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BetterNow Healthcare offer sports massage in Cambridge for problems with tight overworked muscles and the importance of recovery and injury prevention

 

Training and competition will often lead to increased and abnormal muscle tension. Increases in muscle tension will reduce your flexibility, potentially leading to poor performance as well as an increased risk of injury.

 

Why does it increase my risk of injury?

 

So, when the muscle is stretched so is a thing called the muscle spindle (stretch receptors) which record changes in length and then sends signals to the spine. This then triggers the stretch reflex which attempts to resist the change in muscle length as to avoid you over stretching and causing injury.

 

The faster the change in muscle tension the harder the stretch reflex will resist you.

 

If you have a tight muscle, it means that you don’t have to move your body/limb as far as usual before the muscle fights back. This is great but if you move too far, too quickly with an already tight muscle the resistance may be so strong that it causes a muscle tear. This is why it is important to keep supple.

 

It has also been shown that a tight muscle may in fact have less strength than a muscle with good length. This, along with other factors may lead to reductions in performance.

 

Benefits of Massage:

 

  • Improved circulation- removal of metabolites (metabolic waste) which can lead to muscle pain if left to build up.

 

  • Decreased sensations of fatigue.

 

  • Reduced muscle spasm and the normalisation of muscle tone.

 

  • Releasing trigger points (areas of taught and irritable muscle tissue which may predispose someone to injury)

 

  • Realigning muscle/collagen fibres – this will help restore function and improve flexibility.

 

  • Stretching muscles and other soft tissues

 

  • Increasing joint range of motion as well as reducing stress on tendon attachments.

 

  • Etc.

 

There are many massage techniques that we can use, however, this all depends on the individual being treated and the nature of the stiffness.

 

Sports massages can be helpful during training, before an event where appropriate, or after an event.

 

They can also be used in conjunction with other Physiotherapy treatments in rehabilitation following injury, however this will require a full assessment to establish cause of injury etc.  I also see a lot of athletes for preventative massages to keep them supple and reduce the likelihood of injury. This allows me to highlight any problem areas before they turn into an injury.

 

If this is something you would like to have done or would like to speak directly to me about any injuries you may have feel free to call me on 01223832808 or you can email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I will be happy to answer your questions. We are based close to Cambridge in the village of Sawston.

 

Information on Fees here.

 

Other articles that you may find helpful include: hamstring strain, Core StabilityVideo Gait Analysis and Running technique for performance and Injury prevention.

 

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Ola is a physio with 20 years experience and has a special interest in musculoskeletal

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