What is a Sports Massage?
Different to a regular massage you might receive at a day spa or resort, a sports massage prepares the body to perform to its full potential and recover quickly from injuries and strains. Muscle, joint and tendon injuries are common in athletes and it’s important to prevent and heal these as quickly as possible to ensure that safe physical activity can be continued.
Sports massages are used before and after physical activities or events and to rehabilitate after injuries have occurred. Focus can be placed on a specific area that might be suffering from pain as well as full body massages that prepare the body to perform at its best.
What Happens in a Sports Massage?
A sports massage is a form of Swedish massage that stimulates better circulation and lymph fluids while working out knots in the muscles. Afterwards you’ll notice an improved range of motion and a feeling of rejuvenation throughout your body.
There are three main types of massage given either before or after an event.
- Pre-Event Sports Massage - a stimulating massage before the start of an event that focuses on the parts of the body that will be used. A pre-event sports massage will increase blood flow and improve function and performance during physical activity and exercise.
- Post-Event Sports Massage - given after an event to relax and repair the body after exertion, improving the ability to heal and normalising function. Post-event sports massages keep the body in top form, preventing injuries and strain before they’re felt.
- Restorative Sports Massage - after injuries have been sustained, restorative sports massage can help correct the body and improve the healing process. Alleviating pain and allowing physical activity to resume as normal is important and is what this application of the massage allows.
When Do I Need a Sports Massage?
Those who lead a healthy, active lifestyle can suffer just like athletes after exercise, preventing them from continued physical performance, causing pain and reducing mobility. If you’re suffering from an athletic injury, come into Velca Health Centre and let us identify the problem, correct your injury and free you from pain.
Strengthening and relaxation through massage is key to helping the body heal from sports related injuries. Those that go untreated become susceptible to the risk of reinjury, and may even experience long term damage. Don’t continue to suffer and don’t ‘grin and bear’ the pain – the side effects can be extremely unpleasant. At Velca, we use sports massage as just part of our unique Velca Method of correction and pain relief.
Correct – Relax – Strengthen
At Velca, we approach pain with a three-step method that aims to correct, relax and strengthen the body – supporting good health and providing permanent solutions rather than temporary fixes. Through a mix of chiropractic and massage therapies alongside a strong focus on strength and fitness training, you’ll find that the Velca Method is by far the most effective to ease suffering and inspire healthy living.
Chiropractic - Through chiropractic care, we aim to correct spinal dysfunction, bad posture and habits that lead to pain. The chiropractic services we offer are the first step to identifying problems, alleviating suffering and breaking free from pain.
Massage Therapy – Helping you to relax, loosen the muscles and find relief, massage therapy is our second step that improves circulation and works pain out of the body. Relaxing is a key part of eliminating pain while it paves the way to improve your overall health and well being.
Personal strength and fitness training - Fortifying the body through personal fitness and better health, our fitness programs are tailored to you to help strengthen the body and prevent pain from returning. We want to enable you to break free from pain to live a healthier, more enjoyable life.
Visit the Velca Health Centre in Howick for a holistic approach to your well being. We don’t just offer chiropractic or massage services, we work to better your life in every aspect by improving your health and preventing pain from returning. Break free from pain – call us today to find relief through massage therapy, chiropractic care, physiotherapy, nutrition, personal training, and a positive focus on fitness and health.