HelloPhysio offers a new option in rehabilitation and regeneration of musculoskeletal diseases (e.g., lower back pain or tendinopathies of rotator cuff or Achilles tendon)...
What Is Sports Massage?
There is a medical difference between a spa massage and a sports massage. One concentrates on a relaxed experience while the other will assist with the prevention and recovery of a medical diagnosis applying relief to the damaged tissue area for healing.
What Is A Sports Massage?
To answer the question “What is sports massage?” is to define the different massage techniques used to provide a medicinal solution due to injury. These types of massages are not only for athletes. A physically, active individual would benefit as well. Besides providing relief of pain to the injured, a sports massage can be used for creating flexible muscles to avoid serious injury.
Type of Massages and their Benefits
Effleurage – is used to prepare the body for a massage with an oil application to warm up the muscles. This is a light touch with the hand that includes upward strokes assisting the blood flow towards the heart.
Petrissage – using the palms and knuckles in a kneading motion this massage application continues to relax the muscles. Part of the muscle is kneaded in an upward position while the other side is kneaded in a downward motion.
Stripping the Muscle – in this technique, the therapist applies deep pressure using both thumbs to smooth out knots or scar tissue. Deep pressure is applied at the center of the muscle.
Circular Friction Massage – the therapist’s thumb is used to apply a circular motion to break apart adhesions or scar tissue.
Trigger Point Massage – although this technique can be painful its ultimate goal is to remove sensitivity and lumps at the point of injury with deep pressure and motion of the therapist’s thumbs.
Common Injuries that Can Benefit from A Medical Massage
Ankle sprain – This occurs when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or overstretched.
Calf strain – This tear of a muscle located in the lower, back area of the leg.
Achilles tendonitis – An inflammation of the tendon that connects the lower calf to the heel of your foot. Common occurrences in runners who do not warm up properly to strengthen this region before physical activity.
Jumper’s knee – Is a tear or overuse of the tendon connecting the kneecap to the shin bone.
Hamstring strain – The hamstring is a muscle in the back of your leg connected to your knee. This strain occurs from injury or overuse.
Tennis elbow – Is the overuse thus strain of the muscles surrounding the elbow area.
To provide professional and conclusive results a person providing any type of sports massage must acquire massage training.
OTHER RECENT ARTICLES
HelloPhysio offers a new option in rehabilitation and regeneration of musculoskeletal diseases (e.g., lower back pain or tendinopathies of rotator cuff or Achilles tendon) through Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Therapy (EMTT®) by MAGNETOLITH®. HelloPhysio...
Working from Home (WFH) can be arduous on your body, especially after sitting in a horrible chair all day long. Watch the video below to find out more about why running is good for you; dispelling the myth about why running is NOT bad for your knees and back; and,...
Here’s your chance to make your fast even faster with New Balance’s FuelCell Prism just launched at the beginning of this month. And at HelloPhysio, we have your exclusive chance to win a pair of these unrivalled, speed-seeking running shoes to help you crush your...
In these WFH times you may have noticed that your feet and lower legs are much more swollen at the end of the day than they were in "normal" times. That's because your schedule is different, and so are the demands on your body. WFH means that many of us are...
A physiotherapist’s greatest and most important tool is their hands. With expertly-trained hands, practitioners can perform effective manual therapy applying and combining different techniques. However, improving the results of every treatment by coupling manual...