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What is massage therapy?
When you consult with a massage therapist, you can expect to receive a combination of hands-on therapy, as well as education on ways to manage your own symptoms. Both have highly valuable benefits for acute or chronic health conditions, especially when provided in conjunction with each other.
One of the most beneficial types of passive treatment we offer at Tucson Sports Recovery is massage therapy. That’s right, our licensed massage therapists are explicitly trained in sports massage and can use it to your direct benefit.
Sports massage involves a wide range of explicit manual techniques (delivered by your therapist’s hands) that can be used to target specific tissues in your body, including muscles, fascia, lymph nodes, joints, and tendons. Techniques include deep tissue, Swedish, or even pressure point massage:
- Deep tissue is beneficial to athletes and anyone who needs to relieve tension in their deep musculature
- Swedish massage is more gentle and targets more superficial tissues, perfect for anyone looking to relax and relieve mental as well as physical stress
- Pressure point massage is effective for relieving tender points within the body’s fascial tissue (which protectively encases connective tissue much like the casing of sausage!)
Who is massage therapy for?
Everyone from young toddlers to seniors can benefit from sports massage. This technique offers a variety of benefits that are truly safe for just about anyone.
Specific benefits of sports massage include:
- Improved circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Accelerated healing
- Reduced swelling and inflammation
- Improved range of motion
- Reduced pain
- Decreased adhesions and scar tissue formation
- Decreased stress
- Improved mood
We use sports massage to help people manage or recover from a wide range of conditions, including fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, arthritis, migraines, diabetic nerve pain, sports and auto-accident related injuries, and even psychological disorders including anxiety and depression (since mental and emotional stress is often neurologically carried into and stored in physical tissues). A professional massage provided by a massage therapist can even ease the effects of chemotherapy and can hasten the healing process in post-surgical patients.
What should I expect during my sports massage treatment?
The first thing you should expect when you come to visit our center for a massage therapy appointment is a thorough examination and client history questionnaire. We ask that all our patients visit us in comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes. If massage therapy is deemed an appropriate part of your recovery plan, then we’ll be sure to position you in a comfortable position seated or lying down (depending on the target treatment area). Your dignity and privacy are important to us, so you can rest assured you’ll always be appropriately covered if certain articles of clothing need to be moved so that our therapists can appropriately access the target tissue (whether in the spine or limbs).
During a massage, your therapist may also use oils or special lotions with essential oils added to them. Aromatic essential oils are used to enhance the
benefits of the massage by stimulating the sense of smell, enhancing neurological involvement. The combination of aromatherapy, gentle touch and fluid movements can truly maximize the beneficial effects of each individual treatment.
At our clinic, our therapists can talk to you about anything you may be experiencing and work with you in a coordinated way to encourage healing on all levels and help you gain a deeper understanding of your body and what’s happening with it. We’re not just concerned with symptom relief; we want to identify and resolve the underlying cause (or causes) of your symptoms so that your healing will be more complete and longer lasting.
Are you wondering if massage therapy is right for you? (Hint: it probably is.) Contact us today to schedule an initial appointment with an experienced massage therapist.
Dry Needling is a mechanism for reducing trigger points throughout the body. The best way to think about it is like driving on a highway. If there is a slow car in front of you, then you pass them. By passing them, you use…or overuse…other lanes. So that break down in other lanes is caused by a disruption elsewhere.
This analogy works as muscles have a defined number of fibers. They can get bigger, and can get smaller, however they cannot be removed unless they are removed.
With trigger point dry needling we remove that barrier from the muscle fiber and allow for all fibers to work in unison. This will allow muscles to work as intended, decreasing pain and increasing performance.
We can also stimulate a healing response with dry needling. We use a process called‘pistoning.’ Pistoning is a process when the needle is positioned in various areas to kick start thehealing process. This is similar to when you were a kid and the doctor had to rebreak your armto allow it to heal correctly.
Dry Needling uses a sterile acupuncture needle that is inserted through the skin into muscles,tendons, ligaments, and/or close to nerves to immediately reduce pain, decrease muscletension and increase mobility. Dry Needling is not acupuncture; it is based on a modernscientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. This treatment techniqueprovides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reducespain.
There were several years in Hollywood where lasers were the weapon of choice in action films. We watched, riveted as the hero dodged lasers fired from guns and saved the world from evil scientists. What no one could anticipate in the dark theaters of the 60’s and 70’s was how laser therapy would become a fixture in modern pain relief just a few decades later. For those suffering from chronic pain, drug-free laser therapy offers relief without invasive surgery or addictive medications. Let us get you started on your pain relief journey. Contact us in Tucson to find out more about how laser therapy can work for you.
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
Lasers are basically light energy that has been amplified and focused into a particular area. There are two different types of therapeutic lasers, hot and cold. Hot lasers are typically used during surgery while cold lasers are generally used to speed tissue healing. Cold lasers work by flooding the injured tissue with photons, which stimulate healing in damaged cells and increase circulation to the area. The body’s natural healing response relieves pain, improves function and reduces swelling without medication or surgery. Best of all, the therapeutic effect of cold laser therapy continues long after the treatment itself. For 18 to 24 hours after the laser is applied to the injured area, your body continues to benefit from the metabolic effect of your treatment.
What is Light Force Therapy?
