Sports Massage – Essential for Any Fitness Routine

September 20, 2010

Sports massage is an essential part of the fitness routine for any sportsman or woman.  This special form of massage therapy may be used before, during, and after sporting events.  Athletes who receive regular sports massages suffer from fewer injuries and enjoy better overall health.

Types of Sports Massage

Each individual athlete uses different muscle groups and therefore has a unique set of needs when it comes to massage therapy.  Sports massage therapists like John James and Evelyn Davis are familiar with each muscle and how they are affected by specific movements and stresses of each sport.  Whether you are a football player, dancer, or swimmer; John James has the experience necessary to treat you effectively.

A maintenance program is recommended for the athlete who wants to improve his range of motion and muscle flexibility, as well as reach his optimal performance level.  Your massage sessions will help your body recover from previous injuries and prevent future ones from occurring. John or Evelyn will come to understand you and the needs of your body through these regular routine therapy treatments.

Event massage is another area of treatment that may include pre-event, inter-event, and/or post-event massage.  A brief 10 to 15 minute sports massage before and during an athletic event boosts your body’s circulation, warms up the muscles about to be used, and reduces mental tension – ensuring your best performance.  Seeing your sports therapist right after an event will reduce the risk of muscle spasms and help your tissues normalize and begin to repair themselves.

Even with proper preventative maintenance, muscles may cramp, bruise, and ache after strenuous activity.  Sports massage will speed healing and reduce discomfort during your rehabilitation process.  Whether you have an acute injury or have suffer from chronic pain, John James and Evelyn Davis use a variety of special techniques to facilitate your recovery.

Benefits of Sports Massage

When you visit a skilled massage therapist like John James, you will enjoy a number of lasting benefits.  Sports massage is the most effective way to release muscle tension, restore balance to your musculoskeletal system, and extend the life of your sporting career.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduction of blood pressure
  • Relief for swollen joints
  • Improved blood circulation and lymph flow
  • Release of painful muscle and fascia tension
  • Improved muscle elasticity
  • Breakdown of scar tissue (which, left untreated, results in inflexible tissues prone to pain)
  • Relaxation of mind and body
  • Reduction of anxiety and stress
  • Improved quality of sleep

For athletes who compete on a regular basic, sports massage is key to maintaining a healthy body.  John James will pay special attention your trouble areas, monitor them and keep them in good condition.  Because you will experience a better quality of sleep thanks to your massage treatments, you will be more mentally alert for physical challenges.  You will enjoy physical, psychological, and physiological benefits; allowing you to achieve better levels of performance.  Whatever your goals are, John James Massage Plano Texas can help you reach them.

by Alaina Coyle

Sports Massage Therapy Benefits Swimmers Pre and Post Event

May 21, 2010

Evelyn Davis Licensed Massage Therapist

Evelyn Davis Licensed Massage Therapist

Sports massage therapy for swimmers has both physical and psychological benefits. Serious competitors and recreational swimmers alike can improve their swimming performance with sports massage therapy designed specifically for the issues swimmers face.

Swim athletes worldwide now view regular massage as a necessary part of their training regimen. Sports massage therapy increases blood flow which reduces soreness and speeds recovery. Certain sports massage techniques, properly applied,  increase the range of motion of injured muscles and further accelerate the healing process. With a shorter time required for full recovery you can increase workouts and adapt your body to a higher level of physical stress.

For swimmers’ sports massages we prefer a combination of trigger point massage, myofascial release and Swedish massage methods aimed at the muscle groups and movements that swimmers use in order to swim fast.

swimmer sports massage therapy

Trigger point release of the infraspinatus muscle.

Most swimmers generally get tight in the areas underneath and behind the shoulder blades, with lots of tender trigger points. Swedish massage movements are best here to relieve the general tension in the muscles while the patient is lying on their side. Trigger points are released with careful pressure as they arise. In particular in swimmers, the infraspinatus muscle (see photo) often triggers and refers pain to the front of the shoulder, limiting the internal rotation which is needed for a good “catch”.

Another area of significant range-of-motion concern for swimmers is the myofascia located below the shoulder at the side and extending the length of the latissimus dorsai down to the lower back. Tightness in this long muscle and fascia group is a significant impediment for swimmers. For this area we use a myofascial release technique which stretches the muscle and fascia in a very targeted way.

Swimmers all seem to generate trigger points on the back between the spine and

top of shoulder trigger point release

Top of shoulder trigger point.

shoulder blade as well as on top of the shoulder closely adjacent to the neck. We find that relieving these irritations significantly improves relaxation, posture, and breathing.

Here are some thoughts about how massage could be incorporated into your swimming regimen:

Pre-swim meet: Use a sports massage to aid in warming up your muscles before training or an event. A sports massage can help stretch the muscles as well as stimulating blood flow and relaxation. By having the muscles well stretched and relaxed it can help prevent sports injuries. Massages can provide benefits even if performed up to two days before an event.  And it’ll relax you – a competitive edge!

Post-swim meet: Utilize a sports massage after the sporting event to help in muscle recovery. A post-event sports massage can also aid in reducing muscle spasm and soreness. Post-event massages are short and direct lasting usually only 30 minutes. The post-event focuses on the muscles used specifically for the sport. After striving hard a massage will increase your blood circulation to speed the removal of fatigue toxins, relieve your muscle spasms and prevent soreness.

Fine-tuning: For regular fine-tuning a massage will search out and relieve areas of bio-mechanical stress in your muscles before they become problems, enabling you to train harder and more consistently.

Injury Rehabilitation: Massage will speed healing of your injuries, increase your range of motion, and reduce scar tissue thus allowing your muscles to expand and contract fully. With less time spent recovering you’ll be training at your peak levels more often and become more competitive.

John James Massage Plano is a sponsor of the City Of Plano Swimmers (COPS)  and provides complimentary massage services to COPS members at their regular swim meets.

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