Sports massage is a very specialized technique for the athletic client and often specific for that person in their sport. The massage is often tailored to meet the needs of the client via deep tissue massage and combined with stretching techniques as well. The therapist determines what muscle groups need addressed related to the particular sport, while combined with related described areas of soreness, tightness or pain. This technique would benefit active clients who want to help relieve pain due to muscular strain or a specific injury.
How Can Sports Massage Be Beneficial?
Sports massage therapy can be beneficial for both prevention of injury as well as possible treatment of current injuries. Prevention of injury in sports is essential for a successful season and to allow the athlete to continue participating. Sports massage therapy will help the athlete decrease tightness in the muscles that may result in strains. It is also helpful for improved circulation, immune function, and lymphatic functioning.
If you have experienced an injury it is always recommended to consult your Medical Doctor first to determine a plan and receive a diagnosis of your condition. With that, sports massage therapy is often a great technique for recovery of an injury related to muscular conditions. Some examples of these injuries are tennis elbow, calf strains, knee pain related to tendon or muscular tightness and more.
Consider sports massage therapy for the athlete as well as the “weekend warrior.” The benefits will be appreciated for all the reasons above, and who knows? You may even find yourself as the massage therapist to the professional athlete you’ve been watching on TV!
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