Sports Massage Therapist in Columbia, MD
From weekend warriors to Olympic athletes, sports massage therapy is a beneficial “soft tissue therapy.” It is also a great regimen to include into your balanced training arsenal. Whether you suffer from tennis elbow or shin splints, there is a sports massage to cater to your specific area of weakness, since sports massage targets the muscle-tendon junctions you tend to over-use in whichever sport you partake in.
What Does Sports Massage Therapy Treat?
A sports massage therapist can help you prevent or alleviate these specific ailments:
- Reduce muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise
- Fatigue reduction
- Endurance optimization
- Heightened flexibility
- Reduced likelihood of sports injury
- Reduced inflammation
- Stress alleviation
- Range of motion issues
- Posture and coordination
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Back and neck pain
- Sciatica pain
- Chronic pain from soft tissue injuries
- Improved Tennis Elbow / Golfer's Elbow
- Improved Plantar fasciitis
- Restricted fascia pain
- Posture imbalance pain
- Edema, lymphatic drainage and circulation issues
- A reduction in cortisol levels
- An increase in dopamine and serotonin levels
Which Techniques Do Sports Massage Therapists Use?
Sports massage therapists incorporate many techniques to best help their patients. For example, during a sporting event, a sports therapist may protect their athlete from a sports injury by administering a pre-event massage, an intermediate massage during the athletic event, and a post-event massage warming up the muscles, stretching out the muscles, and ensuring the muscles are spasm-free. They may incorporate the following techniques, depending on the type of ailment they are working on:
- Myofascial release (foam rolling)
- Positional release
- Trigger point therapy
- Rehabilitative stretching procedures
- Relaxation massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Petrissage (kneading)
Who Is Qualified to Do Sports Massage Therapy?
Sports massage therapists are mandated in many states to be certified by organizations like the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Virtually all states require that sports massage therapists be licensed by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Sports massage therapists often gain their associate degree in sports and rehabilitative therapy, sports medicine, or physical therapist assistant. Within their academic studies, they focus on kinesiology, exercise physiology, and rehabilitation procedures. The best sports massage therapists are familiar with pre- and post-sporting event massage techniques, timing of therapy, identification of common sports injuries, and injury response.
You may wish to interview your sports massage therapist to determine if they've been successful in treating the condition you wish to alleviate or cure.
You can request more information about sports massage therapy today by calling (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
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