Sports Rehab Therapy
Sports Massage is broken down into different categories; 1) Pre/Post event, 2) Training or Injury Prevention, and 3) Injury Rehab. This modality separates itself from general Swedish or “regular massage” by isolating specific muscles or groups and focusing on them with a more detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
In Pre/Post event massage, the therapist first has the athlete moments before the specific event and provides a fast paced, vibrational massage to increase blood flow and elasticity to the muscles. This may be done all over or focus on the specific area for the event (i.e. legs for a runner, arm and shoulder for a pitcher, or scalp for a Chess Match -JK ). After the event, the athlete receives a slower session comprised of compressions, stretches, and flushing techniques to remove excess metabolic waste from their body. One important item is that the massage does not replace any of the athlete's warm-ups or cool-downs. It is to be done in conjunction with their regular training.
For Training or Injury Prevention, the athlete comes in to the office on regular visits in conjunction with their training to tone and stretch the muscles. Although an athlete may use a small area or groups of muscles for a specific move, it affects the whole body so therefore, the whole body is approached. For example, I massaged a pitcher for a year and he found relief from having his hips worked on. The massage techniques are usually deeper and slower in order to open up the muscle fibers and the material that connects them together, called Fascia. This increases blood flow to the area and allows for increased nutrition, oxygen, and immunity which increases the muscle's strength and elasticity.
For Injury Rehab, the athlete goes through postural assessment to give a reference point; then receives specific treatments based on the area and the current ramifications. I treated a runner for a torn calcaneous tendon and also had to treat the knees, hips and eventually the shoulders due to the limping and the crutches. The amount of sessions is dependant upon the type and extent of injury, your health prior to and during the injury time. For example, if you hurt yourself working out, and continue the same exercises, it would be more difficult to recover. So a training and recovery plan is established to aid in your recuperation.
Also see Somatic Therapy