Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.
Massage therapy benefits people of all ages. While it benefits the injured, the ill and the stressed, the strength of massage therapy in preventing illness and conditions before they develop cannot be overlooked. Massage therapy can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of conditions.
Sports massages are designed to release muscle tension and restore balance to the musculo-skeletal. The benefits can be immense, and include physical, physiological and psychological improvements. In sports massage the practitioner will assess the presenting disorder and the correct treatment required for effective relief of symptoms and to help control the cause.
Using various techniques the therapist will then manage the tissue disorders. This will help improve circulation to the area, creating greater nourishment to the muscles and also stimulate the lymphatic and venous disposal of waste created by activity which can then improve the recovery period.
As with many treatments affecting the soft tissue, there are times when massage therapy can cause some light discomfort but it is not harmful. Discomfort usually diminishes and no technique of this nature is used without the therapist first discussing it with the client and obtaining your permission. A comfort scale will be established and the therapist will work to the client’s tolerance level. The client can stop or change the treatment at any time and the Massage therapist will modify their techniques to meet their client’s needs.
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A massage based on the theme of relaxation would generally follow the lines of long, gentle movements to warm up the skin and muscles to start with. Then moving on to applying more pressure as the muscle becomes accustomed to the pressure. From there, the practitioner would generally follow the route of addressing any areas of tension or tightness in the muscles and applying pressure to the area to help the muscle relax. For more specific problems or sport specific issues, the individual would be assessed regarding their wants and what would be considered best by both you and the practitioner.
Your goals drive my sports massage treatments. I will give an initial screening for any new complaint and decide if you need to be referred to someone else before starting any treatment. Sometimes sports massage isn’t the right course of action.
The only time you shouldn’t go is if you are in your first trimester of Pregnancy, there are specific therapists who are trained in pregnancy massage but sports massage is not recommended during the first three months.
This all depends on the demands you put on your body and how your body reacts to those demands. Most elite athletes get at least one massage per week. For most amateur athletes who still take their sport and training seriously or regular gym-goers, once a week to once a fortnight is recommended. For most people who do regular light exercise once every two, three or four weeks is usually sufficient.
The ancient Chinese therapeutic method of cupping is a very simple technique which involves the use of small cups to create suction. This therapy provides many benefits including relieving pain, fatigue, migraines and increasing blood flow.
Cupping is thought to help with disorders where improved circulation can restore balance to the body, or where muscles are inflamed. It is used to treat various health issues that include:
Note: Cupping is not recommended for women who are pregnant or menstruating.
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