I’m not a professional athlete, nor do I have any sport-related injuries. Do I need a sports massage? You might be surprised, I’ve tried it, maybe you should too. Do you have a specific injury? A massage may be for you. The area of pain will be the focus, rather than the body in general. For men, it may be easier for them to go for a sports massage, as they may feel it a more masculine term than merely a massage. It can treat a frozen shoulder, pulled hamstring, tender knee.
Having a sports massage allows the athlete to prepare for the next game. These days it is normal to have one as an athlete. The art of massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue. This is to enhance function and promote relaxation and well-being. It became popular in the US in the 1800′s and grew in popularity until the 1930′s and 40′s. When modern medicine came to the forefront, the art of massage therapy became discounted as lesser than. Suddenly, it became popular again in the 1960′s when nurses began to use it to relieve pain in patients. Unusually, in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta it was deemed a core medical service. This gave a new range of remedies to these athletes. This gave more credence to it.
Think this is something new? No, in fact it dates way back in many cultures. It has been documented by the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians. They all used massage therapists for a wide variety of illnesses, aches and pains. Hippocrates even wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. In a wide variety of sports, a massage will be performed on an athlete either pre-game or post-game. This helps the athlete to perform better during training, as well as training longer and have fewer injuries. Injuries sustained during the event can be repaired with a sports massage.
As more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy, this sort of employment is growing. As independent contractors, massage therapists usually they have their own equipment which consists of special massage tables and chairs are used to position clients during massages. A typical commercial massage table has an easily cleaned, heavily padded surface, and a horseshoe-shaped support for the head that allows one to breathe easily while lying face down and can be stationary or portable. This is cleaned between massages, keeping everything very hygienic. An orthopedic pillow or bolster can be used to correct body positioning. Sometimes, mats are used.
Next time you feel the ache or pain of either everyday life or any sports injury, consider massage. You don’t have to be an athlete to go for a sports massage, and if you are, consider one before training next time. See what it can do for you. I just live everyday life, but a sports massage works well for me. Just head on down to the local spa and see what they offer.
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