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Serving NYC, Long Island, Wantagh, Nassau County, NY
Eugene Wood, Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist
"My love for tennis was stopped cold last fall when I strained my back during a tournament. After failing to find relief through traditional methods, I found Eugene Wood and described the circumstances to him.
His first concern was that the diagnosis was complete and then he started a sports massage program.
I have stopped taking pain meds and started playing tennis again. My massage sessions are less frequent, but the program continues to strengthen my back."
Once the injury is sustained, an unknown amount of downtime will be required. The only way to determine the extent and severity of a sports injury is to consult a professional, who can assess the damage and recommend the proper treatment course.
This is where a massage therapist comes in. This form of massage is a specialty combining massage and bodywork with the field of kinesiology, which is the scientific study of human movement.
Kinesiology, in turn, was established in 1949, by physical therapists Henry and Florence Kendall. The book they published that year, MUSCLES : TESTING AND FUNCTION, contains the tenets on which the study of human motion is built.
What is Sports Massage Therapy?
A massage therapist concentrating on sports injuries uses massage therapy techniques to treat sports injuries. These injuries include muscles sprains, strains, and stress injuries, both traumatic (sudden) or repetitive. Treatment of these types of injuries is most beneficial if received as soon as possible after the injury takes place. This treatment usually involves application of ice to the affected area, while the muscle is stretched, then relaxing the muscle and removing the ice at specific intervals.
Compression is usually applied, using a bandage or wrap. Manipulation of muscles and joints may also be used, when appropriate. A professional sports injury massage therapist will know the proper course of action to take, depending on the type and severity of the injury. Elements of chiropractic care are also present in the execution of treatment.
Sports Massage Therapy Treatments
These techniques can be used to treat sprains, strains, and stress injuries. It is important that, before treatment begins, a physician is consulted. The physician will be able to determine the severity of the injury, including whether the damage extends beyond the soft tissue into the nerves. Massage therapy is suitable if the damage is limited to the soft tissues.
How A Sports Massage Therapist Can Heal or Prevent Injury
Sports Massage Therapy in NYC and Wantagh NY
Benefits of Sports Massage
The benefits of massage for sports related injuries are numerous.
First, massage injury usually speeds up healing time. The body has its own mechanisms for healing, but massage can hasten the process.
Second, it can be used to control the pain of chronic injuries, when other methods are not desirable or practical.
Third, it offers a natural, drug free alternative to relieving pain associated with injuries. As added benefits, massage therapy can increase blood flow, improve circulation, provide added flexibility of muscles and joints, and contribute to general feelings of well-being.
All these benefits can help a person get back to their normal activities, and contribute to quality of life in a positive manner.
Sports Massage Therapist
Massage therapists in general are highly trained professionals. Training program lengths vary widely, based on the schools where they are taken. Massage therapists receive between 500 and 1,000 hours of training before graduating.
Who Needs Sports Massage Therapy?
Athletes, no matter their caliber, will likely be injured at some point. Active people, from the workout enthusiast, to the woman who haunts the tennis court each weekend, to the man who plays a professional sport like football, often find themselves in need of massage therapy that is sports related. Overworked muscles and joints can cause pain, stiffness and swelling, and leave a person unable to complete daily tasks.
"Sports Massage is a specialty combining massage and bodywork with kinesiology, which is the study of human movement. It can help in preventing sports injuries as well as to help heal a chronic sports injury. Chronic injuries, which are caused by repetitive motions, such as tennis elbow, can benefit from massage therapy."
-Eugene Wood, LTM
The field is highly regulated, with most states requiring a certification or license by law. Also, professional organizations, such the American Massage Therapy Association, exist to foster professional development and a code of ethics among members of the profession.
If you've suffered a sports injury, no matter how minor it may seem, it's best to consult a professional massage therapist. The sooner your get treatment, the better your results will be. Enlist the services of an NYC Massage therapist who specializes in sports injuries, and help ensure fuller and more rapid healing. Don't let an injury take away the pleasure you get from doing what you love, or interfere with your performance of daily activities.
This training includes study of anatomy and physiology, massage theory and practice, as well as elective courses.
Once a massage therapy student has graduated, they have the option of obtaining national certification, by passing the National Certification Exam for Massage and Bodywork.
Chronic injuries, which are caused by repetitive motions (like carpal tunnel or tennis elbow) can also benefit from massage therapy. These injuries are usually only partly healed before the person performs the same task again, impeding full recovery of the muscle or joint involved.
Massage for sports injuries may be used in conjunction with physical therapy for even better results.
Contact Eugene Wood, Sports Massage Therapist
Please Contact Us to see a trained, credentialed professional in massage that can help you get back to living your life at it's fullest. It's the first step in healing and maintaining your health, and if you need more incentive, we've got it: new patients will receive a discount of $20 off their initial visit.