Welcome to Athlete's Touch!
We are excited to announce that we've moved to 980 Forest Avenue, Suite 201, Portland, Maine!
We have expanded our services to include Sports Chiropractic (including ART, Graston Technique, and FMS), Acupuncture, and will soon offer Nutrition Therapy as well!
Please continue to utilize the online scheduler and contact Kevin@athletestouch.org with any questions you may have. This website will be fully updated soon to reflect our new, fully integrated team.
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Massage has become an integral part of the new athletic regimen from sports medicine clinics, to college training rooms, to professional locker rooms to Olympic training. A growing number of professionals believe that massage can provide an extra edge to the athletes who seek to achieve their peak performances. Massage has become a necessary ingredient for a complete workout. More and more people are realizing that a complete workout routine includes not only the exercise itself, but also caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with strenuous movement. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement to a total conditioning program.
Any active person can benefit from Sports Massage, from those who routinely stretch their physical limits such as triathletes (swim, bike, run), weight lifters (power lifting and bodybuilding), and combat sport practitioners to those maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle such as golfers, recreational league participants, skiers, and tennis players.
What Happens When You Exercise?
Regular exercise increases vigor and promotes a general sense of well-being. If done in moderation, it can help relieve the effects of stress, and has been linked to decrease in psychological depression. Regular exercise produces positive physical results like increased muscular strength and endurance, more efficient heart and respiratory functioning, and greater flexibility. These positive physical changes occur as the body gradually adapts to the greater demands put on it by regular exercise. The body improves its functioning to meet the challenges placed on it. Conditioning involve three steps or phases: Tearing Down Phase - when one pushes the physical limits, Recovery Phase - Important for the rebuilding phase and to obtain the full benefits of a conditioning program, Buildup Phase - When the system adapts to the new demands placed on it.
The 'tearing down' phase of the adaptation process often involves stiffness and soreness, especially when the amount of movement is significantly increased from what the body has been used to in the past. Delayed muscle soreness (24-48 hours after exercise) may be caused by any of a number of different factors. Some possible causes are minor muscle or connective tissue damage, local muscle spasms that reduce blood flow, or a build up of waste products (metabolites) from energy production.
Trigger points or stress points may also cause muscle soreness and decreased flexibility. These points are specific spots in muscle and tendons which cause pain when pressed, and which may radiate pain to a larger area. They are not bruises, but are thought by some to be small areas of spasm. Trigger points may be caused by sudden trauma (like falling or being hit), or may develop over time from the stress and strain of heavy physical exertion or from repeated use of a particular muscle.
Heavily exercised muscles may also lose their capacity to relax, causing chronically tight (hypertonic) muscles, and loss of flexibility. Lack of flexibility is often linked to muscle soreness, and predisposes you to injuries, especially muscle pulls and tears. Blood flow through tight muscles is poor (ischemia), which also causes pain.
What Are The Benefits of Sports Massage?
Incorporating a regular program of sports massage in your conditioning program has many benefits. It can serve to:
- Improve circulation of blood and lymph which allows optimal metabolic exchange in muscles and other soft tissues of the body
- Enhance recovery from intense training and performance
- Decrease delayed onset muscle soreness associated with new or extreme physical activity
- Reduce the potential for injury by identifying and addressing minor, sub-clinical musculoskeletal concerns before they develop into injuries
- Enhance body awareness
- Relieve Pain, Stiffness, Tension, Anxiety and Stress in the body
- Increase Mental Awareness and Decrease Pain through release of endorphins
- Release of toxins and waste products in the muscles brought on by the cumulative stress of everyday training and competing
- Prevent injuries and recover from injures at a much faster rate.
- Remove trigger points, muscle adhesions, and soften scar tissue formed as a result of injury
- Relax and stretch muscles
- Improve range of motion
- Restore suppleness and elasticity
- Relax the body and mind