Professional Sports Massage in Cotgrave, Nottingham
Sports massage near Nottingham
At Niall McNamara Physiotherapy we offer sports massage from a trained and qualified professional. We have a modern clinic in Cotgrave, near Nottingham, easily accessible from Bingham, West Bridgford, Keyworth, Ruddington and other surrounding areas.
Booking is quick and easy onine, and we also offer a Free 15-Minute Telephone Consultation if there are any questions you would like to discuss before booking an appointment.
What Is a Sports Massage?
Sports massage is a general approach to massage rather than any particular process or set of techniques, and describes a massage intended to improve recovery and performance of muscles, tendons and other soft tissues.
As the name suggests, sports massage is generally used to improve sporting performance, but anyone can benefit from a sports massage, particularly if you have sore or aching muscles from any physical activity, or are feeling pain or stiffness as a result of sitting at a desk, driving, or any other activity.
The duration of a sports massage can vary depending on your specific needs and can be tailored to benefit any particular areas of the body which are sore or in pain, or to the areas of the body most relevant to your particular sport.
Sports massage is adaptable to your particular sport
Sports massage is intended to have a therapeutic effect rather than to simply be relaxing
How Is Sports Massage Different to Other Types of Massage?
The distinguishing feature of sports massage is that it is intended to have a therapeutic effect on sore or tired muscles and increase performance, as opposed to a spa-type massage or Swedish massage, which are intended primarily to be relaxing (although sports massage also has a relaxing effect).
As such, the experience of a sports massage can be different to a spa-type massage. The greater pressure needed to release tight muscles, myofascia and trigger points, and the necessity of working on areas of the body which are tender from sport or injury, means that sports massage may feel less comfortable than a massage designed purely for relaxation.
What Are the Benefits of Sports Massage?
As a result of sports or other activity, muscles can become tight and form 'knots'. This decreases the efficiency and flexibility of the muscle, potentially making it sore and tender. Flexibility is also reduced which increases the potential of injury, meaning recovery time is needed before it can be used again.
Sports massage helps to release the tightness in sore muscles and increase the blood flow to the affected area, speeding up your recovery. This leads to a reduction in pain and means you can get back to your sport or activity more quickly.
Sports massage improves recovery time in sore muscles
Regular sports massage can help you perform to the best of your ability
The muscle stretching and reduction in tension which occurs in the course of a sports massage can also lead to other benefits, such as increased flexibility, range of motion, and muscle efficiency. This enhances your performance and makes you less susceptible to injury. Regular sports massage will allow your muscles to remain in peak condition and allow you to function in your sport at the absolute best of your ability.
Although a sports massage is designed primarily to have a therapeutic and healing effect on the muscles rather than to be relaxing, the reduction in muscle tension also produces a general relaxing effect on the body. This can lead to a reduction in anxiety, better sleep, better focus, and a better ability to deal with stress.
Our Cotgrave Clinic is conveniently situated in a peaceful area just outside of Nottingham with easy access from the A46 and ample parking.
We have a range of equipment making us suitable for a variety of different assessments and treatments.
We also offer home visits. To arrange a visit to your home or workplace, simply contact us.
When Should I Get A Sports Massage?
When and how often to have a sports massage is a matter of personal preference, your own needs and goals and getting to know your own body. Some people who are participating regularly in sport might choose to have a regular sports massage on a weekly basis, whilst others might find it helps them to recover after an event or intense training session, or some may prefer to have a sports massage shortly before an event for optimum performance.
The best frequency and timing of sports massage sessions is different for everyone and is something you can discuss with your therapist. If you'd like to talk about the best time for you to have a sports massage, book a Free 15-Minute Telephone Consultation.
The best frequency and timing of sports massage is mainly down to personal preference
A variety of techniques are used in sports massage
Techniques Used In Sports Massage
Because of the bespoke nature of sports massage, your therapist might use a variety of different techniques depending on what is right for you and your needs and goals. Generally, this may include:
Soft Tissue Work
A catch-all term for a variety of therapeutic techniques used on soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc), including massage, stretching or using a roller or massage gun.
Myofascia is tissue which surrounds and protects muscles. It is normally pliable and elastic but may become tight following exercise. During myofascial release, the trained therapist feels for tight myofascia using palpation, and will use various soft tissue techniques to remove tightness and bring the myofascia back to its flexible state.
Trigger Point Techniques
Trigger points or "knots" are are highly localised tightness in the muscle which can form after exercise or other physical activity. The intense tightness can cause pain or spasms, reduce flexibility - potentially leading to injury - and in some cases cause unhealthy compensatory reactions in surrounding areas of the body.
Trigger point techniques relax these knots and stretch out the surrounding tissues. This increases blood flow and flexibility, and reduces pain and the potential for injury.
Deep Tissue Massage
As the name suggests, deep tissue massage involves massaging deep into the muscles to stimulate blood flow and help to break down damaged tissue, speeding up the healing process.
A lot more pressure is needed to reach these deeper parts of the muscles and may be slightly painful, but your therapist will ensure any pain is not more than you are comfortable with.
Niall McNamara BSc MCSP HCPC
As a former professional sportsperson I have found sports massage to be a hugely beneficial therapy, and enjoy bringing the same benefits to my patients.
You will discuss with your therapist throughout the session
Your First Appointment
Sports massage is essentially a gentle therapy. You should enjoy your session and leave feeling relaxed, with any tightness in the muscles released.
At your first appointment, your therapist will discuss with you your reasons for coming for a sports massage and any problematic areas of the body, and answer any questions you have. You will continue to talk with your therapist during the session to ensure they are aware of any painful areas or anything you find uncomfortable.
We will also send you information ahead of your appointment on practicalities such as parking and appropriate clothes to wear. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to book a Free 15-Minute Telephone Consultation.
Book an Appointment
Booking is easy with the online system below. After booking, you will receive an email with full instructions on getting to the clinic, parking, what to wear and expect, and other practicalities.