The demands of the professional, semi-professional or serious amateur upon their body can be significantly demanding and the specific sport can require a focus on one area over another. The general application of massage techniques should allow a therapist to address most concerns, however in some instances your therapist may know or carry out additional research in appropriate exercises, rehabilitation programmes or other specific techniques as part of your treatment.
Some examples of sport specific massage techniques and the types of sport specific advice your therapist may be able to offer are shown below.
Football – mobilisations of hip and knee joints to address the additional twisting and the demands this puts on the body.
Golf – shoulders, arms, hips and knees all require special attention; assessment during early stages of a massage treatment with additional work during the treatment on any regions that need it.
Running – in addition to general treatment of the legs, specific attention should be paid to the IT band and hip flexors.