Sports Massage therapy is also known as manual therapy, manipulative therapy, or manual & manipulative therapy, this is a hands on passive physical treatment primarily used on the neuromusculoskeletal system to treat pain, disability and improve function. It most commonly includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization and joint manipulation.
Sports massage therapy techniques were originally developed to help athletes condition their bodies for peak performance, recover post game and improve functional ability during game or sport play. Sports massage therapy emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons, as well as addressing any injuries that occur during sport activities.
You don’t have to be and athlete to benefit from sports massage therapy. Sports massage is also good for anybody suffering from chronic overuse injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion.
A short, stimulating massage therapy treatment of light flushing techniques 15 – 45 minutes before the event. It is focused on the areas of the body that will be involved in during the physical activity.
A massage therapy treatment performed within an hour or two of the sporting event, to normalize the body’s tissues. Focusing on the muscles of the body that are tense or fatigued. after the sporting activity.
A massage therapy performed during training focusing on the muscles groups strained during activity, this allows the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
Is a massage therapy treatment aimed at alleviating pain due to an injury received as a result of training or the actual sport. The goal of these treatments are returning the body to optimal health.
A sports massage therapy treatment is an appropriate choice for any individual with a specific problem. For example a tender knee from running, a sore forearm after a round of golf, a separated shoulder from throwing a football or baseball, perhaps a pulled hamstring after a soccer match. The massage therapist generally focuses in on the problem area, addressing the tenderness of your forearm and elbow after a tennis match rather than giving you a full body massage.