The night before or the day after your marathon, tennis match, hockey or golf match is the time to get a Body Care Therapy Massage.
Hockey injuries can really knock you down. Body checks, tripping, pushing for that extra speed can over extend your bodies abilty to heal quickly.
There are certain types of injuries that we associate with hockey players. Groin, low back and abdominal/core injuries make up a large portion of hockey injuries that sport massage therapists treat. The majority of these injuries are a result of either weak, or shortened muscles in the core area.
Hockey is a sport that is played approximately 80% of the time on one leg. While skating you get the majority of your power from one leg and then the other. The lead leg is supporting all of your weight, while the other leg extends out and back, pushing you forward. If that lead leg cannot hold your body weight for an extended period of time, your stride becomes shorter and you wil skate slower. If your hip flexors or hip extensors are tight, you won't get full extension or leg lift which will also affect your skating stride, length and power. Massage can improve performance on the ice.
A good stretching massage can stretch bundles of muscle fibres lengthwise as well as sideways. This can also stretch the sheath of fascia that surrounds the muscle, thus releasing tension. A deep muscle massage causes the muscle's tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids to pass through. This will help remove lactic acid, which lets your muscles recover quicker.
Running injuries are an unfortunate, but all too common, occurrence.
All runners can benefit from massage therapy, but it's especially useful for marathoners and runners covering many miles in a week. Not only are their bodies subjected to a greater amount of stress, but also high-mileage runners tend to have an intense commitment to their training schedules–and don't deviate from them. Some runners plow through runs and ignore aches and pains, and that can create problems down the road.
Running it is a high impact activity. Most runners live with on-going aches & pains in your feet, legs & upper & lower back. These injuries occur through repetitive movement & build over time. Knee pain , hamstring pulls or shin splints can really throw you off your stride
If you run, you need to keep your muscles flexible and your body reasonably pain free so you to push yourself to the limit.
Golfers most commonly experience soreness around the head and neck (sprains as a result of tightening up and hitting too hard) and in between the shoulder blades due to. Your hands, forearms, and rotator cuff muscles are usually tense, contracted, or inflamed from gripping and swinging the club.
Most golfers complain about lower back pain. The lower back or lumbar area is the fulcrum of your swing. The leverage in your swing is a function of this pivot point. This is used repetitively throughout the day on every swing. If a golfer continues to play with a sore back, they risk further injuries to surrounding muscle groups. This can result in chronic pain cycles, which interfere with their enjoyment of the game. How can golfers help prevent injury from their favorite sport? With sports massage!
Sweeping and the delivery position which requires sustained knee and low back flexion affecting the knee, back and shoulder. These are the aches and pains experienced by curling participants. Knee complaints are most common due to the deep flexion and the weight-bearing over your sliding foot. Low back and shoulder injuries are due usually to sweeping and/or lifting your rock during delivery.
Skiiers commonly experience soreness around the head and neck (sprains as a result of tightening up and hitting too hard) and in between the shoulder blades due to. Your hands, forearms, and rotator cuff muscles are usually tense, contracted, or inflamed from repeated landings or high G turns on the slope.
Most skiiers complain about lower back pain. The lower back or lumbar area is the fulcrum of your downhill attack pivot point.
Football requires strength, speed, cardiovascular endurance, agility and the stamina to continuously get hit with high impact collisions. Because of the size and speed of the players engaged in this type of football, large demands are placed on the joints in your body.
Rigorous excercise maks tissue hard and inelastic. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissue. Scar tissue can also affect muscle tendons and ligaments leading to inflexible tissues that are easily prone to injury and pain.
If you are a football player, Sports Massage can become a part of your mental preparation in addition to treating and helping to prevent injuries.
Sports Massage benefits football players by helping them to prepare themselves for competition.
During your massage you can relax relax and visualize success on the field. Decreased stress can equate to better mental focus on the field.
The potential for sprains & strains during a soccer game is common due to quick stop-start motions, pivoting and lateral movements and physical contact, including tackling, being tackled and collisions.
Soccer injuries can occur from a sudden blow to the body part. The most affected areas are the head, ankles and knees. Sports massage for soccer players searches out the biomechanical stresses in your muscles, relieves them from stress and tension before they become a problem, enabling you to play harder and longer.
Biking forces the body to constantly lean your weight forward. Efficient for riding, but this position places tremendous stress on the lower back, neck, shoulders, elbows and wrists. Pedaling and maintaining a hunched cycling posture can cause muscle imbalances to develop. When executing repetition of a single movement, even a small deviation from correct form can result in a degree of tissue damage.
If you cycle regularaly, sports massage therapy can improve joint flexibility leaving you pain-free, relaxed and road ready.
Tennis is a challenging sport for the body when you consider the amount of running players have to do. Add in the forceful, repetitive motions that players' bodies must endure in order to master serves, volleys, forehands and backhands, and you have a sport that places a lot of stress on muscles, joints and ligaments.
Players experience repeated stresses thru their neck & shoulders & forearms which can create chronic pain & tightness.
The most common injuries associated with tennis are rotator cuff tendinitis, tennis elbow, wrist strains, back pain,knee pain and ankle sprains.
Curling places high physical demands on you. Knee complaints are most common due to the deep flexion and the weight-bearing over your sliding foot. Low back and shoulder injuries are due usually to sweeping and/or lifting your rock during delivery.
Maintaining muscle flexibility and range is essential to avoiding chronic pain which can lead to a season ending injury.