Hockey players and massage therapy
Hockey and massage.....
Regular sport massage can help prevent muscle injuries, boost performance and extend the life of your hockey career – but how and why? Stretching – Massage can stretch bundles of muscle fibres lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath of fascia that surrounds the muscle, thus releasing tension.
Increased tissue permeability – Deep massage causes muscle tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids to pass through. This helps remove lactic acid, which helps muscles recover quicker.
Improve tissue elasticity – Hard training can make tissue hard and inelastic. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissue.
Break down scar tissue – Scar tissue can affect muscle tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain. A therapist trained in sports massage will be able to assess the muscle length, pliability and strength of the “hockey muscles” and identify areas that need attention. Keeping muscles operating at their optimal length and strength not only improves performance, but can lead to an injury free season. Remember: Being proactive and including massage as part of your regular training can provide huge benefits when it comes to performance and preventing injury.
Taken from http://www.wsm.ca/files/www/Athletes_Edge/massage_for_hockey.pdf
Did you know that massage is a great way to reduce depression and anxiety? Here are 25 other reasons to get a massage...
1 Relieve stress
2 Boost immunity
3 Reduce anxiety
4 Manage low-back pain
5 Help fibromyalgia pain
6 Reduce muscle tension
7 Enhance exercise performance
8 Relieve tension headaches
9 Sleep better
10 Ease symptoms of depression
11 Improve cardiovascular health
12 Reduce pain of osteoarthritis
13 Decrease stress in cancer patients
14 Improve balance in older adults
15 Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain
16 Temper effects of dementia
17 Promote relaxation
18 Lower blood pressure
19 Decrease symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
20 Help chronic neck pain
21 Lower joint replacement pain
22 Increase range of motion
23 Decrease migraine frequency
24 Improve quality of life in hospice care
25 Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea
Massage is good medicine.