When people think of “sports massage” they think of athletes. What many people don’t know is that as sports massage therapists, we think of everyday life as a sport! Whether you’re a sponsored athlete or a stay-at-home mom, we ALL face physical, mental and emotional challenges throughout our day. As sports massage therapists, we are trained to deal with all of the aches, pains, injuries and stress that relate to life in general and then some! We like to work together with orthopedic doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, personal trainers, ect. in order for you to live a pain-free life!
There are a lot of different therapies that we practice. We specialize in injury rehabilitation, injury prevention, pre-event massage, post-event massage and just general body maintenance. The techniques can range from non-invasive counterstains, post nureo-muscular facilitation and joint mobilization to deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy. We combine Swedish techniques such as effleurage and petrissage to help make it a relaxing experience as well. We address the body as a whole and also make recommendations, such as stretches and proper diet, to assist in the total well- being of the client.
Common Conditions to Benefit from a Sports Massage
There are many physical conditions that we commonly treat on a daily basis: Sciatic pain, arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve pain, thoracic outlet syndrome, plantar fasciitis, IT band syndrome, cramping, lordosis, kyphosis, piriformis pain, tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, sinus pressure, headaches, neck stiffness, edema, swelling, migraines, back pain and general muscle stiffness. Through sports massage therapy, we also deal with releasing emotional and psychological stress that can actually be contained within the muscles. Research has shown that massage helps people deal with depression, anxiety, addiction, and stress. It creates a sense of healing and well- being by assisting the body in healing itself. Massage is being used more and more as a complimentary therapy for these conditions. New research has also shown that massage has decreased the side effects of chemo therapy in individuals going through cancer treatment.
In closing, sports massage therapists have the ability to compliment everyone’s lifestyle. We aim to educate the public on benefits of incorporating sports massage into your normal maintenance routine.