Like deep tissue massage, sport massage is not a wellness treatment but a controlled manipulation of soft tissue to encourage the muscle to regain their strength and performance by correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma.
Sports massage is a scientific understanding of how the body functions and dysfunctions, creating a very versatile method of treatment with wide-ranging benefits.
The aim of the treatment is to reduce stiffness, relieve pain and tension, muscle trauma and dysfunction and to combat overuse injuries such as repetitive strain injuries (RSI) by using specific massage techniques and trigger point work.
Most notably athletes and those who exercise strenuous physical activity have different needs regarding a massage. The application of sports massage prior to and after the event/activity may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
The sport dictates the area which is to be treated. The aim is to get the athlete fit for the next physical activity and to diminish the limiting factors in order to reduce the risk of injury and to improve performance.
Similar to the deep tissue massage the deeper layers of muscles are being treated, especially the areas which already are affected by adhesions and stiffness can be painful at first but subside with further treatments.
Neurophysiological advanced methods are used during the treatment such as:
PNF (Propreoceptive neuromuscular facilitation), NMT (Neuromuscluar Technique), STR (Soft Tissue Release), MET (Muscle Energy Technique), Trigger Points as well as Electrotherapy, Ice and Thermotherapy.
Despite the effectiveness of a deep tissue massage, it is not a cure-all. To maintain good health and posture regular muscle stretches especially after physical activity or invariable or constant stress e.g. work on a computer should be included into your daily life. In addition specific strengthening of the back muscles should be performed to avoid premature fatigue of your postural muscles relieving the spine and correcting your posture.
Athletes in particular have to strengthen weak and elongated muscles and stretch tight and short muscles to activate full muscle alignment regain full muscle strength and relief during competition.
In addition to the treatment of injuries a pre-season check on athletes is advisable to identify, treat and strengthen any weak areas before injuries occur, and also conduct regular check-ups to maintain optimum performance.
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