Sports Massage in Denver and Aurora

Massage is an important aspect to recovering from injuries. With the use of therapeutic massage, individuals can recover from a variety of injuries faster. Massage therapy helps to work soft tissue muscles with the goal of reducing pain and other symptoms related to their injury. With sports massage, a multi-faceted approach is used to accommodate each patient and their specific needs. With the proper treatment, sports injuries can be resolved by our Denver sports massage therapist.

About Rehab Therapy

Rehab therapy focuses on helping individuals to regain physical strength after an injury. This therapy approach focuses on movement. In order to help her patients recover from injuries faster, our Aurora sports massage therapist performs a musculoskeletal examination for every patient. This considers each patient’s pathology, which helps her to customize a treatment plan for their injury (injuries) specifically. Treatment options may combine a variety of exercises that focus on building strength and range of motion, which can lead to pain reduction.

Orthopedic Massage

With orthopedic massage, it focuses on muscle pain and dysfunction as well as relieving soft tissue inflammation and pain associated with a variety of sports injuries. As stated before, it uses a musculoskeletal assessment combined with massage and stretch training for optimal results. Our sports massage therapist in Aurora can help to restore a patient’s balance and to reduce their pain. Those who benefit the most from sports massage in Denver include those with sports injuries, tendinitis, lower back pack, bulging discs, sciatica, joint paint and much more.

Range of Motion Help

It’s not uncommon for active people and/or athletes to have a limited range of motion or muscle tightness. Our massage therapist hopes to offer range of motion help to these individuals. Many studies have shown that reduced range of motion throughout the body increases the risk of various sports injuries. Reduced joint range of motion, especially in lower extremities, can decrease the quality of movement and essentially make exercise more difficult. Range of motion help with sports massage in Denver can be achieved through stretching techniques.

Massage has been proven to improve range of motion through connective tissue recovery. This helps to reduced exercise-induced muscle soreness and cuts the time it takes to recover from these workouts in half. It also helps to increase efficiency of the muscles. Unfortunately, because of overuse, injury or stiffness, the firing patterns for muscles may become disorganized.

Maintenance for Injury Prevention

For those suffering from sports injuries, who are frequently injured or are training hard as an athlete, maintenance massages are a great option. This massage helps patients to maintain healthy muscles and to improve a patient’s overall athletic performance. Many athletes opt to incorporate massage into their regular training schedule as they have found that they recover faster from intense workouts. Sports massage in Aurora can also relieve conditions that if left untreated and trained with, can lead to more serious workouts. At True Balance Massage, our Denver sports massage therapist aims to restore stiffness, limited range of motion, sore muscles, inflammation and pain for her athlete client base.

Some of the most popular orthopedic assessment tests include and are not limited to: space-occupying lesion tests (cough test, straight leg raise, slump test), tests for injured tissues (such as active and passive SLR and other specific tests). SLR, cough and slump tests are all used to assess the lumbar spine and buttocks. This looks for bulging or herniated discs and bone spurs. The active and passive SLR tests are looking for sprains and strains throughout the body.

Kinetic Chain Consulting

Kinetic chain refers to segments of the body that include interlocking joints that create a system of movement. If one joint is stiff or has limited range of motion, it can affect the fluidity of the rest of the body. This chain includes the joints and the muscles that work together in order to perform movements. At True Balance Wellness, we can evaluate if patients have an open chain or a closed one. A closed chain means that their fixed position affects the movements of the joints and muscles so that it can lead to increased risk of injury or just overall stiffness and limited range of motion. We can focus on rehab therapy that isolates and strengthens areas of the body that are limited the overall kinetic chain from working more effectively.

To learn more about the massage therapy options we offer, contact us at 970-389-9200.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How does massage relieve stress?

Massage Therapy has been proven to help relieve stress in a variety of ways. Physiologically, levels of stress hormones like cortisol and norepenephrine, decrease during and after a massage session. Massage sessions relieve stress by reducing blood pressure, and inducing the production of brain-chemicals like serotonin and dopamine, causing the body and mind to relax deeply. 

How does massage reduce chronic pain?

Another benefit of massage therapy from a client perspective is how it helps clients become more aware of their bodies and better familiarize them with the pain they experience. Over time, as clients receive more bodywork, their biology slowly changes, and their awareness of their own physical pain is increased, making it easier to address and treat over time.

How does massage effect the nervous system?

Massage helps to turn “off” the sympathetic (fight or flight, adrenaline fueled) nervous system and turn “on” the parasympathetic nervous system. (rest and digest, relaxation portion) When the body is massaged, blood and lymph circulation is increased, which helps to move vital nutrients and oxygen to throughout the body to organs and muscles. Serotonin and endorphins essential for healthy mental functioning and decreasing depression and anxiety are secreted.

How does massage reduce muscle pain and soreness?

When the body is receiving massage, the therapist is manually lengthening muscle tissue. By increasing the amount of blood flow to these overused tissues, it increases the amount of oxygen and essential nutrients that reach the muscle tissue, and therefore help to repair and restructure the muscle tissue itself. Massage is most effective when received over a long-term schedule, for long-term results.  

When is the best time to receive massage?

Massage is excellent any time of year, any time of day, but if you’re particularly active, there are times when massage is more effective for tissue repair and muscle rejuvenation. Sports Massage is best to practice directly after a strenuous session of muscular use. This allows for healthy muscle development, increased blood and oxygen flow to muscles, and a quicker recovery rate, as well as increased flexibility and range of motion. Massage performed pre-event is particularly effective for reducing the chance of injury and pain during the event, and significantly quicker recovery. 

Do I need to be fully nude to receive massage?

While each and every massage is different, the client has the ultimate say in their level of comfort during the massage. The entire intent of massage therapy is for the client to be 100% comfortable and able to relax, and focus, for the entirety of the massage. Some clients prefer to be fully nude, others decide to keep some articles of clothing on. Sometimes choosing to wear clothing can interfere with the level of access to muscles that the therapist has, but it truly is up to the therapist and the client, to decide what would be most ideal and effective for each massage session. 

How do I know what type of massage to get?

Massage is a highly personalized healthcare modality. When you choose your therapist, do not hesitate to ask all the questions you need to, so that you can receive the best level of care for your particular needs. Finding a therapist that specializes in a certain modality is not as necessary if you don’t have specific goals to use massage to achieve. Do some research, ask different therapists about their unique treatment methods, and find what works best for you. Basic Deep Tissue is a good way to dip your toes into the massage healthcare realm, and get a good feel for a therapist. True Balance Healing offers over 10 modalities, that blend together to create a treatment session and plan as unique as you!