Sports Massage Therapy is for Everyone

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It is a common misconception that sports massage is only for elite athletes. This is certbloomfield-chiropractic-center-sports-massageainly not true. While this type of treatment can improve the performance of an athlete and help keep him in his sport, it is beneficial to anyone who suffers from chronic pain or has an injury, whether from running a marathon, playing tennis on the weekend, or working in the garden. When it comes to the musculoskeletal system, we all have the same anatomy. A sore muscle is a sore muscle regardless of what caused it

Sports Massage Therapy Benefits

A better tactic is to apply a critical-reasoning approach to the four main areas of training and timing that the sports massage therapist will work in

  1. Event preparation. This is when the athlete is in competition and is more of the traditional pre-event massage. This type of massage is utilized as part of the overall warm-up and is ideally performed within 90 minutes of play. It is quicker, lighter, and more general and should not last more than 10 to 15 minutes. Some benefits of event-preparation massage are that it:
  • Warms the muscles
  • Excites the nervous system
  • Increases blood flow
  • Helps delay the feeling of exertion
  • Can help reduce injury
  1. Prevention and maintenance.This type of massage is best done when the athlete can recover from any soreness. This is the time to work a bit deeper to remove any restrictions in the tissues and make corrections to the body without disrupting the training cycle. Some benefits of prevention-and-maintenance massage are that it:
  • Normalizes tissue
  • Improves tissue healing
  • Improves range of motion
  • Reduces muscle stiffness
  • Removes trigger points
  • Improves scar mobility
  1. Injury treatment.This phase of sports massage therapy can occur while the athlete is still in competition; or, if the injury is bad enough, she will be out of training and competition. Techniques can range from lymphatic drainage to scar massage. Depending on the situation, the athlete may be in rehabilitation, so it is important to communicate with the other members of the health care team. Some of the benefits of injury-treatment massage are that it:
  • Prepares tissue to enhance treatments
  • Improves tissue healing
  • Normalizes tissue
  • Removes trigger points
  • Improves scar mobility
  1. Recovery. This is an extremely important time for the athlete to receive sports massage therapy. This phase can include the traditional post-event massage and the more thorough recovery massage. This type of massage is ideally done one to three hours after competition. The benefits of recovery massage are that it:
  • Reduces delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • Improves the feeling of recovery
  • Can help with muscle endurance and power output
  • Can reduce muscle fatigue for repeated bouts
  • Increases neutrophil count
  • Decreases pain-causing substances in the muscles
  • Increases the pain threshold after exercise
  • Improves blood flow
  • Calms the nervous system and helps effect relaxation

So when talking about massage, sports massage is beneficial to anyone who suffers from chronic pain or has an injury, whether you’re an athlete a weekend warrior or sore from chronic pain.

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