Sports Massage Questions and Answers
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The word ‘massage’ is synonymous with ‘relaxation,’ and for good reason. But that is not all massage therapy offers, in fact, both sports and deep tissue massages focus on restoring form and function to the body. Sports massages are also aimed to help athletes and physically active people recover from an injury, both acute and chronic, as well as overuse injuries. Sports massage specialists are specially trained in treating the musculoskeletal system and can help patients recover from injuries more efficiently and effectively.
What does a sports massage consist of?
A sports massage will likely consist of the following:
Questions About Physical Concerns or Problems — Before the massage, massage therapists may ask about the patient’s symptoms and physical activities in which they participate.
A Focused Treatment Area — Unlike stress-relief massages that cover the entire body, a sports massage is focused on the problem areas and the corresponding trigger points.
Multiple Massage Methods — The treatment will likely involve a variety of massage techniques and pressure levels to achieve the desired relief. As always, it is important to communicate clearly with the massage therapist about any pain or discomfort.
Muscle Tenderness — A sports massage is a focused treatment that can involve stretching tight areas or stimulating trigger points. As these tender areas are addressed, it is common to feel a little sore the day after a sports massage.
What is the difference between sports and deep tissue massage?
Although both sports and deep tissue massages address areas of concern, they differ in method and approach. In general, deep tissue massages can be used for reducing stress, relieving muscle tension, reducing muscle stiffness, alleviating trigger points (muscle knots), and increasing circulation. Rather than focusing on a specific area of the body, deep tissue massages are often administered as a full body massage.
A sports massage, on the other hand, is a targeted massage approach that focuses on specific areas of concern on the body that are in need of relief or restoration. A sports massage would be better suited to someone who engages in regular physical activity, such as an athlete. Sports massages can help to relieve pain in muscles and joints as well as reduce swelling for injuries brought on by repetitive movements, such as swinging a tennis racket or throwing a ball. Sports massages can also be used by athletes to condition their body, aid in recovery and prevent injuries from occurring in the future.
What is the purpose of a sports massage?
The main purpose of a sports massage is to help alleviate the stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissues during repeated or sustained physical activities. Sports massages also help to increase energy levels, relieve swelling, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility, prevent injuries and condition the body for peak performance. Sports massage can help prevent injuries that hinder performance.
When should you get a sports massage?
Sports massages have a wealth of physical health benefits, including:
- Pain reduction
- Better focus
- Reduced inflammation
- Injury prevention
- Improved athletic performance
Will your body hurt after a sports massage?
It is normal to feel sore after a sports massage due to the focus on treating injured or damaged areas. Pain may occur due to the stimulation of muscles that are usually not used. This is known as delayed onset muscle soreness and is a physical response to the inflammation as the body heals. If you or someone you love actively participates in sports or other physical activities, come to REPAIR Sports Institute for a sports massage. We can help you recover from muscle soreness and soft tissue injuries more effectively. Call us today at (714) 377-4314 to book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 7146 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. We serve patients from Huntington Beach CA, Seal Beach CA, Newport Beach CA, Costa Mesa CA, Westminster CA, Garden Grove CA, Fountain Valley CA, Long Beach CA, Irvine CA, Santa Ana CA and Anaheim, CA. Looking forward to serve you!