Train Longer and Stronger
As many professional athletes already know, incorporating massage therapy into your training regimen can help alleviate many of those inevitable aches and pains brought on by increased physical activity. Whether you're playing in a recreational softball league this summer or training for a triathlon, finding the right massage therapist can help you train longer and compete stronger.
Sports massage can have myriad positive benefits, explains Pat Archer, a licensed massage therapist and certified athletic trainer in Seattle, Washington. Your massage therapist may be able to identify areas of tension and soreness and help you address those problems before an injury occurs.
Well-supported structural effects include improved tissue flexibility and muscle relaxation, improved range of motion, reduction of muscle spasms and cramps, as well as the reduction of adhesions and enhanced collagen remodeling.
If you're already working with a physical therapist or athletic trainer, you may want to ask for a “referral” outlining the goals for your massage session. Then, your trainer or physical therapist can help identify specific treatment goals, like "decrease muscle spasms in the right hamstring" or "assess right shoulder for soft tissue restrictions and treat as needed."
Explore AMTA's enhanced Find A Massage Therapist national locator service anytime to find a qualified, AMTA member massage therapist specializing in sports massage near you. Use the new Google map function to easily find the therapist's location.
Participating in an event that's out of town? Looking to book a massage during your summer vacation? Use the locator service to find a qualified massage therapist before you even arrive at your destination.
Source: This article was from excerpted from mtj® (Massage Therapy Journal®) Summer 2011. Subscribe to read the entire article.