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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 physiotherapist and professional sports massage therapist 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 sports massage therapist 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 in Singapore 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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Sports Massage FAQs
How does Sports Massage Therapy differ from regular massages?
Sports massages are performed by trained therapists who have experience working with athletes or people involved in regular, strenuous physical activity. Sports massages differ from other types of therapeutic massages because they focus on specific areas of the body and treat problems related to muscles and joints caused by overuse, injury, or strenuous exercise. The main goal is to increase blood flow through targeted pressure applied to problem areas. Some common conditions treated with sports massages include muscle tightness, tension headaches, fatigue, joint pain/stiffness, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow and post-workout soreness.
I don’t do sports, but can a sports massage still be beneficial?
A sports massage is a type of therapeutic massage therapy that focuses on the soft tissue of the body and is not only beneficial to athletes. Massage therapy has been practiced for centuries and works in conjunction with the body’s natural healing process. To release muscle tension or knots that have built up over time, a sports massage therapist will use techniques such as friction, pressure, or stretching. According to studies, this not only helps increase range of motion but also reduces pain levels. This means that even if you don’t engage in any type of physical activity, you could benefit from a therapeutic massage.
Will a sports massage help my injury?
Sports massages work by reducing stress and increasing range of motion in the affected area. There are numerous advantages to Sports Massage Therapy, including increased joint range of motion, decreased muscle tension and spasms, and improved blood circulation, which aid in the healing of damaged tissue or muscles following an injury. Sports massage can be used to treat the symptoms of any injury, whether it’s a back injury, neck pain, or shoulder strain. Sports massage aids in the recovery of injuries by increasing the flow of blood and lymph fluid. It can also help with the pain associated with spasms and cramps, which are common among athletes.
How does a sports massage help with lactic acid build up?
It’s a myth that lactic acid gives our muscles that “burning” sensation when we work out too vigorously or too long from exercise. Research has shown that lactate is continuously being formed even when our muscles have plenty of oxygen, can be used as a source of energy, and is a byproduct needed for strength training. Lactic acid actually acts as a buffer to slow down fatigue by absorbing hydrogen ions that are released for muscle contraction when adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is broken down. A sports massage helps to flush out hydrogen ions that accumulate during the catabolic reaction process.
Can I get a sports massage before a big race?
Sports Massage Therapy is an excellent way to relax and prepare for a big race event! Getting a sports massage 3 to 5 days before a big race can help you feel at-ease and prepared. Many athletes visit our clinic for sessions prior to a sporting event. We provide both pre-race and post-race sessions in order to meet the needs of all of our clients. All of our therapists have received specialized training in how to treat injured runners as well as other types of professional athletes such as cyclists and triathletes.
Why is this important that all sports massage therapists at HelloPhysio are athletes?
We feel it’s important to mention this because we understand an athlete’s physical demands and how to assist them in recovering from injury or getting back on their feet quickly. If you’re looking for Sports Massage Therapy, then you’ve come to the right place.
Are there any times when I should not get a sports massage?
Many people enjoy sports massage for its many benefits, but it can be dangerous in some cases. Individuals who have bleeding disorders or low platelet counts should exercise extra caution because their body’s pain receptors may not allow them to tell if the pressure is too much until after treatment has been completed. In addition, those who have cancer or open wounds should seek the advice of our practitioners before a Sports Massage Therapy session. It is important for people with these conditions to inform their therapist, so they can provide proper treatment.