Sports & Rehab Massage

Enhances Sports Performance

Sports Massage Therapy

Sports & Rehab Massage

Specialized Sports Massage Therapy for Rehabilitation. 

Aruna rehabilites athletes at Professional Volleyball matches, Rugby tournament, Frisby tournament, 5k,10K race where I have set up my table at the designated health services tent, prepared to prep the athlete prior to the game/ event and then help the athlete’s muscle repair and restore effectively after the event. I have the experience of working with high school and college athletes representing their school/college sports team in baseball, football. I appreciate the parents for trusting in my work so I can help those young athletes excel in their sport by improving their Range of Motion and receive scholarship. When I worked with a Professional triathlete,  I integrate my rehab therapy services in the routine prior to the event and post event. I feel honored to be part of their success process. 

Sports Massage for Athletes

How is s PRE-sports massage and POST sports massage different?

Before the sports event, I would help the athletes prepare for the event using short, quick, invigorating strokes to stimulate their muscles and use positive imagery/reinforcements, suggestions to ensure the athletes are psychologically prepared as well. After the sports competition/ event, I use longer, slower, more sedating strokes to flush out metabolic wastes from the muscle tissue and begin the repair-and-restore process. 

How does Therapeutic Sports Massage help athletes?

Therapeutic Sports Massage TherapySports Massage requires an understanding of the physiological basis of techniques used along with good understanding of major muscles, their origin, insertion, action.

As a Therapeutic Sports Massage Therapist, I have to decide which technique to use in a given situation for that particular athlete I am working with.

Sports Massage improves athletic performance. I help the athlete achieve this by increasing flexibility through stretching, releasing tension in muscles caused by the trigger points that can negatively affect the athlete’s performance.

Sport Massage Techniques

The technique I use depends on the kind of sport the athlete is involved in.

Sports massage is valuable to the athlete since it helps them recover from the post-event soreness, resume training for participating in the next event. 

For all my clients who work out regularly, they appreciate the sports massage since it reduces their post- exercise muscle soreness. This way they can continue to exercise to keep themselves healthy. It keeps them motivated in their fitness regimen since their muscles are not feeling sore from workouts. 

When a client gets injured during their sports activity, I do a complete assessment (which includes the client history, areas of pain, muscle testing) first prior to creating a treatment plan for my client. 

Each of my client responds differently to different sports and rehab massage therapy techniques. A technique that works well for one client might not work for another client. I customize the therapeutic sports massage to my athlete based on the sport they are involved in.

Kinesiology Taping with Rock Tape

sport rehab tapingKinesiology is the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement. Kinesiology taping following the customized massage reinforces Aruna's massage therapy to more properly address not only the site of discomfort but also the cause. The Rock Tape we use for Kinesiology Taping is latex-free and wearable for up to 7 days.

The rehabilitation techniques work together with the specialized taping methods to help your body heal, and improve function. 

Kinesiology Taping has been shown to help achieve:

  • Reduce pain
  • Positively affect fluid mechanics
  • Improve posture and muscle function
  • Speed up recovery
  • And improve sporting performance 

sports repab kinesiology tapingThat’s a giant basket of good reasons why Kinesiology Taping helps, if you ask me.

Today, you’d be hard-pressed not to see the colorful, cool-looking tape on amateur and pro athletes in various sports, as well as folks leaving physical therapy appointments at which they’ve been treated for common ailments such as knee replacements, shoulder injuries and low back pain. 

This rehabilitative taping technique provides support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion

Not all tape nor taping education programs are equal, however.

There are many brands: RockTape, Spider Tech, and Kinesio Tape, among others, and a few schools of thought on how to apply it. Thanks to some forward-thinking folks, the evolution of application and successful client outcomes have led to a more global and more effective method of taping.

How does Rock Tape help?

Kinesiology TapingThe elastic properties of the tape produce a vertical lift of skin from the underlying tissue, thus decompressing the space between skin and muscle. This direct effect on the subcutaneous layer promotes improved blood and lymphatic flow in the area where you apply the tape, thus creating speedy removal of injury waste products and pain-generating chemicals, which in turn promotes healing and increases Range of motion.

The fluid effect is induced by the elastic properties of the tape. These are the exact changes what, me as a massage therapist aim to create through massage. 

Considering the fact that the skin contains more mechanoreceptors than any other part of our body, I customize my massage technique specific to my clients. Then combining with a tactile feedback mechanism like kinesiology tape my customized treatment can have incredible results that last long after my client leaves my treatment table.

 When taping athletes, I can literally invoke movement re-education—think

  • Posture correction
  • Patterning corrections
  • Muscle activation
  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • And increase sports performance and recovery, all while reinforcing the work done during my massage therapy

All of this can be accomplished without restricting range of motion, and in about five minutes or less.

Why do you want to opt for tape?

Sports & Rehab MassageThe site of pain isn’t necessarily the root of the issue and other contributing factors need to be addressed. Once these underlying issues are discovered, kinesiology tape can reinforce my massage therapy to more properly address not only the site of discomfort but also the cause.

With taping, I can send my clients home with the benefits of movement feedback, postural awareness and correction, stabilization and pain reduction. Stronger, stickier and stretchier than the competition, RockTape is the world's best kinesiology tape.

Who might benefit from Kinesiology Taping?

Common ailments seen in the therapy office, such as:

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Shin splints
  • Knee issues
  • Low back pain
  • Upper trapezius pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Back pain
  • Runner’s knee
  • To treat sports and non-sports injuries
  • Expecting pregnant moms

All can benefit from kinesiology taping!

Aruna is FMT (Functional Movement Techniques) certified by Rock Tape.

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