Hamstrings, knee, shoulder and back injuries are all problems that a footballer will most likely come across this season. The pain can cause long terms issues and affect the overall performance of your game. Lucky for you though, there are many ways to treat these problems, and ensure you’re in ship shape for the remainder of the season! Balanced Bodies offers sports massage, something which should be an integral part of your football routine, here is just a little bit about sports massage:
Sports Massage can:
• Enhance body awareness
• Identify problem areas before they develop into injuries
• Remove trigger points formed as a result of injury
• Relax and stretch muscles
• Improve range of motion
• Restore suppleness and elasticity
• Relieve pain and stress
• Free muscle adhesions/soften scar tissue caused by injury or overuse
• Improve circulation
• Flush out toxins that cause muscle stiffness and soreness
• Speed recovery and healing from exertion
Sports Massage techniques may also differ as you have different needs at different times. These include:
Pre-match: A Sports Massage will be an adjunct to your warm-up, to increase your circulation and flexibility, and leave your muscles resilient and ready to go.
Post-match: Sports Massage will increase your circulation to speed the removal of fatigue toxins, relieve your muscle spasms and prevent soreness.
Fine-tuning: A Sports Massage will search out the areas of biomechanical stress in your muscles and relieve them, before they become problems, enabling you to train harder and more consistently.
Injury Rehabilitation: A Sports Massage will speed your healing, increase range of motion and reduce scar tissue to allow the muscle to expand/contract normally.
There is no reason to carry soreness and stiffness from your last session or game into your next game! By taking measures to speed your recovery following exertion you can reach a higher-level next workout. Sports Massage provides an ingredient for that complete recovery.
Biofeedback: To help identify muscle weakness and imbalance.
Corrective exercises: To correct muscle weakness and sports specific muscle stretching programs to increase or maintain flexibility, speed, balance etc.
Sports massage as seen, is highly recommended. By treating little niggling problems now, you will be helping your future self out a great deal. At least a pre or post match massage is recommended to maximise your ability and show your body the love it deserves.