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Recovery & Beyond Cardiff: Sports Massage

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If you participate in sport at any level , a sports specific massage can be beneficial at various stages of your training routine.

Sports massage can effectively be used before , during and after exercise  to prepare the body for an event or to return the body to a pre – event state .

When used within a training programme a regular massage helps to maintain and improve muscle tone , flexibility and range of motion which can reduce the chances of injury .

Sports massage is a remedial massage which uses a variety of massage techniques for deep tissue release , soft tissue manipulation and myofasial release .

Our masseurs  here at the clinic have worked in a variety of sporting environments with both individuals and professional sports teams. This  includes  work for football and rugby clubs including Cardiff City , Celtic Crusaders and St Helens rugby league . Both have been qualified as sports massage therapists for many years and are registered with the Sports Massage Association .

Sports massage  for Pre – event and  maintenance

When used during training and immediately  prior to exercise or an event (within 24 hours ) sports massage can :

  • Increase blood flow to muscles and soft tissues
  • Increase oxygen delivery in preparation for exercise
  • Loosen shortened , tense muscle tissue
  • Increase the elasticity of over – trained hard tissues
  • Stretch muscles in a variety of ways , stretching fibres and connective tissue that surrounds the muscles , reducing pain and tension .
  • It helps decrease the recovery time between training sessions , especially following longer runs .
  • Sports massage can also have a psychological effect , and depending on the techniques used can invigorate the body and mind , increasing awareness and muscle ton e, or can have a soothing effect , which can relax and reduce anxiety before an event .

 Sports Massage for Post training / event

It is far more beneficial to receive a massage as soon as possible after an event . The sooner the massage takes place the better the recovery rate and reduction of muscle soreness which can be experienced up to a few days after the event .

When used after an event / training massage can :

  • Relieve tightness , stiffness, spasms and restrictions in the muscle tissues.
  • Increase blood circulation , bringing more oxygen and nutrients into the muscles to reduce muscle fatigue and soreness.
  • Promote rapid removal of toxins and waste products from the muscle .
  • Assist with the healing of microscopic tears in the muscle , reducing discomfort .
  • Helps to return the body to a pre – event state , speeding recovery and aiding better performance in the future .

When is the best time for massage ?

The majority of people find that scheduling a session on one of their lighter training days more beneficial , as it enables the therapist to treat any specific muscular tightness allowing a day or two recovery before longer training sessions .

Alternatively  some people prefer to schedule their massage following their longer training run allowing them to maximise their training performance during the week .

You may find it useful to discuss your training routine with the therapist to find out when the optimum time will be for you. We welcome enquiries , so if you would like any further information please call us or send us a message via the contacts page .

 

Not just for sports

Sports massage is not just for amateur and professional athletes . The techniques used can also be beneficial in reducing tension , aches and tight muscles that can develop from occupational and everyday activities .

Sports massage does not just have to be used as a treatment  – by having a regular sports massage you can prevent the onset of tight muscle tissue, which can relieve  discomfort and prevent the  , allowing you to continue with day to day activities  . Here at the clinic we see just as many people for sports massage who are not actively involved in sport than those who are .

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Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine

Recovery & Beyond is a proud member of The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Yep that’s a mouthful! While our membership underlines our commitment to sports physiotherapy, it’s our years of experience in rehabilitating, strengthening and maintaining sportsmen, both amateur and elite that make us the most proud.

We have slowly built up a centre of excellence that covers many of the aspects involved in preparation, rehab and recovery in the field of sports.

Physio for Runners, Skiiers, Golfers and other sports atheletes

A physio looks at sports performance in a different way than a strength and conditioning coach does. An experienced sports physio will be able to bio mechanically assess an athelete and pin point pr oblems that lead to underperformance or recurring injuries.

We believe these are highly beneficial to all levels and have just launched specialised classes that help you with Skiing Golf and Running to name a few.

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We’re proud members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.

This isn’t just so we can show the logo on our site. It’s because we take physiotherapy standards of care extremely seriously.

Experienced Physio’s with manual skills

It’s not easy to become a physio at Recovery & Beyond. You need years of varied experience and advanced skills in manual therapy and manipulation techniques.

These are the skills and attitudes we invest in. They are also, what enables us to help clients recover from injury and chronic long term pain.  We also believe it’s this expertise that sets us apart from other similar healthcare practitioners in Cardiff.

Physiotherapist, Chiropractor or Osteopath? Which one should you choose?

Your body is a a highly connected structure, working on one part in isolation is unlikely to yield long term results. Like many leading practitioners we think about care holistically. To provide this level of care means that we offer the full range of manipulative and therapeutic techniques.

For example, your condition may require manipulation, the kind of treatment Chiropractor’s often provide. However, for long term recovery manipulation  alone may not be enough. To achieve lasting pain relief and mobility manipulation may need to be accompanied by joint mobilisation, soft tissue work and specific exercises. Recovery and Beyond are set up precisely with this type of holistic care plan in mind.

Here are some of the techniques and treatments available

Manipulation

The Physiotherapist may use high velocity low amplitude thrust techniques to increase range of movement at a specific joint . This can produce the characteristic click.

This is a specific technique only to be used when appropriate and only by those with specialist training. This will only be used in treatment when indicated and only done with your prior consent.

Mobilisation

Joint mobilisations are repetitive or sustained specific joint movements which are used to relieve pain and increase movement .

Soft tissue techniques e.g. myofascial release

We are trained to use a wide range of soft tissues techniques including sports massage strokes , myofascial release , connective tissue and fascial manipulation , specific soft tissue mobilisation and muscle energy techniques among others . These are combined with other techniques to improve mobility and joint function . We also have two sports massage here at the clinic , and we work closely as part of a team , you may be referred to one of our sports masseurs should more soft tissue massage be recommended .

Neural Mobilisation

If indicated your Physiotherapist may decide to specifically mobilise neural structures , specific stretching movements with a combination of joint or soft tissue mobilisation techniques .

Specific Exercise Prescription

Exercise and functional rehabilitation and prehabititation is paramount in injury recovery and prevention , and is something we take very seriously at Recovery and Beyond Physiotherapy .

Keeping up to date with the latest research is important as things can change quickly in exercise medicine . Our exercises will always be evidence based and our expertise and involvement with sports teams and individuals means we have vast experience in exercise and rehabilitation .

Strength and conditioning principles are used for optimising normal , functional and sporting movement.

Acupuncture

We use Acupuncture for pain relief and for the treatment of trigger point . Our approach combines traditional Chinese medicine points as well as additional western approaches including dry needling .

Not all of our Physiotherapists are qualified to provide this as part of your treatment if you are particularly interested in receiving acupuncture or have received it in the past with good effect , please tell reception at time of booking so you are booked in with one of our Acupuncture trained physios . Our clinic is licenced by Cardiff city council to carry out the practice of acupuncture by Qualified personel within the establishment .

Electrotherapy

We use electrotherapy when appropriate to either help relieve pain or to facilitate the bodys healing process. These are used when necessary but less frequently than our other techniques as we believe improving function with experienced hands on treatment to be the primary target of any intervention and which responds with the best results