Who will benefit from Sports Massage Therapy?
Anyone can benefit from sports massage. You could be an athlete recovering from an injury, a student or an office worker with a routine involving a lot of computer work, causing tension in the neck and back areas. Massage here would relieve the tension in these areas and therefore make working more comfortable.
Sports massage involves the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the body's soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Sports Massage for Tennis
People who play tennis often use their elbows and hands repetitively which can cause them to have an injury termed as ‘tennis elbow’ as the elbow often becomes painful and tender. A sports massage could help to treat tennis elbow as it helps to remove and decrease the pain in the elbow. Sports massage therapy around the elbow will help to make the elbow more flexible strengthen the muscles surrounding the injured area. Often tennis players suffer from calf pain and a sports massage will take away the pain and help to relieve stress in the calf. Tennis players can often experience injuries in the knee if they have fallen while playing and sports massage therapy can assist with pain in the knee. If there are tears in the knee sports massage therapy can help the rehabilitation of the knee and ease the built up tension so that the player is ready to have a good round of tennis.
Sports Massage for Football
The game of football requires it's players to use their feet repetitively performing kicks using their knees and often when the game is played injuries can occur. A sports massage is ideal for a football player because it can remove metabolic waste and lactic acid. Sports massage aims to ease the muscle contractions of injured and strained knees. Sports massage therapy is ideal for footballers who have injuries on their arms and legs from falling as it can relieve the pain from sore arms and reduce the tension which might have built up on the back. A sports massage therapist will also work the back of the neck to relieve any tension that might be present. Rehabilitation techniques are used to repair pulls and tears along with the other soft tissue injuries. When playing football muscles can often be hyper extended, tweaked and pulled and therefore sports massage therapy will help to relieve the pain from pulled or hyper extended ligaments.
Sports Massage for Golfers
Golf may not seem like a sport that necessarily needs sports massage therapy however players of golf experience pain and injuries just like any other sport. Golfers can benefit considerably from sports massage therapy as it eases strained muscles and sore areas of the arms. Golfers can often feel drained and tired from the swinging motion they use in their arms. A sports massage will help to warm up the muscles in the arms and ensure that you will have a pain free play of golf. Sports massage can increase circulation of blood flow and reduce mental stress often associated when playing any sport as it is not just the physical aspect that needs to be addressed.
Sports Massage for Runners
A runner often has to undertake a lot of vigorous training perhaps before an Olympic game or a charity run. Running involves using your legs repetitively and often runners can experience pain in the legs and calf which need some type of therapy to be treated. Sports massage is ideal for runners as it helps to relieve sore muscles and joints in the legs. Sports massage can relieve muscle tension and make the legs more flexible. Light and energising sports massage therapy will alleviate any tension around the muscles. Sports massage can be beneficial to runners as it can aid in the general relaxation of the runner before they commence their run or competition. Running can be done for long periods of time and runners sometimes do not realise how much exercise they have undertaken as running can be done anywhere and anytime as you do not need any special requirements. If feet and ankles are left tired from excessive running be it from training or running to keep fit, sports massage can ease aching ankles and tired legs.
Sports Massage for Rugby Players
Rugby is a vigorous sport and rugby players use their whole body when playing rugby as they have to run, throw and dodge. Sports massage therapy can work to relieve the tension in the body by massaging the neck and back which would have built up tension during the game. Often when playing rugby the legs become sore due to a fall while playing or vigorous movement of the leg. Sports massage can help to alleviate the stresses from a fall and remove the lactic acid build up. Sports massage can also work the knees so that any tears will be aided to improve.
Sports Massage for Cricket Players
Cricketers are constantly running from one side to another or bowling which requires them to be focused both mentally and physically. Injuries can inevitably occur when bowling or catching the ball as the cricketer often has to reach out a certain distance to catch the ball. Sports massage can ease the pain and rehabilitate the affected areas of the arms and legs. Muscle contractions can often occur when playing cricket as the knees can become strained and injured. Sports massage aims to alleviate the pain caused by strained and injured knees ensuring that players are left ready to bounce back and play again.
Sports massage is beneficial to players of cricket as cricket is played as a team effort and a massage before a game of cricket can leave cricketers ready to give their best performance. Sports massage not only caters for the physical ailments of the body but also mentally as its relaxing technique helps players to concentrate and refresh themselves. Sports massage can help to ease the pain of mallet finger which is a finger that bends down at the end joint and cannot be straightened out.
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