Friday, June 27, 2014

Golf and the Benefits of Massage

Golf is a great outdoor game and one of the most popular of the summer sports. But as with all athletics proper procedure must be followed - both to improve your game and also to prevent injury. Golf requires the use of many of your body's muscles. This is particularly important to perfect your swing. Without a proper warm-up the strain on these muscles can be extreme - and extremely painful. When you swing your club, sudden stress is put on your shoulders, elbows, wrists, lower back, hips and knees.

Professional massage therapy is an excellent warm-up as it helps to loosen up rigid muscles and encourage blood flow getting muscles ready for action. Massage also helps to reduce tension and tightness in those muscles most likely to be affected by your swing. One of the most common injuries in golf occurs in the lower back area. That is because the lumbar area takes the brunt of the stress of your swing. Massage therapy is particularly effective to loosen the lumbar region. Injuries can also occur during your golf game and may result from poor swinging techniques, such as over-swinging or sudden, sharp twisting during your swing. Most of these injuries can be prevented by proper pre-game warm-up exercises. However, should an injury occur, massage therapy can be an effective treatment both to get those muscles loosened and back into shape and to alleviate the pain and discomfort.

Academy Massage wants you to be on par this summer and offers the right therapies to keep you on your game.  Last August, we explained in detail some of the options we have for helping you get back in the swing of things.    

Friday, June 13, 2014

Gardening and Massage Go Hand In Hand

It's springtime rapidly heading into summer and after the frigid, snowy and lengthy winter we all endured where physical activity may have gone into hibernation, people are eager to get right back into the game and begin enjoying the more temperate Winnipeg climate and the pleasures of yard work that go along with it: gardening, planting, trimming and general lawn maintenance. But as with any physical task that we enter into, one must exercise caution and approach each job slowly and prudently, especially when it comes to working muscles that may have been kept pretty much dormant through the November through April months. It is a fact that most sprains and other such injuries occur during the first months of spring when too much is done too fast. Back pain is a common complaint, resulting from too much bending or improper posture while tending to the garden. Muscle strain is another problem, which can occur as the result of pulling a fatigued muscle by performing a sudden and rigorous activity. Quick or heavy lifting or performing an irregular work task can trigger this problem. When muscle strain occurs the symptoms can be debilitating, ranging from a weak or sluggish sensation of the muscle or tendons to severe pain in the affected area or even the inability to use the muscle at all. While prevention is always the best solution to such injuries and suggested measures include establishing a warm-up period prior to engaging in yard work, as well as not trying to do too much all at once, if an injury should develop, deep muscle therapeutic massage provides a hands-on, drug-free therapy that can both alleviate the discomfort and even help prevent future injuries from occurring.

Here at Academy Massage we specialize in treating muscle strain and sprains by utilizing a variety of proven and effective techniques. For nagging muscle spasm our highly-trained therapists employ a simple treatment to bring back the contractility and function of the muscle to normal. Our massage for muscle strain improves flexibility and relaxes the muscle, thereby not only relieving pain and discomfort but also aiding to the overall well-being of the person. Through a practiced technique of squeezing, pressuring and kneading, our therapists work deep to stimulate the internal layers of muscles, tendons and connective tissue which also release toxins from the body. This cleansing helps to both reinvigorate and heal the body. These additional benefits include improving blood circulation and providing increased oxygen to the body's extremities which helps to reduce muscle inflammation. To this end, our therapists highly recommend that you drink plenty of fluids after each session. It is also important that you understand that you may experience some discomfort through our deep pressure massage treatment and that you might experience some muscle soreness and tenderness following the therapy though this will alleviate in a couple of days. We are proud to say that the benefits from our treatments far outweigh the discomforts and so encourage anyone who may be experiencing soreness from the spring clean-up to drop into our office and discover how Academy Massage can help you get a good grip on summer.