Massage specialists ashby de la zouch

Massage Tools

Our Massage Therapists are trained to use a variety of Massage Tools. These can be included in your Sports Massage Session for no extra cost. We will often advise using a certain piece of equipment but the decision is always yours. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you are interested in using massage tools during your Sports Massage.

Speak with the specialists at Vitalize Physiotherapy. We serve customers in Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Swadlincote.

 

AN INTRODUCTION

What are massage tools?

The sensation and effects of a Sports Massage may be enhanced with the inclusion of Massage Tools. There are many types of massage tools ranging from Massage Guns, Thumb Guards, IASTM Tools (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) and many more.

The incorporation of such massage tools can help individualise and maximise the treatment effects. For example, a thumb guard will allow the Therapist to apply more pressure to a tight area; An IASTM tool can release tenson in those smaller, more awkward body parts; Massage Guns are effective for increasing blood flow and stimulating large muscle groups, aiding recovery.

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SPORTS MASSAGE PRICES

How much does sports massage cost?

£35

SPORTS MASSAGE SESSION

30 minute treatment

£45

SPORTS MASSAGE SESSION

45 minute treatment

£55

SPORTS MASSAGE SESSION

60 minute treatment

Massage Gun

A Massage Gun is a powerful tool that utilises percussion therapy, which is a combination of vibration and massage. This percussion creates controlled, pressured bursts to the muscles that if done properly has several positive effects. It combines very well and can easily be weaved into a sports massage session. We use massage guns that come with several different attachable heads allowing for different types of stimulation and pressures to different body parts. This allows for a truly individualised and specific treatment experience.

The benefit of Massage Guns are fairly similar to those of a traditional Sports Massage I.e. Increases muscle circulation, maximises physical recovery, decreases muscle stiffness etc…  However, because of the percussive and vibrational element to them they are thought to enhance these effects further. Often it is employed with those clients that like ‘extra pressure’ but this does not have to be the case. It’s important to note that massage guns are fairly new that there is not a significant bank of scientific research into their effects. However, they have been proven to be safe (if used appropriately), more research is steadily being produced and the feedback from individual case studies is very positive.

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What can acupuncture help with?

It’s important to note that massage guns are fairly new that there is not a significant bank of scientific research into their effects. However, they have been proven to be safe (if used appropriately), more research is steadily being produced and the feedback from individual case studies is very positive:

 

There are some contra-indications to Massage Guns. It is not recommended for those with certain medical conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, muscular dystrophy, and certain autoimmune conditions.  It is also not appropriate for new muscle strains or broken bones. Your Therapist will check this with you in your first appointment to ensure you this treatment is right for you.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM)

IASTM is a skilled treatment that uses a tool, made from stainless steel or firm plastics, to manipulate the myofascia, muscles and tendons under the skin. The tool can conform to various anatomical locations and allowing for a more precise treatment.

Myofascia forms part of the bodies connective tissue system (fascia) that separates and contains every muscle of the body. It’s a bit like a spiders-web that encases and surrounds other tissues. Often the myofascia can become pressurised and sensitive leading to trigger points (muscle knots) that can not only cause the muscles to become painful but also refer pain to other parts of the body.

Myofascial release is a form of massage that can be used to treat myofascial pain. This is can be incorporated into your Sports Massage Session and the use of IASTM tools can greatly enhance the treatment experience and effects. The shape and contour of the tools allows for both ‘direct’ release of the deep myofasical tissues or ‘indirect’ release to the surrounding structures allowing the fascia to unwind.

What are the benefits of acupuncture
What can acupuncture help with?

Some of the benefits include:

  • Reduce pain
  • Release knots/trigger points
  • Improve movement and flexibility
  • Improve muscle function
  • Reduce scar tissue of ligaments and muscles
  • Enhance circulation by breaking up the tight areas where blood flow may become restricted
  • Reduce exercise-related soreness 

Myofascial release and sport massage are heavily interconnected. The use of tools can enhance the effects and the research base is fairly established. The effects of IASTM can be quick and powerful meaning it can be used within a sports massage session to profound effect.

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