Improve your game with help from Sports Massage Brisbane.
We provide affordable sports & health massages for injury prevention and treatment management to improve existing physical injuries or stress.
Unlike some therapists, we take the time to customize treatment methods to best suit the needs of your body.
Give yourself the competitive edge by ensuring your body is in peak physical condition.
What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is a systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body that focuses on muscles relevant to a particular sport. Runner Paavo Nurmi, known as the "Flying Finn," was one of the early users of sports massage. Nurmi is said to have used sports massage during the 1924 Olympics in Paris where he won five gold medals.
In the United States, Jack Meagher is thought to be the father of sports massage in the United States. Many different movements and techniques are used in sports massage.
Examples of these techniques include:
• Swedish style massage
• Effleurage (stroking)
• Petrissage (kneading)
• Tapotement (rhythmic striking)
• Trigger Points
These movements and techniques are used to try to help the athlete's body achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning with a decreased chance of injury or pain and a quicker recovery.
What are the Benefits of Sports Massage?
Many benefits from sports massage have been reported based on experience and observation. Some of the benefits are to the mind (psychological) and some are to the body (physiological). Possible side effects of sports massage are tenderness or stiffness for 1 to 2 days after the sports massage. A skin reaction due to the massage oils is also possible.
Some of the reported benefits include:
• Increased blood flow
• Increased joint range of motion (ROM)
• Increased flexibility
• Increased elimination of exercise waste products (lactic acid)
• Increased sense of well-being
• Decreased muscle tension
• Decreased neurological excitability (nerves more relaxed)
• Decreased chance of injury
• Decreased recovery time between workouts
• Decreased muscle spasms