If you are active or embarking upon a fitness regime, then it is inevitable that at some point you will suffer from aches and pains and maybe injury. An appropriate, well conceived and implemented programme can minimise the risks.
Sports massages are a specialised form of massage therapy that focuses on treating athletes and individuals involved in intense physical activities. These massages are designed to enhance performance, prevent injuries, and aid in the recovery process by targeting specific muscles and soft tissues to alleviate tension and promote relaxation.
Some of the reported benefits of massage are:
If you get injured it is of utmost importance that you get a formal diagnosis from a qualified practitioner. Once you have that diagnosis this is where I can help.
Injuries are wide-ranging. From the seemingly innocuous such as bruising, slight muscle pulls, aches and pains to the more serious such as torn muscles, serious ligament damage, cartilage tears and fractures. All need careful management though.
When you are injured you may have to stop training completely. At the very least you will have to modify what you do. A common mistake is to cease training until the injured area stops hurting, then dive straight back in, trying to carry on working out in the same way you did pre-injury. This is a sure-fire way to re-injure yourself and possibly worse than before.
Depending on the type and seriousness of the injury, injuries can take weeks, maybe months of rehab work. This can be a very frustrating time for the individual concerned. I understanding this perfectly well having had many injuries in the past myself, such as a rotator-cuff (shoulder) injury, torn hamstrings, ruptured cruciate ligaments, torn cartilage etc.
From the injured individuals stand-point, hard work, discipline and patience is key. It can be very difficult for an athlete to come to terms with the requirements of rehabilitation. It would be a bit like asking a Michelin star chef to cook nothing but beans on toast for months on end.
However a proper rehabilitation programme is vital in order to get you back training and competing as soon as possible.