How can Remedial Massage Help Junior
& Teen Athletes?
Deep Tissue Massage is a series of massage techniques including long strokes and deep pressure point compression which has proven results in positively enhancing blood flow, decreasing inflammation, reducing muscle tension and increasing joint range of motion.
Resistance Sports Science Enoggera Remedial Therapists will use a variety of massage techniques, modified to the injury and athlete body type they are working with. The firm pressure applied is perfect for patients suffering from muscle and joint pain, induced training fatigue and post-competition soreness.
Junior Athlete Injury Rehab Specialists
Enoggera Remedial Massage Therapists
Common Junior Athlete Injuries Treated by Remedial Therapists
Osgood Schlatter Disease
Deep Tissue massage can assist in the pain relief and mobility of a teenaged athlete suffering from Osgood-Schlatter’s caused typically by overuse and chronic overloading of the ankle and knee. Combined with a specific strengthening program, teenagers can find relief in massage by decreasing muscle tension of the quadriceps and hamstrings which create a strenuous pull on the knee joint. Massage can assist in regaining the length of “short” muscle groups which create the sensation of tightness.
Deep tissue massage has known positive effects on young athletes suffering from Severs disease. This condition is typically caused by the rapid growth of the calcaneus (heel bone) and slower growth of the muscle and tendon tissue attaching to the heel. This causes a tight pull on the heel, leading to inflammation and persistent pain. Remedial massage can assist by decreasing the muscle tension causing pain to the heel via the release of neighbouring muscle groups. Combined with a specific strengthening program, young teenage athletes don’t need to deal with constant heel pain and can benefit greatly from massage.
Lumbar Stress fractures
Deep tissue massage can play a pivotal role in athletes suffering from lumbar hairline stress fractures. By releasing tense muscles around the injury athletes can experience a decrease in pain sensations, inflammation and muscle spasm. Deep trigger points through remedial massage in specific areas will also aid the athlete’s ability to strengthen their lower limbs, gluteals and extensor groups by improving the range of motion of inhibited muscle groups.
Deep tissue massage can create significant changes to an athlete suffering from patella tendinopathy by releasing tight or short muscle groups attaching to the knee including the quadriceps, adductor and hamstring groups. By releasing these short muscles, tension is taken away from the patella, decreasing the stretch or pull of the tendon. This minimises the persistent strain on the patella tendon and allows for improved, pain-free range of motion.
Deep Tissue Massage has proven results in aiding the pain felt by athletes suffering from plantar fasciitis. Due to the connective tissue and fascia running posteriorly from an athletes hips to their feet, posterior trigger points and deep tissue massage can decompress nerve compression symptoms, allow for greater muscle gliding and decrease posterior muscle tension connected to the plantar fascia via the Achilles tendon.
Deep tissue massage is an effective and efficient modality for assisting athletes struggling with patellofemoral syndrome. By releasing tight or short muscle groups connecting from the hip, knee and ankle, remedial massage can decrease muscular tension hence decreasing joint pain and minimising specific trigger points. Remedial Massage can create greater mobility around the affected area which provides a greater foundation for exercise rehab to commence. Together with both exercise and massage, Patellofemoral syndrome can be treated with fast recovery times.
Compartment Syndrome/Shin Splints
Enoggera Remedial Massage is an essential part of the Rehab process for an athlete suffering from Compartment Syndrome and or Shin Splints. This is a common injury found by athletes who have rapidly increased their training load, changed their running surface or have changed their gait due to previous injuries. Using techniques including massage, dry needles, manipulations, mobilisations, re-loading and strengthening of the posterior chain, athletes can see drastic improvements in their shin pain and return to sport safely.