Massage, applied skillfully, is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculo-skeletal system. These muscle imbalances may develop and often go undiagnosed until they are serious enough to cause the athlete discomfort or impede performance. The skilled massage therapist will be able to detect variations in the soft tissues and by using the correct techniques, help the sports person maintain a much healthier physical state.
1. Benefits of sports massage.
(1)May help athletes prevent injuries, which might otherwise be caused by overuse.
(2) Reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, muscle tension.
(3) Increases blood circulation and lymph flow.
(4)Improves flexibility, and relieves pain.
2. When is the wrong time to have sports massage?
(1)A body temperature over 100°F, or feeling unwell
(2) Open wounds, recent bruising, muscle tears, sprained ligaments, contusions, chilblains, burns
(3)Tumours – Where there is swelling, which is inconsistent with recent bruising
(4)Diseased blood vessels – Varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis
(5)Cancer, Melanoma, Haemophilia
(6)Infectious skin disease – Bacterial infection, Fungal infection, Viral infections, Herpes
(7)Where you react adversely to massage treatment
3.Types of Techniques
Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used. The technique often involves a blend of traditional Swedish and Shiatsu specifically designed to treat professional athletes. Each type of sport has different demands on the players. Each sport uses muscle groups in a different way. Sports massage is designed to address those specific concerns and may differ according to the sport the athlete plays.
4.Choose a right massage table
Since the massage table is for athletes, when choosing a massage table,you shall pay more attention to the weight and height of the athletes,and if the massage table is comfortable enough to lie on. Also,if the massage table is convenient to carry with,if it can be set up in somewhere not so flat.Healthlinemassage offer you many more choices.