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Sports Massage if a form of manual therapy, which is the manipulation of the bodies soft tissues. You do not need to be a sports performer or athlete to benefit from Sports Massage, as the benefits can help relieve day to day aches and pains, repetitive strain injuries, sprains/strains, tension and fatigue that everyone experiences.
Sport massage can be beneficial at various stages of injury prevention and recovery or participation in sport, most commonly recommended: during conditioning/training phases, pre competition, post competition and post travel.
Cupping is supposed to draw fluid into the area; the discolouration is due to broken blood vessels just beneath the skin, much like a bruise. Suction from cupping draws fluid into the treated area. This suction force expands and breaks open tiny blood vessels (capillaries) under the skin. Your body treats the cupping area like an injury. It sends more blood to the area to stimulate the natural healing process. Some people theorize that cupping clears the pores and releases toxins.
Most of the back is comprised of muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons. Injuries to these soft tissues play a significant role in the pain and dysfunction associated with back problems. While it may not sound like a serious injury, a simple back muscle strain or torn ligament in the back can cause excruciating pain and difficulty with movement.
The Graston Technique offers several potential advantages to the patient with such an injury:
Decreasing overall treatment time
Fostering faster rehabilitation/recovery
Reducing the need for anti-inflammatory medication
Resolving chronic conditions thought to be permanent
The treatment may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments.
Used by Team GB and many other nations in the Olympic Games and a number of professional sports teams including: Harlequins RFC, England Netball, West Ham United FC and Surrey CCC. Kinesiology taping is a treatment that can help improve kinaesthetic awareness of posture and alignment. The tape is designed to support muscles and joints, and also support lymph flow and blood circulation.
Trigger-point dry needling is an invasive procedure where a fine needle or acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin and muscle. It is aimed at myofascial trigger points which are hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band. Trigger point dry needling can be carried out at superficial or deep tissue level.