Sooth Injuries with Sports Massage
Sports Massage is an essential component of any comprehensive physiotherapy plan. It helps with serious injuries, strains and conditioning. It allows you to lie back and let a qualified physiotherapist examine your physical condition to determine the specific spots needing treatment and what massage techniques to use. Don’t let the word ‘massage’ fool you however. A sports massage is a rigorous, occasionally painful (but effective) treatment method that will root out the problem causing you pain. This massage is certainly not one that focuses on your relaxation! What it will do however is rejuvenate your body and get it raring to go again.
Sports massage is for all levels of sportspeople from complete amateurs to top level professionals. That means if you are a typical gym enthusiast or an amateur or pro marathon runner, a truly skilled, thorough sports massage will do wonders for your longevity and overall performance. Ultimately you will recover stronger than before. Whether it’s a recent injury, a recurring long term issue or if it’s a pre-emptive effort to prevent future injury, the methods and techniques that go into a skilled, professional sports massage will rehabilitate any sportsperson and their related injury. So whether you have sustained an injury on the field, in the gym or after any other form of exercise, look to sports massage for the solution.
Sports injuries should always be tackled positively which is exactly what sports massage is all about. It is also an opportunity to be taught by a skilled, experienced physiotherapist the optimum strategies for quicker and reliable recovery and performance. Many physiotherapists will also compile and provide a focused rehabilitation programme which leaves you resilient whilst supporting you in attaining peak performance. You won’t be pampered during a sports massage but you will feel the benefits. Whilst it can be quite uncomfortable at first, any patient will soon adapt to it and welcome the prospect of it in the future. Many sports massages will begin with a postural assessment which will look at the overall posture of the patient’s busy to identify any conspicuous needs. After this, the real treatment will begin.
With any sports massage it works deep in the muscles by realigning the muscle fibres and connective tissue as well as flushing away any toxins. Just some of the many benefits to be gleaned from regular treatment is increased joint mobility and flexibility as well as a reduced risk of injury during and after exercise. There are a range of injuries that can be effectively treated with sports massage:
It is knee pain which accounts for the overwhelming majority of all sports injuries including torn ligaments and runner’s knee to name a few. Runner’s Knee can also be known as patellofemoral pain syndrome. The repeated stress of running can cause irritation where the kneecap (patella) rests on the thighbone. The resulting pain can be sharp and sudden or dull and chronic, and it may disappear while you’re running, only to return again afterward.
Shoulder injuries can include dislocations, sprains & strains, and are especially common in racket sports such as tennis and squash but can be seen in any sport that involves overhead movements such as swimming, weightlifting and basketball. These problems are generally related to rotator cuff, which can become overused or loosen and have an impact on the stability of the shoulder.
Shin splints are one of the most common running injuries with pain felt mostly down the middle of your shin or just the inner side of your shin. It can often be the result of a new exercise routine or lots of vigorous activity. Poor running mechanics are often responsible for this injury which can aggravate the inflamed tissue of the lower leg.
Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
Even if you’ve never played a set of tennis or a round of golf, you can still suffer from these elbow injuries. Both are overuse injuries caused by any activity that requires repetitive motion of the arm and wrist. The difference between the two conditions lies in where the elbow is painful.
This tendon can be found at the back of the ankle and if overused, inflammation and pain can occur. This injury is very common among athletes, especially these who participate in sports that involve running or jumping.
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