial Massage could help you too? Contact me to book an appointment or book online here

Rocktape Vs Rigid Tape

Rocktape Vs Rigid Tape

 Have you sustained an injury to an ankle, knee or shoulder and have wondered whether to use taping to assist with recovery? Have you wondered what the difference is between Rocktape VsRigid Tape?  Rocktape, also known as Kinesiology tape, is that fancy, stretchy tape you may have seen used on CrossFit Athletes, Ironmen or even on horses (yes they do Equine Taping too). Tristan and I have completed the RockTape training course to find out more about how this could help our clients. RockTape is said to mimic human skin. When applied correctly, the tape creates a lift and decompresses tissue to improve lymphatic and blood flow to the area, improve the slide and glide between tissue layers and improve body awareness. RockTape is best used when support is needed but you still want to be able to move the joint. Being able to move the joint allows the muscles surrounding the injured area to activate and strengthen to support the area. Rigid Taping is that stiff brown tape that you may have used in the past to make sure that injured joint didn’t move. Many years ago when working with a Local Rugby League team, I completed training in rigid taping. It was a long process to apply as it requires the application of a layer to prevent the tape from reacting with the skin or damaging the skin when removed. The purpose of rigid taping is to prevent movement therefore many layers are applied.  This weekend I had my Dad track me down so that I could strap his badly swollen foot. His Physiotherapist had made him new orthotics which caused his foot swell and caused intense pain. Now incase you are wondering, it is not the Physiotherapist’s fault this occurred. With new orthotics you need to gradually increase the time you wear them in your shoes to allow your feet to get used to the new support.  In this situation, I assessed his foot and decided we needed to focus on getting the swelling down and provide some support through the arch. With RockTape there is a technique with the tape called a Jellyfish. When applied it works tomove the fluid from the affected area and can even bring out bruising. I have also used it with oztag players who have suffered a “corked thigh” from a blow to the muscle. With Dad, I then applied another piece of tape for support across the arch.  RockTape allowed him to continue moving the foot which also helps to move fluid and this morning he text me to say that it worked. The swelling had decreased and he was able to walk again on his foot. RockTape lasts up to 5 days and you can shower with it on so he will continue to benefit throughout the week when he returns to work. While Rigid Tape has it’s place, RockTape is fast becoming my favourite taping approach. I have seen how effective it can be and it is so easy to apply. Even Tristan can do it.  If you have any injury that you would like me to assess and apply RockTape, Contact Us to discuss your injury or book an appointment