Focus on Performance and Rehabilitation
Sports massage therapy is geared towards athletes requiring aid to prepare their bodies for events, recovery from events, and general prevention and treatment of injuries. Sports massage therapy treats injuries and provides preventative treatment to optimize the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance, balance of muscle and posture.
Common conditions treated include shoulder injuries, tennis and golfer's elbow, hand and wrist pain, overuse injuries and stress fractures, muscle tears, tendon and ligament sprains, knee, ankle and foot injuries.
Sports massage therapy can be applied in four general situations, however only inter-event massage is performed in the clinic itself...
- Pre-event sports massage - this type of massage is performed by a massage therapist AT THE EVENT, and is applied for only a short period of time to prepare the athlete for the event and optimize performance.
- Intra-event sports massage - intra-event sports massage is performed between events or components of an event, again, AT THE EVENT. This type of massage helps the athlete to recover from the prior event and to prepare for the next event.
- Post-event sports massage - post-event massage therapy helps athletes recover from training and competition, and is best performed immediately following an event once the athlete has cooled down. This type of massage therapy helps to reduce muscle tension, pain and inflammation.
- Inter-event sports massage - Also known as "training massage", this type of massage therapy aims to prevent the development of chronic injuries and facilitates the healing of current injuries.