Orthopedic & Sports Massage Therapy
Orthopedic Massage (OM) describes a comprehensive system, rather than a single technique, that involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of soft tissues to resolve pain and dysfunction. OM's focus is restoring function and structural balance throughout the body for both prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. OM is capable of integrating a variety of massage’s most effective techniques in the treatment of soft-tissue dysfunctions, pain and injuries. Common orthopedic conditions can stem from sports injuries, postural imbalances due to poor work ergonomics, chronic pain and scar tissue from surgery or traumatic injury.
OM can be used to identify and correct conditions such as: sciatica • scoliosis • coccyx and sacral dysfunction • forward head postures • rib fixations • Dowager's Humps • back spasms/pain • SI joint and iliac dysfunction • cervical pain • rotator cuff injuries • frozen shoulder • thoracic outlet syndrome • carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow • plantar fascitis and foot pain • anterior compartment syndrome • shin splints • iliotibial band (ITB) issues • chondromalacia patella and knee pain • whiplash injuries • compressed disks • bursitis • tendonitis/tendinosis • scar tissue issues...the list goes on.
Sports massage is specifically targeted for athletes who are looking to boost their performance on the field and gain an edge on the competition. It not only provides preventative maintenance, it also shortens recovery time and aids in the rehabilitation process.
Sports massage can help to optimize the positive factors that affect performance, such as healthy muscle and connective tissues, normal range of motion, high energy and fluid and pain-free movement, as well as inducing mental calm and improving alertness, and concentration. It also can help minimize negative factors such as dysfunctional muscle and connective tissue, restricted range of motion, low energy, staleness, pain, and high anxiety.
Sports massage decreases injury potential by helping to prevent acute injuries (muscle tears) as well as chronic injuries stemming from wear and tear (tendonitis). Regular massage allows the muscles and soft tissue to stay supple and healthy, lengthened and flexible and free from adhesions, thereby reducing the potential for injury. By increasing circulation and assisting the body’s healing processes and breaking down scar tissue and adhesions, sports massage can help chronic injuries get better.
Healthy, injury-free muscles perform better, longer, and with less chance of injury.
Massage Therapy has become an integral part of the new athletic regimen from sports medicine clinics, to college training rooms, to professional lockers to Olympic training. A growing number of trainers believe that massage can provide an extra edge to the athletes who participate in high performance sports. Massage is a necessary ingredient for a complete workout.