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Event Sports Massage

Proudly used by the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials

In 2007 & 2012, Eugene, Oregon hosted the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials.  At both Trials the elite athletes were supported by an outstanding medical team of sports massage therapists, sports chiropractors, and physical therapists.

Benefits of Sports Massage

The Sports Massage Association states that sports massage practitioners use techniques that are specifically developed to ensure effective and efficient results during each treatment. Sports massage is used by professional athletes, at the USA Olympic Trials, at Ironman events, and many other competitive sports events. Sports massage may:

  • Improve circulation and lymphatic flow
  • Assist in the removal of metabolic waste
  • Sedate or stimulate nerve endings
  • Increase or decrease muscle tone
  • Increase or decrease muscle length
  • Remodel scar tissue when required
  • Assist in mental preparation for sporting participation
  • Injury prevention & recovery
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improve mental preparation
  • Reduce the restrictions of scar tissue and soft tissue adhesions
  • Speed muscle recovery from heavy exertion
  • Reduce the likelihood of re-injury
  • Decrease the affects of DOMS

When Should I Get a Sports Massage?

  • During the training season
  • Post-event
  • Pre-event (only if you know how your body will respond)

Research has shown that sports massage helps athletes prepare for optimal performance by decreasing inflammation, preparing the muscles to perform, or recover form overtraining.   Clients include beginning runners, barefoot runners, marathoners, ultra runners, and triathletes of all levels.

Sports Massage for Specific Athletes

Here at Movement Therapy Clinic we specialize in treatment of athletes involved in specific sports:

  • Endurance Runners: 5Ks, 10Ks, 1/2 Marathons, Marathons, and Ultras
  • Endurance Cyclists
  • Triathletes: Sprint to Ironman distances
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Massage Therapy Reduces Inflammation

Ever wonder if post-event sports massage is really doing anything?  Well, the researchers at the Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario just released a study that shows muscle cells recover faster with massage therapy than with just rest alone:

Study shows massage reduces inflammation following strenuous exercise

February 1, 2012

 

Most athletes can testify to the pain-relieving, recovery-promoting effects of massage. Now there’s a scientific basis that supports booking a session with a massage therapist: On the cellular level massage reduces inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria in skeletal muscle. The research, involving scientists from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario appears in the February 1st online edition of Science Translational Medicine.

 

The study involved the genetic analysis of  taken from the quadriceps of eleven young males after they had exercised to exhaustion on a stationary bicycle. One of their legs was randomly chosen to be massaged. Biopsies were taken from both legs prior to the exercise, immediately after 10 minutes of  treatment and after a 2.5 hour period of recovery.

 

Buck Institute faculty Simon Melov, PhD, was responsible for the genetic analysis of the tissue samples. “Our research showed that massage dampened the expression of  in the  and promoted biogenesis of mitochondria, which are the energy-producing units in the cells,” said Melov. He added that the pain reduction associated with massage may involve the same mechanism as those targeted by conventional anti-inflammatory drugs. “There’s general agreement that massage feels good, now we have a scientific basis for the experience,” said Melov.

 

Study participants were recruited at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Lead author Mark Tarnopolsky, MD, PhD, from the Department of Pediatrics and Medicine said the research provides much needed validation for a practice that is growing in popularity. “The potential benefits of massage could be useful to a  of individuals including the elderly, those suffering from musculoskeletal injuries and patients with ,” said Tarnopolsky. “This study provides evidence that manipulative therapies, such as massage, may be justifiable in medical practice.”

 

About 18 million individuals undergo massage therapy annually in the U.S., making it the fifth most widely used form of complementary and alternative medicine. Despite several reports that long-term massage therapy reduces chronic pain and improves range of motion in clinical trials, the biological effects of massage on skeletal tissue have remained unclear.

 

Provided by Buck Institute for Age Research

“Study shows massage reduces inflammation following strenuous exercise.” February 1st, 2012. http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-02-massage-inflammation-strenuous.html

 

 

 

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