Sports Massage
Sports massage is a form of massage, which utilizes specific strokes and stretches to help obtain maximum performance and physical conditioning with less chance of injury or pain.
This therapy uses the following techniques to achieve these aims.

  • Compression – a simple pumping action directed deep into the core of the belly of the muscle. Applied with quick rhythmic action using palm, loose fist, fingertips, or ulnar side of hand.
  • Friction
    Circular friction used most often applied with full palm or fingers. Used after compression.
  • Jostling/Vibration
    Jostling -rhythmic picking up of the tissue, filling the hand and tossing the tissue back and forth
  • Vibration
    Trembling in arms or hands that is transferred to the client
  • Tapotement
    Rhythmic cupping, striking, beating, and hacking.
  • Swedish Exercises
    contraction and relaxation of the muscles.
  • Drainage
    Effleurage and Petrissage massage strokes.



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Who Can Benefit?
Whether you are just starting a work out program or are in training for an event, you will benefit. Swimmers, weight lifters, runners, golfers, ball players, skaters, dancers, tennis players, musicians and boxers, as well as weekend athletes, have benefited from sports massage.

What are the Common Causes of Sports Injuries?
Injuries are commonly experienced when someone has just started training, overstrains, fails to sufficiently warm-up, receives trauma or has muscular imbalances, poor flexibility, mineral deficiencies or inadequate endurance.

How Can Sports Massage Help in My Rehabilitation?
Sports Massage can:
• Areas of stress in other muscles, created through compensating for an injury, can be eased with a regular sports massage regime.
• Sports massage can partially compensate for a lack of exercise during inactivity while recovering from injury.
• Sports massage is also used to relieve muscular spasms and fatigue-related injuries.
• Accelerate the healing process
• Increase range of motion
• Reduce swelling, bruising, pain and adhesions

Meridian Care (Health & Therapy)
Meridian Care, Belturbet, County Cavan, Ireland
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