Sports Therapy Massage Techniques - Manchester

When you're considering sports massage therapy to alleviate your aches, pains or stress, the range of treatments available can be overwhelming. To help you make an informed decision on which treatment would be most beneficial, here's our guide to some of the treatment options and the symptoms they target:


PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) uses a range of METs (Muscle Energy Techniques) to stretch the muscles and connective fibres and assist the breakdown of fibrous adhesives. These techniques are often used in sports applications, allowing athletes to recover with their own effort and movement with the therapist's supervision.

Benefits include:

  • Improved flexibility and range of movement for the joint targeted

  • Improved elasticity and in turn joint mobility

This therapy can also be utilised to target problems with muscle fatigue or poor conditioning, in addition to physical and mental stress, illness or injury.

Benefits seen from the treatment include:

  • Improvement in muscle strength and tone

  • Correction of muscle imbalance developed during injury

  • Improved posture/gait/mobility

Neuromuscular Techniques (NMT)

Tensions local to a particular area of the body may be the result of a trauma, as the body attempts to protect and contain the damage. Tension can also build if joints are frequently held in tense and shortened positions. These problems can be corrected using Neuromuscular Techniques (NMT). These techniques are often used in conjunction with sports massage therapies such as connective tissue manipulation.

Neuromuscular techniques have been shown to help with:

  • Breaking down fibre adhesions and fibrositic nodules found in muscles

  • Calming hypersensitive areas in bands of taut muscle and trigger points

  • Improving muscle movement and strength

  • Reducing pain and discomfort in the problem area

  • Promoting a sense a well-being

These proven techniques and therapies are available to clients throughout Manchester and the surrounding areas with Martin Speakman. If you seek relief from any of the aforementioned symptoms, why not get in touch to see if Martin can help with your recovery?