Though originally designed to help athletes perform at optimum levels during games, sports massage is growing in popularity as an effective treatment for sports, exercise or daily life related injuries or limited range of motion. Sports massage focuses on a client’s trouble spots, like shoulder soreness after eighteen holes of golf, or a tender hamstring just before a big race. Sports massage therapists understand sport-related injuries, and can help minimize pain, speed recovery and help clients perform their best at their favorite activities with full range of motion.
There are four variations of sports massage and choosing the right one is based on the client’s current level of comfort and fitness goals:
● Swedish Massage targets the muscles that will be used during the upcoming event, boosting circulation and revving up energy levels with brisk massage techniques that invigorate.
● Deep Tissue Massage helps you to wind down after intense physical exertion, targets muscle soreness and helps to normalize body tissues and prevent muscle stiffness.
● Rehabilitative Massage is aimed at treating injuries/limitations and speeding up recovery time. Targeted at a specific trouble spot, rehabilitative sports massage may help increase circulation, balance, stability, mobility and protect range of motion.
● Cryotherapy can help with muscle pain, as well as some joint and muscle disorders, such as arthritis. It may also promote faster healing of athletic injuries.
For anyone participating in regular physical activity, sports massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen.