- Gym workouts
A chiropractic sports massage is not like a spa massageA chiropractic sports massage is not like a spa massage. There are spa massages for helping individuals unwind and relax. And then there is a massage for healing sore muscles, tendons, ligaments after an intense game, workout, etc. This type of massage helps loosen the muscles/connecting tissues and allows the body to heal a lot quicker. This is done by increasing the blood and nerve circulation around the muscles.
Breaks down scar tissueFor individuals with previous injuries, a sports massage will help break down scar tissue that has developed. This allows for more flexibility and an increase in the muscles’ function.
More than a rubdownThe massage therapist might be an athlete or has extensive training in sports injury therapy. A sports massage is more than just a rubdown. Treatment depends on the individual’s favorite sporting activity/s along with the number and severity of the injury, sprain, or strain. The massage treatment could include:
- Light resistance exercise
- Gentle mobilization
Helps deal with hormonal changesFemale athletes tend to experience more hormonal changes than women that are not athletic. This massage helps improve the way the body deals with the changes and relaxes the mind while stimulating the body to release serotonin. When mind and body are relaxed, sleep improves helping to improve mood.
Helps prevent sorenessIt helps to prevent muscle soreness after intense exercise or an intense game. It can alleviate discomfort and sore muscles. A session after a workout/game can make a significant difference in how the body feels the next day.
Helps remove toxins from the bodyOne of the benefits is that it will flush the lymphatic system, which removes toxins from the body. Toxins build up around the joints when they are stimulated through a massage. This allows the lymphatic system to get rid of the toxins. If the lymphatic system is stimulated during the massage, it will drain the toxins faster. This improves recovery time and helps prevent lymphedema or edema.
A combination of massage techniquesThis type of massage is more than a single type of massage. This is to create the best chiropractic sports massage for the individual. It can consist of a combination of:
What to expectIf new to a chiropractic sports massage there will be a little soreness for up to 48 hours afterward. There might also be a thirsty or weak feeling as the body works to remove toxins and begin the healing process. Taking a hot bath/shower and keeping the body hydrated will help the process.
The difference between a sports and deep tissue massageIf experiencing knots in the muscles, a deep tissue massage could be the best option. This type of massage is designed to untangle knots, tightness, and soreness from a set of muscles caused by overexertion. However, a deep tissue massage could be part of the chiropractic sports massage treatment plan.
Massage timeA chiropractic sports massage can last about an hour, but it could be a short 30-minute session for those that have already gone through the initial treatment and are getting regular therapy. Everyone is different, individuals should discuss which session type works better for them with the massage therapist or chiropractor. Our chiropractor and physical therapy team are highly skilled professionals at addressing the source of pain and using a variety of techniques to help heal the body. A chiropractor can also advise on exercise, stretching programs, and diet to help improve performance and help to prevent further and new injury/s.
Weight loss leveling off is normalEveryone goes through weight loss plateaus. In a review published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers found the individuals tend to level off around the 6-month mark. The trials assessed eight different types of weight-loss programs that included:
- Diet alone
- Diet and exercise
- Exercise alone
- Meal replacement
- Very-low-energy diet
- Weight-loss medication
- Advice alone