Sports and deep tissue massage physiotherapyBy Nigel Chua
Here at Phoenix Rehab, we have a specialized sports and deep tissue massage service, provided by specialist senior massage therapists who have been working alongside our senior physiotherapists for years.
What makes sports and deep tissue massage effective compared to the usual "cheap" massage is that we come from a medical clinical perspective of deep tissue release and sports massage AND we work synergistically with a team of senior physiotherapists, hand therapists, and occupational therapists who are licensed under the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC - a branch of Ministry Of Health Singapore).
The Phoenix Rehab team are comprised of very senior physiotherapists who have studied human anatomy, movement and physiology, and graduated with thousands of hours of hands-on clinical practice and experience. As a collective whole, we can confidently say that we understand the human body, pain and movement much better than anyone else.
Our senior therapists will be able to prescribe and perform a varied range of massage techniques to improve the function of affected muscles and soft tissues in daily tasks and activities.
We assess, diagnose, and treat specific tender and tense areas strategically, with minimal discomfort for maximal muscle release and restoration to normal length.
(Normal length = good and normal performance)
You see, regular sports and deep tissue release massage helps to
- dissolve tight knots and normalize muscle fibers
- align the superficial, middle and deep layers of muscles, connective tissues, and soft tissues.
This decreases the pain associated with movement, improves performance with movement, and helps you to feel good (and confident).
These strokes are similar to clinical massage, but they tend to be deeper, slower and penetrative, that is, focused on specific tender, tight and tense points all over the body. Done regularly, they will keep your muscles and movements free of tight/abnormal muscle knots and adhesions.
Adhesions are "sticky" situations that cause soft tissues to stick to something/each other, and they negatively restrict how soft tissues (such as muscles, ligaments and tendons) move. This may cause:
- abnormal/unnatural pain or discomfort with movement
- "locking" or limited movements
- swelling and pain.
This causes discomfort and limited mobility, function and confidence.
Regular sports and deep tissue release massage physiotherapy will break down and loosen these adhesions, which then relieves pain and restores normal muscle and soft tissue gliding movements.
Our senior massage therapists do this by applying regulated deep tissue pressure to your muscles and connective tissues.
Most of our sports and deep tissue massage therapy patients report
- an immediate improved active range of motion
- that their muscles and soft tissues feel less tight
- that they feel lighter and able to move better.
We recommend patients to regularly engage in sports and deep tissue release massage at least once per week, because:
- tight muscle knots happen every day
- adhesions occur every day
- shortening of muscles happens every day.
That's why it's an ongoing event to manage, treat and prevent the tight muscles, adhesions and short muscles from getting progressively worse - hence the need for at least once per week treatment.
Regular sports and deep tissue massage physiotherapy is useful for some of the following conditions:
- Muscle stiffness, aches and pains such as back aches, neck pains, calf tightness, hip tightness, etc.
- Worries, stress and anxiety
- Chronic and long term pain
- Consistent headaches
- Decreased mobility and difficulties moving
- Chronic illnesses
- Muscle and joint disorders
- Stroke and other neurological problems
- Post surgery (after wounds are healed, but can start with the secondary/non-surgical site first)
- Injury rehabilitation
- Before and after sports/sporting events such as marathons, basketball, football, rugby, triathlons, etc.
If your back, neck, shoulders, hands and hips are aching and seem to be tired/tight/sore, or if you have an aching back/neck from prolonged sitting, having regular sports and deep tissue release massage physiotherapy will help to provide you with pain relief and a quicker recovery.