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Sports Massage Therapy Will Give Athletes Quickly Overcome Their Sports Injuries!
What is sports massage therapy?
In recent years, increasing numbers of people of all ages have been heeding their health professionals' advice to get active for all of the health benefits exercise has to offer. But for some people—particularly those who overdo or who don't properly train or warm up—these benefits can come at a price: sports injuries.
Fortunately, most sports injuries can be treated effectively, and most people who suffer injuries can return to a satisfying level of physical activity after an injury. Even better, many sports injuries can be prevented if people take the proper precautions.
Sprains and Strains
A sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament, the band of connective tissues that joins the end of one bone with another. Sprains are caused by trauma such as a fall or blow to the body that knocks a joint out of position and, in the worst case, ruptures the supporting ligaments. Sprains can range from first degree (minimally stretched ligament) to third degree (a complete tear). Areas of the body most vulnerable to sprains are ankles, knees, and wrists. Signs of a sprain include varying degrees of tenderness or pain; bruising; inflammation; swelling; inability to move a limb or joint; or joint looseness, laxity, or instability.
A strain is a twist, pull, or tear of a muscle or tendon, a cord of tissue connecting muscle to bone. It is an acute, noncontact injury that results from overstretching or over contraction. Symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasm, and loss of strength. While it's hard to tell the difference between mild and moderate strains, severe strains not treated professionally can cause damage and loss of function.
Each athlete uses their individual muscles and muscle groups in different ways specific to the sport they are involved with. Massage therapists at the Holistic Medical Massage Clinic are experts with understanding each muscle, the muscle groups and how they are affected by the specific movements and stresses used in each sport.
How sports massage benefits the athlete:
- PREVENTS muscle and tendon injuries.
- IMPROVE range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and performance;
- REDUCES the chance of injury, by relieving stress points in muscles, before they result in restrictions or spasm; allowing a quicker return to maximum training levels.
- SHORTEN recovery time between workouts with less chance of chronic problems returning.
- MAXIMIZE the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow;
- ENHANCES a preventive approach to athletic training whereby soft tissues are free of trigger points and adhesions, thus contributing toward the improvement of peak neuromuscular functioning.
- PRE-EVENT massage stimulates circulation, calms nervous tension, and prepares the athlete for optimal performance while reducing the chances of injury.
- POST-EVENT massage relieves soreness and assists in the removal of lactic acid and other waste products.
- MAINTENANCE massage focuses on the prevention of developing chronic injuries and aids in the healing process of current ones.
The three areas of sports massage:
Keeping an athlete in top physical shape requires a regular prevention and maintenance program, as well as treatment before and after an athletic event. And, when strains, sprains, bruises, or other major injuries occur, sports massage therapy may be necessary to speed healing and reduce discomfort.
An effective maintenance massage program is based on our massage therapist's expert understanding of anatomy and kinesiology Our massage therapist help the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility. The overall objective of our maintenance program is to help the athlete reach optimal performance through injury-free training.
Pre- and post-event massage therapy is tailored for distinct purposes.
Pre-event massage is used as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. It also improves tissue pliability, readying the athlete for top performance.
Post-event massage, on the other hand, is geared toward reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with vigorous exercise. Various sports massage techniques enhance the body’s own recovery process, improving the athlete’s return to high-level training and competition, and reducing the risk of injury.
Even with maintenance massage, muscles may cramp, tear, bruise, and ache. Sports massage can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process.
Why you should choose Holistic Medical Massage Clinic for your Sports Massage needs?
Soft tissue techniques employed by our massage therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries. For example, adding lymphatic massage to the “standard care” procedure in the acute stage of injury will improve control of secondary, edema formation and enhance lymphatic uptake of fluid throughout the healing cycle. Trigger point techniques reduce the spasms and pain that occur, both in the injured and “compensation” muscles. Cross-fiber friction techniques applied during the sub-acute and maturation phases of healing improve the formation of strong and flexible repair tissue, which is vital in maintaining full pain-free range of motion during rehabilitation.