Therapeutic Massage For Athletes. Athletes
are always searching for an edge to help them
train more effectively and shake off injuries
Athletes push themselves to the limit with
speed, endurance, and strength and many are
reaching world records. They know the body has
limits but push themselves as hard as they can
without the body breaking down.
There is a growing awareness that
therapeutic massage can help athletes avoid
serious injury and faster recovery time.
Coaches and trainers are using massage therapy
as a part of their extensive training and
preparation to play the sport.
Doctors are prescribing therapeutic massage
as a complimentary way of treating injuries and
illness. Documents show therapeutic not only
feels good, it also reduces blood pressure,
heart rate, and improves circulation. It is
also used to reduce pain, reduce muscle tension
and improves range of motion in some
Therapeutic massage used with routine
physical training, a healthy diet, and getting
the proper rest will help an athlete with the
strength and endurance for their sport. There
are several techniques used in sports massage
therapies. Because each sport uses a different
set of muscles and in a different way, several
techniques may be used.
An athlete may be given a deep Swedish
massage that specifically targets a set of
muscles. An athlete may receive a compression
massage. This is a rhythmic compression of
specific muscles to create a softening effect
on the muscles.
This is generally used for a warm-up or for
work on a specific muscle group. Cross-fiber
massage is often used to reduce adhesions and
improve flexibility and muscle repair after an
injury. This is a friction technique and
creates a stretching and broadening effect in
large muscle group sets.
Trigger Point/Tender Point massage uses
finger and thumb pressure at specific pressure
points to reduce pain and erase muscle spasms.
This will promote the easing of restricted
movements in the body. Lymphatic massage is
used to increase the circulation of the
Athletic coaches and trainers believe that
sports therapeutic massage can improve sports
performance by reducing the chances of
It includes stretching and training for the
event and using deep tissue massage. It can
also improve range of motion in some muscles
and improve muscle flexibility.
This improves performance and shortens the
time needed to recover between
Therapeutic massage is thought to increase
the bodys own supply of nutrients that
increases blood flow and helps increase the
metabolic rate and expel the by-products
piled up in the body.
Sports enthusiasts and physical fitness
buffs find therapeutic massage improves
performance, improves circulation, and
shortens recover time after an accident.
Theraputic Massage Terms and
help to improve weakened
muscles. We are effectively
manipulating the muscles into
working in a way that is
unusual to them and this can
strengthen the muscles.
If it can work for athletes, it can work
for you. Leg cramps can be relieved with a
gentle massage, and sore muscles eased
after an active physical workout.
The treatment used by the earliest
population can help you today. Gentle
rubbing and probing sensitive areas and
muscles can do plenty in helping you
achieve your maximum performance level.