The Light Force laser system has been clinically proven to relieve pain associated with injuries, accidents or surgeries. Light Force Therapy has been used for years by physical therapists and athletic trainers working with professional athletes who have been injured. Using a Class IV laser, deep layers of tissue are exposed to light energy, which activates the body’s healing response. This metabolic effect has a domino effect throughout the body reducing inflammation and lowering pain levels. The Light Force therapy machine looks like a box with a wand attached which can target specific areas of the body. Treatments typically last five to ten minutes and most patients experience relief in just three to five sessions. FDA cleared and strictly controlled by ISO standards, Light Force therapy is safe, painless and non-invasive.
What Can I Expect From Laser Therapy?
Your massage therapist will be able to identify areas for treatment and the length and number of treatments you may require. Once your recovery plan is set, your massage therapist will administer laser therapy as just one of your many recovery services. Treatments typically last five to ten minutes. As soon as the therapy begins, you will begin to feel a soothing warmth in the areas where the laser is applied. Most patients begin to see results in as few as three treatments while others report feeling better after a single session.
What Conditions can be Treated with Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy effectively treats lower back pain, neck pain, arthritis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, plantar, and sciatica. It can also be used to treat sports injuries, sprains, and strains, or other soft tissue injuries throughout the body. Anywhere there is pain or injury, laser therapy can help. Even older injuries that have not healed properly can be improved with this type of recovery service. However, it is important to note that laser therapy is most effective when combined with massage therapy. While this modality addresses pain, inflammation, and healing, it increases flexibility and mobility only when combined with therapeutic exercise, stretching, and other physical therapy services. We will provide a direct referral to Applied Physical Medicine for all Physical therapy needs.
Every athlete has found themselves worn down and overtrained. When this happens, your entire body becomes inflamed. This is where our Saunaspace near infrared sauna can help you to recovery and reduce inflammation. Near infrared, or NIR, sauna technology is shown to have a much bigger effect on recovery than traditional far infrared saunas even though the overall temperature is lower. This is due to targeting the specific light wavelengths needed to kick start the your body’s cells.
Sunlight helps activate our cells and makes us feel fresher and rejuvenated. Saunaspace supercharges that effect and targets the specific wavelengths that our cells need to produce ADP and kickstart recovery.
How does Near Infrared affect Athletic Performance?
NIR, Near infrared Sauna, bathing after exercise have been shown to increase athletic performance, reduce fatigue and improve muscle recovery. Muscle circulation is increased. Growth hormone release also occurs with sauna use and can increase muscle strength.
Low-level light therapy has been shown to reduce joint and muscle pain in animal studies. Penetrating near infrared light appears to address joint and muscle problems from multiple angles. Hand-held near infrared devices used for pain relief are common in physical therapy and pain management offices. Far infrared does not provide this effect.
Whether you compete in Olympic level triathlon, crossfit, bodybuilding, or are running your first 5k, you push your legs to the limit. If you feel tight and sore in your legs, give them a reboot!
Rapid Reboot compression technology speeds up your body’s natural healing processes by enhancing blood flow to your muscles to facilitate cellular repair and protein synthesis, boosting lymphatic drainage to relieve inflammation and reduce swelling, and mobilizing waste products such as lactic acid and excess fluids. What you will notice is less stiffness and soreness, as well as increased mobility and flexibility. Years of medical research and application have proven the benefit of dynamic compression. As a result, intermittent compression devices are ideal for athletes who must constantly recover and heal as they push their bodies to new limits.
The recovery boots are an extremely popular option for our endurance athletes. Cyclists swear by compression boots to help keep them fresh day after day, especially between grueling road stage races. Slipping on these boots for just 15 minutes can help to increase circulation in the legs and speed up muscle recovery.
This is also a great option for our functional fitness and powerlifting athletes. With as hard as they push their legs, being able to clear lactic acid can reduce recovery time and allow them to be fresh by the time they hit the gym again.
Scheduling sessions with our recovery boots is easy! You can book a session online or on our app and hit the boots as soon as you finish your workout.
If you have a pinpoint injury, such as shoulder pain, tendonitis, calf strains (any muscle for that matter), aches or tears, our Squid Therapy system can help you mitigate the pain and speed up recovery to help you get back into action as quick as possible.
We all know that ice packs are a common treatment for acute muscle injuries and strain. Squid takes that to the next level by adding in compression to help increase circulation and healing while reducing inflammation.
Squid operates by combining sequential compression with cold therapy. Each Squid wrap was uniquely developed for a specific body part to direct swelling away while driving cold deep into the tissue. The combination of directional sequential compression and deep penetrating cold may help in reducing edema and pain while allowing better blood circulation in the treated area and reducing inflammation.
For athletes, Squid is an excellent recovery tool providing high efficacy cold therapy while driving metabolites such as lactic acid away from the treated muscle, increasing local circulation. The sequential compression and cold work together to remove lactic acid and drive the cold deep into the treated muscle or joint.
With your membership to Tucson Sports Recovery, you will have access to 8 squid sessions per month. Using Squid as a prevention tool can help you to address potential injuries before they occur.
Runners are especially prone to tendonitis and using Squid regularly at the first sign of inflammation can be a powerful tool to combat lower extremity pain that can be debilitating to consistent training.
Crossfit athletes and powerlifters often have pain in their shoulders and joints. This is another area that the Squid can be incredibly effective. The shoulder wrap can keep is very popular on after high volume chest, back or shoulder training days.