Neringa Gedvilaite – Sports therapist/massage therapist
Member of Society of Sports therapist
University of Kent BSc Sports therapy 1st degree honours
Sports Therapy is a healthcare profession that is specifically concerned with preventing, assessing and rehabilitating sports injuries to guide patients of all abilities back to their uppermost levels of functional, occupational and sport specific fitness.
You do not need to be a sports person to get a soft tissue injury. A lot of injuries such as muscle strains, ligament sprains and postural imbalances happen through daily activities. A sports therapist can assess and treat your condition using a combination of treatment methods.
A sports therapist uses a combination of techniques such as massage, stretching, manual therapy, kinesio taping and rehabilitation programmes specific to the injury and patient to achieve the best outcome. This range of service allows a sports therapist to treat acute and chronic injuries, muscle imbalances and postural misalignments, as well as helping with maintaining a fit and healthy body.
Different massage techniques
This technique combines a variety of soft tissue manipulation including deep tissue massage strokes, stretching techniques and trigger point therapy.
It is used to not only treat the acute and chronic injuries but also to prevent them from happening. Sports massage is very affective in treating aches and pains, muscle fatigue and stiffness. It increases flexibility, promotes lymphatic and blood circulation in the area and promotes healing.
Stretching techniques (part of sports massage)
Muscle energy technique (MET) is a manual therapy that uses gentle muscle contractions and stretching to improve the movement in the muscles and joints. It works with your nervous system and that way helps to reduce the pain in the area.
Soft tissue release (STR) is focused on more specific areas of the muscle that cause discomfort. It combines pressure in the area and stretching.
Myofascial release is a manual therapy used to reduce soft tissue restrictions and improve range of motion in the joints.
Deep tissue massage
This technique is similar to sports massage. It focuses on working on deeper layers of muscles, connective tissue and fascia by using deep pressure. It is very beneficial for chronic pain and muscle tension.
When should I have a massage?
There are many different reasons to have a massage. As most of our daily lives have become intense and fast-paced, every day can be filled with stress. We do so much multitasking, driving instead of walking or cycling; using smartphones and laptops that sometimes do not pay enough attention to our health and posture until it starts bothering us with pain and disability.
If you are active I am sure you have experience DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) before and massage is an effective way to speed up the recovery process and reduce the pain.
Finally, if you were unfortunate and injured yourself straining your muscle, spraining your ankle or working for too long on a computer, massage is a part of a sports therapy treatment that can facilitate the process of getting you back on your feet and happy again.
Having a regular treatment helps to maintain your muscle tone and posture and prevent little niggles from becoming chronic issues.