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SPORTS & REMEDIAL MASSAGE BENEFITS

BRIEF HISTORY

 

Recorded in writing as far back as 2000 B.C., massage was a part of many ancient cultures including Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, Hindus, Japanese, and Romans, which was considered a form of medicinal practice. The Greek physician Hippocrates (460–377 B.C.) used rubbing as a treatment for muscle stiffness and physicians Celsus (25 B.C.–A.D. 50) and Galen (A.D. 129–199) wrote extensively on the medicinal and therapeutic value of massage and related techniques such as anointing (pouring aromatic oils over a body), bathing, and exercise.

WHY MASSAGE?

 

Sports and remedial massage (SRM) has become an integral part of professional, scholastic and recreational athletics, with many individuals and teams investing into massage therapy to enhance injury recovery and minimise overuse aches and pains. Massage therapy has become in high demand before and after running events, swimming events, among other athletic events as well inside the treatment room. Plus, in our current stressful pandemic period, soothing, stress relieving massage therapy may be just what the doctor ordered, and may even prolong a persons lifespan.
 

PRIMARY BENEFITS

 

SRM is a welcome addition in the sports medical community and is a common prehabilitation and rehabilitation component for athletes and non-athletes. The health and wellbeing benefits of SRM extend to all stages of life from infants to senior citizens, which can include:​

  • Enhances circulation

  • Stimulates or calms the mind and body

  • Facilitates weight gain in pre-term infants - vagal stimulation facilitates release of insulin)

  • Enhances attentiveness

  • Reduces levels of stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms

  • Alleviates pain - disperses edema or swelling following an injury to ligaments and tendons, reduces pain and tissue damage, and helps facilitate movement

  • Improves sleep quality

  • Boosts immune function - increases activity level of the body's natural "killer cells," boosting the immune system

Craig Dalton Massage Therapy Christchurch
Craig Dalton Massage Therapy Christchurch
Craig Dalton Massage Therapy Christchurch
Craig Dalton Massage Therapy Christchurch

PHYSICAL MAINTENANCE

 

SRM is not only effective for sports and fitness programs but, in conjunction with regular exercise, can promote flexibility and recovery between workouts and games, improve range of motion and circulation, reduce muscle tension and mental stress, and in some cases, stimulate healing of both minor and/ or chronic joint and muscle pain.

The effectiveness of SRM in cases of physical injuries such as tendinitis, muscle strains and ligament sprains have also been utilised to aid healing. The more intense manual therapy techniques may be uncomfortable initially, especially around an injured area, but the pain gradually lessens as massage triggers the healing process by breaking up scar tissue and bringing fresh blood and nutrients to injured tissue.