Muscle Therapy – Decreasing Post-Exertion Muscle Soreness For Competitive Athletes
Muscle soreness following a vigorous workout, practice or game is sometimes managed by stretching, practicing yoga, soaking in a bath or a SPORTS MASSAGE by our team here at BodyMED.
Massage Therapy is a term that addresses many styles of hands on treatment. A sports massage is more vigorous and goal-oriented when compared to traditional relaxation massages; the aim is to prepare, treat and maintain the muscles. It is geared toward athletes, but anyone who is athletic or fit may also benefit from this. Sports massage can be broken down into 3 main groups:
Pre-Event – Quick, energetic techniques are used to enhance an athlete’s warm-up. Pre-event massages will increase circulation, stimulate the muscles and increase flexibility and range of motion. All of which reduces muscle pain and soreness and preps the athlete for their performance.
Post-event – A more calming technique is used to aid muscles in returning to their natural state. Circulation is increased to aid in elimination of toxins to prevent muscle soreness, fatigue and spasms.
Maintenance – Maintenance massages use different techniques to aid an athlete throughout their training; myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, and PNF stretching all help to keep an athlete in top shape.