Sports Massage is an effective technique used to decrease muscle tension, reduce fatigue, alleviate swelling, promote flexibility and prepare the body for performance by restoring a balance to the musculoskeletal system. It is invaluable to an athletes preparation and recovery as well as helping prevent injury. Many athletes use it regularly as an integral part of their training regime. But this doesnt mean it is exclusively for the elite as it benefits everyone regardless of whether youre an athlete or not.
Are techniques a therapist uses for stiff or painful spinal or peripheral joints, by applying gentle coaxing movements within the limits of the joints range of motion. This may help to ease the problem as well as having a positive effect on the surrounding tissues.
- Interferential therapy
- Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Are sometimes used on specific areas of the body to aid the healing process and increase circulation. This can help to alleviate pain and promote the formation of new soft tissue as part of the repair process.
This is the coloured therapeutic tape that everyone is talking about at the moment. Although not new, it has been around for over 30 years. Its popularity has increased dramatically since athletes were seen wearing it at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. While it looks like conventional athletic tape it essentially works in a different way, allowing a free range of movement by improving muscle function, joint mobilisation and decreasing pain. This allows the bodys muscular system to heal itself bio-mechanically.
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