Core Wellness Centre offers sports massage therapy with RMT, Physiotherapy, Cold Laser Therapy (LLLT) and chiropractic care.
The techniques of massage therapy for athletes can promote healing, improve circulation and encourage a greater sense of well-being to enhance the performance of athletes with the importance of physiotherapy for rehabilitation in Toronto.
Sports massage therapy is a specialized form of massage that can help sports teams and athletes find relief from sports-related injuries and muscle aches.
This type of massage often combines Swedish techniques with sports-specific forms of manipulation. The primary goal of sports massage therapy is to optimize recovery during training and competitions, allowing athletes to perform at their highest levels.
The skilled sports massage therapist will assess muscle tension, imbalances, restricted movement, and potential areas of injury while providing relaxation to the athlete.
How Sports Massage Therapy Helps to Sped up Healing from Injuries
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While keeping the individual’s performance goals in mind, sports massage therapy can speed the process of healing sports injuries while helping restore flexibility and range of motion.
Ultimately, it is an effective way for athletes to maintain peak physical condition before, during, and after practice, training sessions, or sports events.
Acute-stretching is used by massage therapists to assist the patient with resistance and releasing tense or tight muscles in the back, legs, feet, and/or hands. For an example, the massage therapist may have the client and/or patient lay on their stomach, while the massage therapist bends each leg one at a time, increasing the bend with each deep breath the client and/or patients gives.
This helps stretch both the front and back thigh muscles and can also help the knees as well. If you try this on your own, you may not get the full potential your muscles need because you are using gravity forces and perhaps not breathing the way you should be. If gravity isn’t working against you and your breathing and the therapist gives you instructions to do so, it can help in relaxing the muscles better.
Sports Massage Therapy – Deep Tissue Massage
The next technique is called the deep tissue massage. With this technique the massage therapist may use little to no lotion at all, because when using any type of lotion or oil on the skin it is hard to sink fingers into the muscle to loosen the knots. When done correctly it should not hurt. This technique is done slowly with deep breathing from both the massage therapist and the patient. This is a great technique to use for those muscles that just have a hard time relaxing and it can be used on the back, legs, arms, feet, and even on the hands.
Swedish Massage for Sports Massage Therapy
The final technique is the Swedish Massage. This technique is great if you would prefer more of a relaxing massage, without the deep muscle work, because it feels lighter and can feel great after an intense work out.
These techniques can be very therapeutic and should not be painful. As a patient you must find a therapist that you feel comfortable with, enabling you to relax and breath without feeling anxiety and nervous. Remember to drink plenty of water after your session.
The difference between Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage is that Swedish massage can improve Blood circulation and relax superficial muscles. Deep tissue massage focuses on connective tissue, and the goal is to produce changes in movement and posture.
Call our office today on 416 479 – 8311 to discuss having an assessment for your pain or injury and what steps to take to get you back to great health!