Massage Therapy And Performance
Performance is not just restricted to athletic events, it is also within your everyday life.
Athletes require optimal muscle performance to be as good as they can be. If the muscles cannot perform, neither can they perform. This is the same in everyone's life. Loss of mobility, flexibility and function because of muscle and tissue dysfunction is something no one wants. Feeling young is more about body health than age. Even a young person whose muscles are not functioning properly does not feel as young as their age tells them.
Muscle trigger and tender points are resolved through massage therapy, reducing hypersensitivity, muscle spasms and referral pain patterns that characterize trigger and tender points. If these trigger and tender points are left untreated, they often lead to restricted and painful movement, sometimes of entire body regions.
Massage therapy provides help to bring muscle and tissue back to a healthy performance level. It complements traditional medical treatment for illness, injury and muscular pain.
Since I have been involved with the Vernon Vipers Jr. Hockey team, I have seen my fair share of muscle injuries and dysfunction. I have seen how it negatively impacts the players' performance. In turn, I have seen the positive results of massage therapy for the performance of these players.
Massage therapy can help you, whether or not you're an athlete
What tips can you follow to improve muscle and body performance on your own?
- Follow the tips on the health tips page.
- Place cold packs on injured or overly stressed (sore) muscles. The reason is cold packs reduce inflammation and reduce or temporarily relieve pain. Some medical reports suggest to apply cold compresses or cold packs for 15-20 mins every few hours. Reducing muscle inflammation caused by injuries is half the battle to recovery.
- Practice to perform your own spot massages. I can help you with a few techniques that you can do on your own at home. This will not replace the massage therapist, but your own efforts will fit quite well into a healthy regime that enhances your daily performance. In fact, some athletes perform their own spot massages to sore muscles before their performance. These spot massages can relieve some soreness, pain and discomforts allowing the muscle to function better.
- Before exercising, warm up. This does not have to be long, just enough to get the muscles limber, which includes some stretching. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Sure, this was mentioned in the health tips, but it really matters for performance. The body needs water to function and to flush toxins to maintain health.
- Have a desk job? Get up every 30 mins and stretch a bit, drink some water, move around. It is known that sitting for long hours can contribute to weight gain and muscle atrophy. Maybe one day, a desk and chair will convert into a rowing machine at the touch of a button!