Sports massage does have some aims in common with other forms of massage and it is especially important to have a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology, in particular the muscular and skeletal systems. By understanding these systems and the effects of exercise we may also appreciate how massage may benefit the sports person and becomes an integral part of the athlete's training program.
Athletes who are looking to improve performance and increase their competitive edge do so by adopting a training schedule to enhance their skill, strength, stamina, suppleness and speed. The degree to which they develop and utilise these qualities will depend on other factors such as the level of competition, the sport played, and possibly their position in a team. However, no matter which sport, the aim is nearly always to systematically increase the level of training and thereby subject the body to gradual and controlled overuse.
It is this overuse which may often create problems and imbalances in the soft tissues. If these are ignored and allowed to become chronic, they will not only hinder the athlete's rate of improvement, but also in many cases their performance may well suffer and ultimately the athlete may be susceptible to developing more serious conditions. Certainly if they are unable to perform at their best, they may be more at risk from other more traumatic forms of injury. For example, a player involved in a contact sport who is "carrying" an injury may not have their usual level of agility. The result might be that they might suffer an extrinsic injury because of not being fully prepared for the contact suffered from an unexpected tackle.
Benefits of Sports Massage
Massage, applied skilfully, is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculo-skeletal system. Received regularly this may help athletes prevent injuries, which might otherwise be caused by overuse. A constant build-up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, as well as the muscles themselves.
These muscle imbalances may develop and often go undiagnosed until they are serious enough to cause the athlete discomfort or impede performance. The Gentsroom’s skilled massage therapists will be able to detect variations in the soft tissues and by using the correct techniques, help the sports person maintain a much healthier physical state.
It may therefore be reasonably claimed that one of the greatest benefits of sports massage is in helping prevent injury.
Assisted by a G5 Massage Machine...
- Reduces fatigue to hands, arms and body.
- Offers a wide assortment of applicators for specific procedures
such as fine and gross muscle relaxation, trigger point reduction,
movement of edema fluid, thermal massage, etc.
- Is comfortable for the patient- G5's Directional-Stroking® Technology
combines vibration and percussion to create a powerful yet comfortable
- Is quickly mastered- As an extension of your hand, operating a G5 Massage Machine is intuitive
For years, massage therapists have used G5 Massage Machines as extensions of their hands to deliver consistent, deep penetrating massage therapies. Extraordinary results are achieved with our patented Directional-Stroking system, which combines vertical and parallel forces to produce effective and comfortable percussion, oscillatory massage, deep tissue mobilization, kneading/compression, skin layer resonation and other therapy techniques
Each General Physiotherapy G5 Massager/Percussor incorporates our patented Directional-Stroking action, which has been proven effective in dislodging and mobilizing secretions and metabolic waste by-products. While other products provide vibration therapy alone, or simple up-and-down percussion alone, G5 Masssagers/Percussors provide two force components: one perpendicular to the body's surface, to help loosen and liquify fluids, and the other force parallel with the body's surface, to help mobilize fluids in a selected direction. Effective respiratory care and physical therapy requires that percussion, vibration, and mobilization be accomplished. Equally important, patient compliance is enhanced as a result of our comfortable and safe Directional-Stroking motion.
Assisted by a G5 Massage Machine...
G5 Massage Machines have been used by athletic trainers for more than 45 years. Individual athletes and sports teams throughout the world utilize the deep-muscle massage generated by G5 Massage Machines to achieve peak performance and to minimize injuries.
For the Athletic Trainer, G5 Massage Machines deliver more power...
- To help more players in less time
- To extend skills and abilities
- To provide athletes with the best in sports massage
For the Athlete, G5 Massage Machines deliver more power to help...
- Relieve muscle cramps
- Relax tight muscles
- Increase flexibility
- Mobilize and flush out lactic-acid build-up
Sports Massage is a rapidly-evolving sub-specialty within the overall field of professional massage therapy. It combines classic and specific techniques designed to provide therapeutic impact for the unique physical and biomechanical needs of athletes.
Today’s athletes, both Olympic champions and “weekend warriors,” leave nothing to chance in their attempt to produce faster speeds, lower times, maximum effort and peak performance. More and more of these athletes, at the amateur, college and professional levels, have discovered the benefits of Sports Massage.
G5 Massage Machines are designed to provide the full benefits of Sports Massage. A few of the indications for use include:
- Relieves muscle pains and spasms in muscle contusions, sprains and strains.
- Provides passive exercise to inactive muscles.
- Aids in mobilizing edema fluid in swollen extremities.
- Aids in the prevention of muscle fatigue and stiffness in heavily-exercised muscles.
- Aids in maintaining joint mobility and reduction of periscapular adhesions and joint edema.
- Aids in reducing trigger points.
Contra indications for Sports Massage
There are times when sports massage could be detrimental rather than beneficial to you. The contra indications to massage are:
- A body temperature over 100°F, or feeling unwell.
- Acute Traumas - Open wounds, recent bruising, muscle tears, sprained ligaments, contusions, chilblains, burns.
- Tumours - Where there is swelling, which is inconsistent with recent bruising.
- Diseased blood vessels - Varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis
- Infectious skin disease - Bacterial infection, Lymphangitis, Fungal infection, Viral infections, Herpes
- Where you react adversely to massage treatment
- Where your symptoms appear to make advice from a doctor advisable
- Diabetes - not strictly a contraindication but massage has the same effect as exercise on your blood sugar levels so you need to have appropriate medication available