Sports Injury Management
This type of massage stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use “Trigger point Therapy” to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
There are 4 types of Sports massage:
- Pre-Event sports massage, a short stimulating massage
- Post-Event sports massage, given with-in an hour or two of the event to normalize the body’s tissues.
- Restorative sports massage, given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less chance of injury
- Rehabilitative sports massage , aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to good health.
When should I get a Sports Massage?
This is a good choice if you have a specific problem- a tender knee from running, for instance. It is also a good idea to see a therapist who an assist you to identify and correct the movement pattern that might be causing your injury in the first place. They focus on the problem areas, like the knee, hamstring or frozen shoulder, rather than giving you a full body massage.
No matter what type of massage you choose, I, your therapist will discuss with you, your needs and expectations.
Sports Massage is a type of massage technique that focuses on treating soft tissue aches, pain and injuries that are associated with recreational activities. Massage can reduce muscle stiffness and improve relaxation by reducing heart rate and blood pressure. It involves applying mechanical pressure on soft tissue, and this has been linked with improved muscle flexibility, increased range of movement in joints and decreased muscle stiffness.
Most people report a feeling of pure relaxation, reduced anxiety, and improved mood as a result. You may find an edge in these psychological benefits . But as research continues to grow on the real physical benefits of massage, more and more athletes will be taking advantage of these “Feel-good” training methods.