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Sports Injury and Massage
What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Oakworks Boiance Face Rest Pillow
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July 2014

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Sports Injury and Massage

Lisa J. Rutherford
Registered Massage Therapist

Lisa J. Rutherford RMTPrevention is the best medicine. A routine of exercise, stretching, ample amounts of water intake and a healthy diet is a great start to keeping your muscles in the best condition for your sports activities. Add massage to this list (of preventative injury) and you will have even more success. Massage as a whole promotes a better awareness of your body. When your massage therapist is working on your body and you can feel those tight muscles being worked on, this will help you to know which muscles you can target to prevent injury. Perhaps you have tight hamstrings, the muscles at the back of your thigh. Massage can help loosen those tight muscles and your therapist can provide you safe stretches you can do at home to help improve the health of those shortened muscles.

When is a good time to stretch? When isn't a good time to stretch? If you run, play soccer, hockey, baseball, weight training etc., you are warming up your muscles as you use them. It isn't safe to stretch a cold muscle. There are a couple of ‘ideal’ times to stretch the muscles you worked so they don't shorten when they cool down. One is right after you finish playing your sport and the second is right after your bath or shower - this is a time where your muscle is warmed up without any effort to you. Both are good ways to start a habitual stretch.

If it is too late for preventative measures and you have an injury, massage can help speed up the healing process. Massage increases blood circulation and brings fresh blood to the injured area, helps loosen tight muscles and lengthen shortened muscles. Scar tissue can be broken down and realigned to help prevent further injury. All massage therapists keep client notes from your visit. During multiple visits, the notes can help you track your progress, such as an increase in range of motion, decrease in pain or a reduction in swelling.

If you are waiting for surgery and live with pain day in and day out, massage can help decrease the severity of your pain. Endorphins are released during massage which aid in reducing the level of pain perceived. As well, the relaxation aspect of massage gives you an overall sense of well-being. When you have an injury, other muscles are also affected. For example, perhaps you are putting weight only on your right leg, or use of a cane or a crutch leaves you with changed posture. Another factor is intense pain. When you are in such pain all your muscles tend to tighten up in response to that pain. A focused treatment can help minimize the discomfort in your compensating muscles.

Some injuries that massage can be a great benefit include:

  • tendonitis
  • sprains
  • strains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • dislocation and subluxation (bones or joints out of position)
  • jumpers knee, tracking disorders of the knee
  • shin splints
  • use of crutches and or walking device
Whether you have been injured, or would like to prevent injury, massage therapy is a great way to increase the health of your muscles.

 

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What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Dara Komor, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Dara Komor RMTMuscle illness, injury and prolonged immobility can cause muscle and the muscle-encasing facia to become stiff, hardened or stuck to adjacent structures causing pain and impaired muscle function. These stressed and damaged muscle can block nutrients and oxygen from being released and taken up by surrounding muscles resulting in inflammation and buildup of toxin.

Deep tissue massage is a technique that involves strong pressure exerted by the therapist in order to penetrate to these deep muscles and facia. The benefits of this technique are multiple. Deep tissue massage can break up scar tissue from older injuries. This form of massage releases the build up of toxin associated with pain, stress and inflamation. With the release of toxin, blood and oxygen can be released throughout the body. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that deep tissue massage reduces stress hormone levels, decreases heart rate and boosts mood by releasing oxytoxcin and serotonin.

What should you expect when receiving a deep tissue massage? The therapist typically uses knuckles, fists, elbows and forearms when applying pressure to muscle groups. The pace tends to be slower than that of other massage techniques so the therapist can obtain a sense of problem areas and subsequently apply careful and sensitive pressure to achieve a comfortable and lasting muscle release. Deep tissue massage, however, may cause temporary or delayed-onset of soreness and tenderness because of the release of toxins like lactic acid. Patients are expected to properly hydrate before and after a massage to flush out these toxins. Stretching before and after a massage will also help reduce soreness and speed recovery and muscle function. Furthermore, a good way to recover is to soak in a warm bath with epsom salts - a salt that draws out the toxins and promotes muscle recovery. Icing persistent painful areas is also recommended.

 

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