Sports Therapy and Massage should play an important part in the life of any sportsman or woman whether they are injured or not. Massage has a number of benefits both physical, physiological and psychological.
Mark Higgins treating UAS National Team player Freddy Adu
What is Therapeutic Sports Therapy?
Therapeutic sports Therapy is a type of deep tissue therapy that focuses on treating soft tissue aches, pain and injuries that are associated with recreational activities. It can reduce muscle stiffness and improve relaxation by reducing heart rate and blood pressure.
What is Deep Tissue Sports Massage?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue.
It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, sore shoulders and tight legs
A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot that is painful. It is called a trigger point because it "triggers" a painful response.
But a trigger point is more than a tender nodule. It affects not only the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes "referred pain" in tissues supplied by nerves.
What is Myofascial Release ?
Myofascial Release is a highly specialized stretching technique used by physical therapists and massage Therapist to treat patients with a variety of soft tissue problems.
The pre-workout or pre-game sports massage is usually given to an athlete less than an hour before the actual sports event. Thus it is a short and fast kind of massage. It is intended to stimulate and warm up the major parts of the muscles that will be most stressed during the course of the game. This pre-game massage is very important in preparing the body for the game and it is also very important in helping prevent the athlete from suffering injuries.
The post-workout or pre-game sports massage is given to the athlete no more than 2 hours after training has concluded. It is given to the athlete to help him relax his muscles and relieve the tension that has built up within them. It is also used to relieve any soreness that might have cropped up during the game. The post-game sports massage is very important in calming the muscles and in bringing the tissues, tendons, and ligaments of the body to a relaxed state in a slow and stress free manner.
The maintenance sports massage is given to athletes who are undergoing strength training and over all body conditioning. It helps the body of the athlete cope with the intense work outs and the stressful exercises. It helps in allowing the athlete to work on his training harder and to keep him going longer. It also helps in minimizing the strain that the muscles undergo during training thus allowing more training time for the athlete.
What is Massage for Rehab?
The rehab sports massage is given to athletes that are trying to recuperate from injuries that they have suffered. It helps in relieving some of the pain that the injuries cause. It also helps in nursing the body of the athlete back to full health.
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