Sports-related injuries are considered the worst nightmare for professional athletes. Depending on its severity, a sports-related injury can bring an athlete's career to an abrupt and an undesirable end.
With this in mind, it is important for budding athletes to understand the various options available for managing the pain associated with sports-related injuries. In addition to pain management, the options referred to also help to facilitate quick recovery from a sports-related injury.
Discussed herein are a few of the mentioned options.
Remedial massage is perhaps the most commonly used strategy in the management and treatment of sports-related injuries. This is because remedial massage therapy is used on athletes who have suffered soft-tissue injuries, which are the most common type of sports-related injury.
Soft-tissue injuries can affect an athlete's muscles, tendons, and ligaments. A large number of athletes suffer this kind of injury around the knee and ankle area, around the elbows, and even around the shoulder area. A sprained ankle is a common example of a soft-tissue injury.
It is important to point out that there's a marked difference between a remedial massage and the traditional relaxation massage. During a relaxation massage, the massage therapist will often use kneading techniques and flowing strokes to gently manipulate an athlete's muscles at his/her desired pressure so as to achieve relaxation.
In contrast, a remedial massage therapist will focus on the specific muscle, tendon, or ligament affected by an injury with the aim of releasing tensions therein. Remedial massage therapy techniques are also aimed at reducing the bleeding or inflammation that is common with soft-tissue injuries.
Also referred to as foot massage, reflexology is also a viable option for the management and treatment of pain emanating from sports-related injuries. This pain management technique works on the principle that there are various reflex points along an athlete's feet, ears, face, and hands. These reflex points correspond with different body organs.
As such, pain experienced at a particular reflex point is deemed to be a result of an underlying problem with the corresponding body organ. Reflexologists (or related professionals) apply pressure on affected reflex points in a bid to have a positive impact on the corresponding organ(s).
A remedial massage therapist would be the best person to trust with restorative remedial massage for sports-related injuries while a reflexologist, chiropractor, or a physical therapist would be ideal for treatment services related to reflexology.Share