Sports massages can be extremely advantageous if you’re someone who engages in regular physical activities. Here at Beckwith, we offer the opportunity for a sports massage in Harrogate, providing a brilliant therapeutic treatment to help prevent injury and also help to rehabilitate those who have suffered an injury.

What to Expect from a Sports Massage

Therapeutic sports massage techniques involve warming up and relaxing the muscles, as well as preparing them for much deeper work. They also incorporate rubbing, compressions, and longitudinal and cross-fibre friction. Other soft tissue methods can also be incorporated, including stretching, trigger point release, frictions, tapping, and strapping.

Benefits of Our Sports Massage in Harrogate

A quality sports massage is able to provide much greater overall flexibility to the recipient. Massaging the muscles expands the muscle tissue in a multidirectional fashion, equally longitudinal and side to side. This may also have a comparable impact on the muscular sheath and around ligaments, which enables the perfect release of stored pressure and stress.

Another fantastic benefit of a sports massage is improved blood flow. The massage boosts the circulation of blood to the targeted muscle tissue in the same way as exercise. Furthermore, massage therapy also causes vessels of blood to dilate, which allows fresh oxygen and nutrition to be transported more conveniently, enabling a rapid recovery.

Mobility is also boosted during a sports massage due to an increase in muscle length. This is a result of releasing the muscle from a stat of tightness and reducing any knots and breakdown of scar tissue.

Additional important benefits include an increase in circulation as well as an improvement in mental alertness and reduction of stress levels. The massage also aids the lymphatic drainage system.

Injury Assessments During our Sports Massage in Harrogate

We also carry out injury assessments during a sports massage, involving a full assessment of the surrounding areas and joints, as well as identification of the main factors of the injury, which an initial treatment will then be based upon.

The treatment to be carried out on an injury ranges from massage, trigger points, frictions, active/passive stretching, mobilisations, and strapping.

A reassessment will then see the effect that the treatment has had on the injury or issue.
A home treatment plan of stretches or exercises need to be performed to aid the healing process, and to allow you to keep an active input in the treatments of the injury, as well as helping to manage symptoms between visits.