Sports Massage

By: Jennifer Lamb Massage  03-Sep-2011
Keywords: Massage, Massage Therapy, Remedial Massage

SPORTS MASSAGE is a type of REMEDIAL MASSAGE that specifically assists in the treatment and prevention of sports- and exercise-related injuries, whilst preparing the body for further activity. Massage prior to sporting activity or exercise may enhance performance and endurance, and minimise risk of injury. Massage following sporting activity or exercise aims to reduce muscle tension, assist in recovery, restore flexibility and increase blood flow and lymph to muscles that have been placed under exertion. Sports Massage utilises deep frictions into the muscle tissue to loosen "knots"; Myofascial Release techniques to lengthen contracted muscle tissue & improve joint mobility; Manual Lymphatic Drainage to reduce swelling and inflammation that may be present within muscle tissue after strenuous exercise; vibration and percussive (brisk tapping and hacking) techniques to loosen muscle tissue without losing muscle activation; and therapist-assisted stretching to increase muscle flexibility. Sports Massage is applicable to athletes as well as anyone who engages in regular exercise.

Keywords: Lymphatic Drainage, Massage, Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release, Remedial Massage, Sports Injury Therapy, Sports Massage

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