Human Sports & Remedial Therapy.
To give your horse the optimum chance of success, you need to be in top physical condition. Massage therapy is beneficial for you too. As a qualified Human Sports Masseur, with an equestrian competition background, I am well aware of how those niggling aches and pains affect performance.
It is also important to see how a muscle imbalance in the rider can affect the balance of the horse. Or, visa versa.
Sports and Remedial Therapy
Whether you are suffering muscle aches or strains from hard training, competition, or from the rigours of daily life, massage can be of great benefit in promoting relaxation and reducing pain. It can also promote the healing of damaged tissue, help to correct postural imbalances, and effectively stretch tight muscles.
Sports massage is extremely beneficial in the rehabilitation process following injury, and works along side the body’s natural healing process. It can also be used on a regular basis by athletes who wish to sustain high levels of performance whilst minimising the risk of injury.
I use a wide range of techniques to treat a variety of symptoms. A comprehensive treatment plan including mobility, strength building, flexibility and cardio vascular fitness exercises based on the underlying cause of the problems will be proposed.
Techniques I use
- Joint and Muscle Mobilisations
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Stress Point Therapy
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Positional Release Therapy
- Assisted Stretches
- Swedish Massage Techniques
- Myofascial Release
What to expect during a treatment
During your initial consultation, an examination will take place prior to treatment. This will include obtaining a detailed history, observation for asymmetry, bruising, swelling or muscle tension. Functional tests may also be carried out, in order to determine whether any structures are damaged.
The treatment itself will depend on the nature of the condition, and whether you are suffering from a recent injury or a chronic condition. Various techniques may be employed including kneading, frictions and neuromuscular techniques. It is not unusual to experience some level of discomfort during treatment. Following massage, muscles may be worked using Muscle Energy Techniques, and/or stretched using Soft Tissue Release techniques.
Advice will be given on active rehabilitation, general management, training techniques, suitable exercise programmes and advice to minimise the risk of further problems.
Initial treatments generally last for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, and follow up sessions, about an hour. Maintenance programme treatments will generally be approximately an hour.
How remedial and sports massage can help
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- Massage can stretch tissues that cannot be reached by other means. During massage the muscle bundles are stretched, improving intramuscular circulation. This helps break down sticky adhesions between these bundles.
- Scar tissue can build up in muscles, tendons and ligaments. This is usually the result of recent injury, or repeated micro trauma, and leads to tension and inflexibility. Deep friction massage will help restore normal tissue tension by breaking down the scar tissue adhesions.
- Intensive training can bring about, excessive muscle tension that restricts circulation and deprives the tissue of oxygen. Metabolic waste products accumulate and cause pain. Massage can disperse the waste products by an increase of circulation. Deep massage also causes the pores in tissue membranes to open. This improves the removal of damaging waste products such as lactic acid that builds up after exercise.
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