Is Sports Therapy and Neuromuscular Re-Education the right massage for you?
It is if you are an athlete who is suffering from stiff joints and muscles. Sports therapy is a perfect match for individuals who play sports, run, bike or swim as an injury prevention program. Sports massage also plays a vital role for performance enhancement. And if, your past injuries have you suffering from inflammation, scar tissue or muscle adhesion’s; sports massage therapy is an effective tool for breaking these up.
Sports therapy combined with PNF stretching will enhance posture, body awareness and movement functions. Muscle energy techniques will also be used to treat those individuals with muscle pain and stiffness as well as those, who have suffered some sort of muscular injury. Movement re-education is generally intended to regain a sense of freedom, ease and lightness in the body for increase flexibility and performance.
Benefits of Sports re-education massage
Each person has a subtle, complex and unconscious perception of his or her own body. When you have pain and decreased range of motion, you adapt, your body image to fit that dysfunctional limitation by avoiding certain movement. When an area is injured, whether it’s muscle, connective tissue, fascia, tendon or some combination of these elements the body handles this trauma the only way it knows how, with inflammation. This is your natural body’s response to injury, the formation of inflammation is to immobilize the injured area. Your body does this as a way to protect itself.
The problem with this inflammation is it must be treated properly or adhesion’s will occur, this limits both strength and range of motion. The result is decreased performance due to limited R.O.M. in that injured limb or joint. And if you have a joint that is not stabilizing properly due to injury, you will lose mobility in another area/joint as your body tries to compensate.
Massage Techniques Used:
- Myofascial Release
- PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) stretching
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Muscle stripping
- Cross-fiber friction