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Information on sports massage
Stop by Health 1st’s Wellness Wednesday
table in the Children’s Hospital lobby between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. March
19 to receive a free chair massage and ask questions about the benefits
When it comes to exercise or sports performance, there are gadgets and
gimmicks of all types to help improve performance and give you an
extra edge competitors don’t have.
Ultimately though to get faster, stronger, healthier and fitter: there
is only one way to accomplish that—training and exercise. If
someone is sore or injured and can’t train at their optimal level or
exercise on a regular basis, all the gadgets in the world won’t help.
One way individuals can keep themselves healthy is through the
use of clinical sports massage.
Clinical sports massage is much more than working on runners at the end
of a road race; it is the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions using
a framework based on information gathered through an advanced knowledge
of anatomy, proficient palpation skills, competent assessment ability,
a thorough history check and visual observation.
This type of massage works to keep muscles in their peak condition in
order to allow them to function properly and to help them recover from
Sessions can range from full body recovery massages to very specific
treatments for an injury or problem area. The therapist will begin
by checking the history of the client’s condition and obtain as
much information as possible to ensure the proper treatment is
Several types of assessments may be performed, such as range of motion
and postural alignment to obtain baseline measurements to track the
effectiveness of the treatment. All of the information gathered will
then be organized into a treatment strategy to provide the best outcome
and fit the client’s needs. A variety of techniques will be used
including connective tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and
A therapist who specializes in clinical sports massage has generally
received specialized training, so that there is an in-depth
understanding of how injuries occur, what structures are involved, and
what the best plan of care is. Be sure to find someone who is
experience with your condition. Don’t be afraid to interview the
It is a common misconception that sports massage is only for elite
athletes. While this type of treatment can improve the
performance of an athlete and help keep them in their sport, it is
beneficial to anyone who suffers from chronic pain or has an injury—
whether it comes from running a marathon, playing tennis on the
weekend, or working in the garden.
When it comes to the musculoskeletal system, we all have the same
anatomy. A sore muscle is a sore muscle regardless of what caused
it. Clinical sports massage is a powerful type of therapy that
can benefit a variety of ailments and should be looked on as the first
stop in treating musculoskeletal conditions.
Subscribers of the state health plan can receive a thorough preventive
health screening April 24 at Harborview Office Tower. This screening,
valued at $200, is available for $15. Employees without this insurance
can participate for $38. This screening includes height, weight, blood
pressure and a blood draw for blood chemistry profile, hemogram, and a
blood lipid profile. For information, visit http://mcintranet.musc.edu/health1st/events.htm.
Editor's note: The preceding column was brought to you on behalf of
Health 1st. Striving to bring various topics and representing numerous
employee wellness organizations and committees on campus, this weekly
column seeks to provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and
helpful information concerning all aspects of health.
Friday, March 14, 2008
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