Roman physician, surgeon, and philosopher Claudius Galen (AD 129 - 200) is widely recognized as the developer of an early therapeutic massage regiment (in the second century, mind you!) that would be comparable to what is now commonly referred to as a Sports Massage. Sports Massage is important for every level of athlete from cross-country runners to power lifters to football players. Before an event, sports massage allows for the player to loosen their muscles and after an event it allows the player to relax the muscles to decrease the chance of sports related stress injuries. Sports massage is also a key element in preventing injuries and also helping athletes recover more quickly from injuries. Using Sports Massage properly will help athletes maintain and even improve upon their conditioning. Three main types of massage are integrated in a therapeutic Sports Massage to maximize the health and/or repair benefits of it.
Effleurage is a Swedish technique that literally translates to "touch lightly." Unlike many other massage techniques, effleurage can be modified to work over large or small parts of the body. During the beginning and end of Sports Massage, Superficial Effleurage is used in order to soothe the body. After the beginning superficial effleurage, Deep Effleurage is used to apply more pressure to stretch and warm up the muscle tissue in order to prepare it for deeper massage.
Petrissage is the next step in providing a proper Sports Massage. Petrissage goes deeper in order to stimulate the underlying tissue where massage is applied while also increasing the amount of blood supplied to the area. Petrissage integrates a kneading technique that concentrates on only one muscle or small group of muscles at a time. Other common applications of Petrissage include skin rolling and picking up and squeezing the skin. Using these methods of Petrissage allows the therapist to work on individual muscles the guest is having trouble with during their Sports Massage.
Frictions are often performed for players who are injured or are about to undergo incredibly strenuous activities where injury is likely. By influencing cell behavior in soft cell tissues, friction massage helps to relieve pain from affected muscles by deeply penetrating them with several different fingertip movements. In more serious sports injuries, the frictions portion of sports massage is applied in order to help reduce scar tissue in parts of the body where build up is likely to occur. Because this type of sports massage is mostly used for those who are injured, it is important to keep in mind that integrating this technique into the Sports Massage may be painful at first, but will indeed prove to be beneficial in the long run.
Therapeutic massage is historically one of the oldest forms of physical therapy. In a world so full of changing medical practices and beliefs, the basic art of massage has remained mostly unchanged. Sports massage is incredibly important for athletes in order to maintain their prime performance condition. Like with any other treatment or physical therapy, one must make sure they seek out a certified massage therapist in order to be certain they are receiving the best and proper care. Not using a professional risks injury or further injury and puts ones athletic career or participation in jeopardy. LEARN MORE about Massage Benefits and Pain Management and Injury Rehabilitation with therapeutic massage from LaVida Massage
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