SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY

This therapy involves many techniques and timing of the techniques such as:
  • Pre-event - to warm up tissues, increase circulation, and helps reduce excess mental and muscle tension prior to competition. Usually a short massage, 15-30 minutes.
  • Inter/Intra-event - Massage is given between events, also a short massage, between 10-20 minutes.
  • Post-event - Focus is on reducing muscle spasms, pain, and metabolic build up in tissues such as lactic acid. This massage tends to be longer, 60-90 minutes.

Techniques used, but not limited to are:

  • Deep Swedish Massage - Using long, deep, gliding movements, kneading and rolling of tissues, vibration, and tapotement (a gentle tapping of muscle tissues.).
  • Cross Fiber Massage - Stretching and broadening effect on muscles and connective tissues (fascia), across "the grain" of the muscle to reduce adhesions and locate trigger points.
  • Neuromuscular and/or Trigger Point Therapy - combined positioning and specific finger pressure into sensitive/tender areas of muscles and connective tissues to reduce pain, spasms and referred pain patterns.
  • Lymphatic Massage - To stimulate lymphatic drainage pathways to remove built up metabolic wastes and various edemas.
  • Myofascial Release - Slow, deep compression strokes to help release fascia and muscles, to help realign these entities to their proper function and form. Tobe in balance once again.
  • MET'S (Muscle Energy Techniques) - Are used with a patient in order to lengthen shortened muscles, to relieve a muscle from spasm, to improve weakened muscle and ligament strength and to improve range of motion. MET'S are used to guard against muscle and joint injuries.

    Techniques are about "trapping" and then stretching a muscle, and applying 5-10 seconds of gentle "anti-force" to patient while patient gently contracts a particular muscle.
  • ROM (Range of Motion Techniques) - Are used to promote flexibility. This
    consists of gentle stretching in different directions to keep one's joints flexible
    and prevent joint stiffness.

Sports Massage is not just for athletes. It's for anyone who needs the techniques.

 



                                                         

   
   

 

 
     
   
 
   

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