SPORTS MASSAGE: INJURY + RECOVERY

Did you know that Orthopedic massage is an elite form of Sports massage? Orthopedic and Integrated therapies can help by going deeper into the issues of posture and muscle activity to optimize performance, prevent injury, recover from injury and feel better long term!

SPORTS MEAN INJURIES

The very nature of sports means that the athlete's body will undergo rigorous activity during training and competition. Muscles, tendons, joints and bones will be taxed, sometimes to their limit. Inevitably, injuries will occur. These injuries will range in severity from those that cause mild discomfort to those that hinder an athlete's ability to compete. Injuries will occur despite preventative efforts. Sport injuries bay be a result of accidents, poor training practices, the use of improper equipment, lack of conditioning of insufficient warm-up.

Sports injuries typically involve damage to the musculoskeletal system, although traumatic injury to the organ system can occur, too. Injuries occur when there is a force great enough to disrupt the internal structures of the body, causing damage or destruction to that tissue.

Traditional classification describes injures as either:

  • acute - a sudden injury that occurs when playing sport or exercising, or
  • chronic - injuries that develop slowly and last a long time

Most sports injuries, however, can be better described by mechanism of injury - either trauma or overuse:

  • traumatic injuries - a physical injury produced by an external or internal force
  • overuse injuries - a result of repetitive activities or a result of recurrent traumatic injuries

MUSCLE STRAINS

If a muscle is overstretched by tension or forced to contract against too much resistance, the resulting stretch, tear or rip of the fibers of the muscle or it's tendon is known as a muscle strain. Muscle strains are typically a result of dynamic overload, wherein the involved muscle contracts eccentrically while the antagonist force attempts to lengthen the muscle. Muscle strains most commonly occur at the musculotendinous junction of a muscle.

There are three grades of muscle strains:

  • Grade 1: Some fibers stretched with few torn; palpable tenderness; full active range of motion is possible, but may be painful
  • Grade 2: a number of fibers torn with a palpable depression in the muscle belly or tendon; active contraction, strength and range of motion are limited and painful
  • Grade 3: a complete rupture at the musculotendinous portion of the belly or at the tendinous attachment to the bone; deformity, loss of function, including strength and range of motion; intense pain that diminishes because of nerve fiber separation

MUSCLE OVEREXERTION and CONTRACTION INJURIES

Muscle cramps, muscle spasms, muscle guarding and muscle soreness are other forms of muscle injuries that are defined as:

  • muscle cramps - the involuntary contraction of a voluntary muscle
  • muscle spasmsa reflex reaction caused by trauma
  • muscle guarding - a muscle contraction in response to pain and injury in an area as an attempt to splint or self-protect the involved area
  • muscle soreness - pain caused by overexertion in exercise, typically caused by an activity to which the person is unaccustomed

There are two types of muscle soreness acute-onset muscle soreness and exercise-induced muscle soreness, also know as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Acute-onset muscle soreness is typically accompanied by fatigue. Exercise-induced muscle soreness usually appears 12

Did you know that Orthopedic massage is an elite form of Sports massage? Orthopedic and Integrated therapies can help by going deeper into the issues of posture and muscle activity to optimize performance, prevent injury, recover from injury and feel better long term!

SPORTS MEAN INJURIES

The very nature of sports means that the athlete's body will undergo rigorous activity during training and competition. Muscles, tendons, joints and bones will be taxed, sometimes to their limit. Inevitably, injuries will occur. These injuries will range in severity from those that cause mild discomfort to those that hinder an athlete's ability to compete. Injuries will occur despite preventative efforts. Sport injuries bay be a result of accidents, poor training practices, the use of improper equipment, lack of conditioning of insufficient warm-up.

Sports injuries typically involve damage to the musculoskeletal system, although traumatic injury to the organ system can occur, too. Injuries occur when there is a force great enough to disrupt the internal structures of the body, causing damage or destruction to that tissue.

Traditional classification describes injures as either:

  • acute - a sudden injury that occurs when playing sport or exercising, or
  • chronic - injuries that develop slowly and last a long time

Most sports injuries, however, can be better described by mechanism of injury - either trauma or overuse:

  • traumatic injuries - a physical injury produced by an external or internal force
  • overuse injuries - a result of repetitive activities or a result of recurrent traumatic injuries

MUSCLE STRAINS

If a muscle is overstretched by tension or forced to contract against too much resistance, the resulting stretch, tear or rip of the fibers of the muscle or it's tendon is known as a muscle strain. Muscle strains are typically a result of dynamic overload, wherein the involved muscle contracts eccentrically while the antagonist force attempts to lengthen the muscle. Muscle strains most commonly occur at the musculotendinous junction of a muscle.

There are three grades of muscle strains:

  • Grade 1: Some fibers stretched with few torn; palpable tenderness; full active range of motion is possible, but may be painful
  • Grade 2: a number of fibers torn with a palpable depression in the muscle belly or tendon; active contraction, strength and range of motion are limited and painful
  • Grade 3: a complete rupture at the musculotendinous portion of the belly or at the tendinous attachment to the bone; deformity, loss of function, including strength and range of motion; intense pain that diminishes because of nerve fiber separation

MUSCLE OVEREXERTION and CONTRACTION INJURIES

Muscle cramps, muscle spasms, muscle guarding and muscle soreness are other forms of muscle injuries that are defined as:

  • muscle cramps - the involuntary contraction of a voluntary muscle
  • muscle spasmsa reflex reaction caused by trauma
  • muscle guarding - a muscle contraction in response to pain and injury in an area as an attempt to splint or self-protect the involved area
  • muscle soreness - pain caused by overexertion in exercise, typically caused by an activity to which the person is unaccustomed

There are two types of muscle soreness acute-onset muscle soreness and exercise-induced muscle soreness, also know as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Acute-onset muscle soreness is typically accompanied by fatigue. Exercise-induced muscle soreness usually appears 12 hours after exercise and peaks 24 to 48 hours post-exercise.

Many of these issues, if left untreated can lead to more complicated chronic conditions. Such as tendinitis, joint adhesions, sprains, bursitis, plantar faciitis, compartment syndrome, sciatica, nerve compression, carpal tunnel and so much more.

Orthopedic massage may be a solution when Sports massage has not taken you as far as you hoped. With posture analysis and assessment tests, both on and off the table, we dive deeper in the what may be causing pain, lack of range of motion and performance. Treatment doesn't end there. With corrective stretching and strengthening exercises we work together to find a long term solution to living pain free. 

Typical treatment plans consist of 3 - 90 minute sessions every two weeks then plan according to your needs. I have openings this week. Call/text to book now at 916-757-2976