St Paul Minnesota Chiropractor | Prevent Sports Injuries
Many athletes, amateur and professional, are sidelined with injuries that could be avoided. Others sit it out on the bench because their injury does not respond to ordinary treatment. Still others are playing, at less than 100%, simply because their structural system is not balanced.
Sports people place stresses on their body by frequent training & competitions. Rest days, stretching, good diet & hydration will help the body recover but sometimes more is needed. Message Therapy will aid blood circulation removing waste products from tired muscles & will stretch out muscles that have become tight from repeated use.
All athletes look for an edge that can help them train more effectively, perform better or overcome injuries quickly. Massage can be a very important part of an athletes’ regimen.
Sports Massage can provide an athlete with several performance advantages.
Regular Sports Massage Can Aide Athletic Performance
- Reduce the chance of sports injury, through proper stretching and event preparation, and through deep tissue massage
- Improve range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and performance
- Shorten recovery time between workout
- Maximize the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow
- Enhance elimination of metabolic by-products of exercise
The growing awareness and use of sports massage therapy, a valuable addition to other manual therapies and treatments, has become a key component of the high performance mix, as much a part of an athlete’s critical discipline as a carefully monitored diet.
What is Therapeutic Massage?
Therapeutic massage increasingly is being prescribed by physicians to complement traditional medical treatment for illness, injury and pain as a growing body of research documents its efficacy. Massage doesn’t just feel good. It reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, reduces muscle tension/spasm, improves range of motion, and helps relieve pain, enhancing medical treatment.
Therapeutic massage involves manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body. It soothes and calms, and aids in stress reduction; and it may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness. Researchers have measured the body’s biochemical levels after massage therapy and found a dramatic decrease in the levels of cortisol, norepinephrine and dopamine.
Research also has measured changes in levels of endorphins and serotonin after sports massage, which may reduce pain and contribute to reduced levels of delayed onset muscle soreness.
Of course, you don’t have to be an Olympian to benefit from chiropractic care. Each year, 20 million Americans go to the chiropractor, 90 percent of them seeking treatment for musculoskeletal problems like back pain, neck pain, headaches and other joint and muscle pains.
Make chiropractic care part of your sports training regiment!