Sports massage uses strokes and touches that are familiar to other forms of massage. Unlike other forms of massage, however, it is designed to focus on the muscles used for a particular sport.
Many athletes, including some of my clients, incorporate sports massage into their training routine because it allows them to train harder while lowering the risk of injury.
Massaging the iliotibial band, which in addition to relieving running pain can also help relieve sciatica and pelvic pain.
After years of minor sports injuries I began to notice a loss of flexibility and motion, which affected my quality of life. Doctors offered evasive exploratory surgery with no assurance, and Diane offered massage therapy as an alternative. The effects have been overwhelming, as I am well on my way to regaining both my flexibility and range of motion. This was the right decision and my only regret is that I did not make it years earlier. Diane put together a great program and has helped me achieve my goals. I recommend Diane to anyone who has considered massage therapy in an effort to improve their quality of life.
– Kent Goff
There are four types of sports massage, each with a slightly different goal:
- Pre-event: A short massage that stimulates those muscles that will be exerted during the competition
- Post-event: A massage delivered immediately after the event to normalize the body’s tissues.
- Restorative: Happens while the athelete is training, allowing him or her to train harder with a lower injury risk.
- Rehabilitative: Alleviates pain due to injury.