Tamara Howard ACMT MFHT

Advanced Clinical, Sports and Soft Tissue Massage Therapist

What is Sports & Remedial Massage?

Massage is one of the earliest forms of physical therapy and dates back to over 3,000 years and is based on our instinct to rub areas that hurt.

When our soft tissue does not function as it should, it can cause pain, discomfort, weakness, reduced mobility and postural deformity.

The most common causes of soft tissue dysfunction are poor posture, repetitive movements, injury, stress, depression and lifestyle.  Therefore, it is likely to be something that all of us will experience at some point in our lives.  

There are many types of massage available today with Sports & Remedial Massage being a form where soft tissue is manipulated using various techniques, such as myofascial release, soft tissue release, deep tissue massage, trigger point work and muscle energy techniques to assist in correcting the problems and imbalances caused by repetitive and/or strenuous physical activity or trauma.

In a sporting context, the application of sports massage aids recovery, helps prevent injury and may help enhance performance.


What are the benefits?

Sports & Remedial massage has many positive effects on the body both physically and psychologically.  Just some of these benefits are:

  • Release of soft tissue tension

  • Relieved stiffness

  • Re-established balance in muscle function

  • Increased mobility and flexibility

  • Improved circulation

  • Helps break down scar tissue and adhesions

  • Improved removal of waste products

  • Reduced pain

  • Improved relaxation

  • Reduced anxiety

  • Injury prevention

  • Reduced recovery time 

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Restore balance and improve posture