Since our beloved home town is one of the most active cities in the country, it makes sense that sports massage in Denver is growing in demand. Many Denverites are avid outdoor people, athletes, weekend warriors and gym rats who know that a Denver sports massage is an integral part of an active and athletic regimen. A growing number of trainers believe that massage can provide an extra edge to the athletes who participate in high performance sports and for the “Average-Joe” that works out 3-4 times a week, massage helps prevent injuries, soreness and muscle spasms. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement to active person.
Anyone who routinely stretches their physical limits through movement such as running, cycling, hiking, swimming, dancing, tennis and other racquet sports, strength training and aerobics can benefit from a sports massage in Denver CO. There are also many others who do strenuous activities that can wear and tear on their bodies, mothers with small children, gardeners, builders, laborers, and many others.
Incorporating massages into your routine helps you get into good shape faster, and with less stiffness and soreness. It helps you recover faster from heavy workouts, and relieves conditions which may cause injury.
Benefits of a Sports Massage in Denver:
Massages for athletes and Denver go hand in hand when it comes to our weekend warriors and the benefits of sports or therapeutic massage include:
- Reduces recovery time between workouts
- Increases flexibility and range of motion
- Decreases chance of sustaining injury
- Aids recovery if injury is sustained
- Improves performance
- Extend the overall longevity of your active life
Techniques used in a massage for athletes are often the same as those used in regular massage; it is the way in which these techniques are applied, as well as the timing of the application that differentiates this modality. The therapist will tailor the massage to your specific needs based on your challenges and what sports you participate in. In addition your therapist may add isometric muscle contraction and passive stretching to the session as well as cross fiber friction and trigger point therapy.
Importance of Sports Massages and Injury
Injuries are a common occurrence with athletes, and sports massages have been shown to relieve the pain and get people back on their feet and back to running and other sports. Bringing blood flow to the injured area, and the areas that provide support is essential. We provide treatment that can include lymphatic drainage, stimulation around the area (which often encourages the nerves to regenerate), and more. Sports massages can provide relaxation, calm the nerves and help heal the body.
General Guidelines for Scheduling a Denver Sports Massage
Pre Event Massage: Within 4 hours of the start of the event or training session. Schedule a 30 minute session where the therapist will work the muscles with quick short strokes and compression, and do some isometric contraction & stretching-in general no deep pressure will be used during a pre-event treatment.
Post Event Massage: Within 24 hours of completing an event. Schedule a 30 to 90 minute massage. This is mostly a focus on recovery, the goal is normalization and repair of the soft tissue, releasing any spasm and reducing metabolic waste build up in the cells.
Inter/Intra Event: Between events, during normal training, at least 24 hours prior to training. Schedule a 60 to 90 minute session. These massages are where you work on conditioning the muscle, balancing any postural issues, and doing specific treatment oriented work related to your activities.