Sports Therapy Massage Mitts
The main objective of sports massage is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Massage treatments are not just for the sports person: anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious for example occupational, emotional and postural stresses may produce many similar physical characteristics to sports injuries. Soft tissue techniques employed by sports massage therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries.

The Professional Sports Massage Mitts are a therapeutic multi-directional massage tool worn on the hands designed for easy use to enhance sports massage and soft tissue mobilisation techniques. They may also be used as an aid for rehabilitation from allied health and sports massage professionals for more intensive and complex procedures.
Various sports massage techniques increase the body’s own recovery process advancing the athlete’s ability to return to training and competition, and reducing the risk of injury. Regular sports massage can help your body relax, recover and regenerate to reduce your pain and restore function.

Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense but it is based on the various elements of Swedish massage and often incorporates combinations of other techniques involving stretching, compression and mobilising the skin and superficial fascia. Treatment with the massage mitts on is more comfortable, effective and longer lasting than treatments with your hands alone.

Massage with the mitts increases the stimulation of various receptors and physiological responses within the body. The whole hand can be used to complement the contours of the body improving the massage experience. Massage stroke maybe; fast, slow, light or deep and vary in duration, direction and intensity depending on the required effect. The massage can be relaxing or stimulating. Cross-fibre and circular movements can also help with the healing process by increasing blood and lymphatic circulation and by clearing harmful metabolic by-products which is vital in maintaining full pain-free range of movement.
 
 
 
 
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2. What happening while you are massaging

While you are massaging, the nodules on the mitts oscillate over the skin and superficial fascia increasing the body’s response to physiological mechanical stimuli and converts it into biochemical responses.

After using the massage mitt, even after just a couple of minutes you will feel instant changes to the quality of the tissue in the area that has been massaged, you will experience the tissue relaxing. This effect is not the ‘breaking down’ of adhesion, scar tissue or muscle knots, it is changes in tissue tone that are mediated by the lymphatic, nervous and fascial systems.

Massage with the mitts will help reset altered tension patterns that accumulate in the body after trauma, repetitive movements from poor work, sport and postural habits. They are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries.

You can gentle massage tender areas around joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments to reduce pain levels and increase flexibility to enhance function and reduce muscle fatigue preparing you for optimal performance.
 
 

3.The benefits of sports massage

Sports massage can help your muscles relax, recover and regenerate to reduce your pain and restore function to your body. Promotes healing and flexibility by stimulating the body’s own physiological responses.

Sport Massage can help with:

Physical Benefits – Using the massage mitts will effectively, and more comfortably breakdown of any muscle tightness and fascial tension between the soft tissue layers.

•Prevent and relieve soft tissue adhesions
•Prepares muscles for training, improves delivery of nutrients to your muscles or for pre-event tailored warm up.
•post exercise, Reduces recovery time and fatigue after exercise.
•Stimulate healing process within the body.
•Increases sensory feedback
•Increase blood and lymphatic circulation, clearing of harmful metabolic by-products
•Reduce localised areas of pain from tight fascia and scar tissue
•For rehabilitation to Increases muscle flexibility and suppleness with improved tissue elasticity
•Reduces muscle imbalance and enhances bio integrity.
•Increases active range of movements
•Self-treating common musculoskeletal conditions Improve your performance

You can gain significant health and performance benefits from regular sports massage therapy. Sports massage therapy is a form of massage therapy that helps athletes avoid or recover from sports-related injuries, and typically utilises more vigorous forms of massage to facilitate muscle healing or relaxation. Massage therapy should be performed before and after a competition to prevent injuries and loss of mobility.
Physiological Benefits – Pain reduction and relaxation are the two main physiological benefits from massage therapy. A Sports Massage with the mitts is an excellent way of relieving tension & tiredness allowing the body to relax and enhance the body’s own recovery process.
 
 

4. Design Features of the massage mitt as a therapeutic massage tool

•Surface nodules of various dimensions
•Made with body safe mdeical grade silicone.
•Integral support to protect the user from repetitive strain injuries and overuse of their wrist, hand and fingers joints.
 

How to give sports massage

The mitts are ergonomically designed to protect the therapist’s hands against fatigue and repetitive strain injuries.
How to use the Massage Mitt In the shower and bath with shower gel General massage with non-silicone based carrier oils Application of non-silicone based body creams and lotions Dry for body brushing
Most sports massages are usually performed by using a massage oil or lotion.

Before putting the mitts on, cover the area of the body that is to be massage with the oil or lotion. Your hands will then slide easily into the mitts as they will also be covered with the product you choose to use.

N.B. Please note that the massage mitts must not be used with other silicone based products.

Massaging with the mitts provides an effective and comfortable sport massage; they help reduce connective tissue densities faster and easier.

The nodules on the mitts oscillate over the skin and superficial fascia while you are massaging, increasing the body’s response to physiological mechanical stimuli and converts it into biochemical responses.

After using the massage mitt, even after just a couple of minutes you will feel instant changes to the quality of the tissue in the area that has been massaged, you will experience the tissue relaxing and patient may describe and you will feel a releasing effect of their tight tissues.

This effect is not the ‘breaking down’ of adhesion, scar tissue or muscle knots, it is changes in tissue tone that are mediated by the nervous system. The sports massage mitts promotes healing and flexibility by stimulating the body’s own physiological responses.
 

5. Massage techniques

Usually when deeper massage techniques and pressure are applied during massage treatments the individual may experience discomfort. Massaging with the massage mitts is a more comfortable experience; the results are more effective and longer lasting.

Gentle massage techniques with the massage mitt will however still stimulate the body’s own physiological responses to promote healing and flexibility, by increasing lymph and circulation within the body. Gentle massage will also help your muscles to relax, recover and regenerate to reduce your pain and restore function to your body.

You will be surprised of how deep the slow movements with the massage mitts can penetrate deep into the fascial system.

Even after just a few strokes of massage you will feel how quickly the muscles and fascial tension will relax, and circulation will improve.
 

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Having a massage treatment is an enjoyable experience but it is also a necessity with the stressful lives we live in a modern society. It is not always convenient or possible to get an appointment with a sports, massage, osteopath or physiotherapist when we need one and most of us are guilty of ‘putting things off’, procrastinating when we take into account our health. You can use the mitts in the shower, with body lotion or with oils to rub away the tension of the day, or to treat minor musculoskeletal injuries before they evolve into a more chronic condition.

Work related postural aches and pains can accumulate in your upper back, neck and shoulders and cause stiffness in our lower back and neck. Using the mitts ‘little and often’ will help you support your overall health.
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