Although sometimes overlooked in training programs, Sports Massage is the key to getting an edge over your competitors. Or to shaving those extra few seconds off your race times. It can also prevent injuries, calm the nervous system and release waste products that build up after athletic activity, to name just a few of the benefits.
Scientifically speaking, we know now that heavy workouts and endless weigh training can only take an athlete so far. We’ve learned from studies and experience that allowing recovery time for the body to repair itself can be just as important as intense training. Sport massages can double the benefit of recovery periods because they actually improve muscle regeneration by kick starting your body’s natural healing processes. If you’ve been prone to sports related strains and injuries than allowing time for this process is vital.
What’s the difference between traditional relaxation massages and Sports Massage Therapy?
To put it simply, sports massage is specifically targeted to match each individual’s body composition, activities, age, fitness level and personal training goals. Have you ever left a massage treatment feeling relaxed, but wishing that your bad shoulder or stiff lower back were feeling better? Sports massage therapy differs from total body massage, in that the entire treatment session can focus on one part of the body. A skilled therapist can spend an entire session focusing on shoulder massage or back massage to make sure you get the results you need and that you’ll never leave disappointed.
A variety of techniques can be used as part of Sports massage therapy. Trigger point therapy, may be used to put pressure on painful “knots” in muscles or connective tissue. Releasing these points can reduce pain and stiffness in the muscle and prevent the body from overcompensating with other muscle groups. This treatment can be done on an ongoing basis, but it is especially useful before an event if there are trouble areas that need to be treated quickly.
Application of pressure is contraindicated directly over sites of acute, active and ongoing infection and inflammation. Recent unhealed fractures, acute gout, phlebitis, and unhealed wounds contraindicate massage.
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