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Sports Massage Therapy
Sports Massage Therapy is a massage technique that manipulates soft tissue to ease pain, reduce tension, improve muscle growth, and expand range of motion. For athletes, a sports massage can help reduce recovery time and keep your training plans on track. For individuals suffering from musculoskeletal disorders or injuries, a sports massage can be part of a physiotherapy treatment, by helping to stretch muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues, and improve blood flow to reduce pain, prevent injuries, and aid post-injury rehabilitation.
What is Sports Massage Therapy?
In brief, a sports massage is a type of massage that consists of the manual manipulation of muscles to aid in growth, recovery, and injury prevention for people regularly engaged in physical activity or intense exercise. By manipulating soft tissue, Sports Massage Therapy can address muscle symmetry, tone, balance, and range of motion through a diverse set of techniques.
The amazing benefits of Sports Massage Therapy are manifold. Whether you’re an athlete or non-athlete, a session with a trained therapist can increase your range of motion, reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, prevent injuries, enhance sports performance, or simply relax the body.
At HelloPhysio, our physiotherapists and professional sports massage practitioners utilize a diverse range of massage techniques, making our clinic the ideal choice to treat injuries or to maintain overall muscle, joint and connective tissue health.
Our skilled massage therapists will analyze your symptoms and effectively cater a specific solution unique to your body, first by locating the root cause of your injury or tension, and then treating its impact on the rest of the body.
Benefits of Sports Massage Therapy
The benefits of Sports Massage Therapy include pain relief, injury prevention, and improved performance post-injury. It aids in loosening and lengthening tight, shortened muscles. Therapy also prevents delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and improves blood flow. A massage session can enhance the threshold for muscle fatigue and even balance the mood fluctuations caused by endorphin release. By enhancing muscle function, balance, tone, symmetry, and range of motion, both professional and recreational athletes can return to peak performance and get back on the track as a recreational runner, triathlete, or professional sports athlete.
Types of Sports Massage Therapy Techniques
Many athletes come to HelloPhysio for therapy sessions before an athletic event, following a race or competition, as part of their ongoing training as maintenance. Our specialized sports massage therapists use three main techniques: effleurage, petrissage, and friction. Effleurage uses soothing strokes to enhance circulation and stimulate the nerves. Petrissage kneads and stretches muscles while reducing tension. Friction massages break down scar tissue by separating muscle fibres.
A pre-event massage typically is performed on the day of physical activity and is used to warm up and stimulate muscles, preparing them for activity by increasing blood flow and targeting the relevant muscles to the event.
A post-event massage occurs immediately after the physical activity or competition to reduce lactic-acid buildup and muscle tension, which will then limit soreness by increasing blood circulation to muscles. Through compressive effleurage, a therapist will target and calm the nervous system, or reduce muscle tension through petrissage.
If you’re a seasoned athlete that consistently trains for marathons, triathlons, or ultras, a sports massage session balances training with recovery and decreases potential risk of injury. As part of an athlete’s training regimen, Sports Massage Therapy elevates blood flow and nutrient uptake to muscles and enhances the full range of motion and flexibility. Rehabilitative sports massages can also be used to further improve recovery time and ease pain by targeting inflammation and breaking down scar tissue. It can also address muscle flexibility and lower an athlete’s probability of reinjuring problem areas.
Sports Massage Therapy can be a standalone session or a part of your ongoing physiotherapy treatment plan.
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HelloPhysio paves the way with both traditional techniques and the latest technologies to reduce pain, re-establish movement patterns, and activate muscles so that you can return to your daily life.
Physiotherapy treatment plans with complementary therapies are different for each client and are customized to fit an individual’s needs, injuries, and lifestyle. Physiotherapy treatments from HelloPhysio may be eligible for claims through your health insurance provider.
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