What are the Benefits of Myofascial Release Massage?

At Loosen Up Bodywork, we provide sports and rehabilitative massage to help our clients achieve pain-free movement. One of the massage services that we offer is Myofascial release massage. Even though it is one of the most common forms of massage—and accessible in your own home—many people do not recognize the benefits of myofascial release massage. Here are some of the many benefits of myofascial release massage! For some of the best sports massage services in San Ramon, reach out to us today!

What is Myofascial Release Massage?

Myofascial release massage is a form of massage that targets the connective tissue within your muscles to release tightness and relieve pain. Myofascial tissue spreads throughout your body, presenting a great opportunity to not only target a specific part of your body, but also relieve pain and tightness in just about every area of your body. Pain that has to do with myofascial tissue occurs where this tissue intersects. At Lesson Up Bodywork, we are able to target this tissue and relieve tightness all over your body.

Reduces Pain

By getting a myofascial release massage, you can loosen up tight muscles and release soreness from physical or other kinds of activities. After you workout or participate in any athletic activity, your muscles have likely undergone stress, and that soreness is the result of them becoming more used to physical activity. By getting a myofascial release massage, that soreness can be worked out of a muscle and accelerate your recovery process.

Reduces Stress

Tight muscles are a huge cause of stress. Just think of the last time you had someone rub your back or neck. Did you feel less stressed afterward? Odds are the answer to that question is ‘yes.’ Myofascial massage can help to release tightness in your muscles that may be causing emotional tension in addition to physical tension. Reach out to us today if you are in need of a relaxing massage.

Improves Your Range of Motion

Flexibility is vital in any athletic endeavor. Being flexible can help you to perform better and protect you from injury. But, when muscles and the surrounding tissue become tight, flexibility will drop off slightly. Getting a myofascial release massage can loosen up those muscles and help your flexibility to recover. With regular myofascial massages, your range of motion can actually improve past its current state. If you are looking to become more flexible, getting regular myofascial release massages can help your flexibility to grow!

At Loosen Up Bodywork, we are committed to helping you recover and grow your athletic abilities. From myofascial release and trigger point massage to lymphatic drainage and more, we offer a wide variety of services to improve your physical and emotional wellbeing. Schedule an appointment and book your myofascial massage today!

4 Ways Sports Performance Massages Can Improve Your Performance

As an athlete, it’s important to take care of your body, and specifically your muscles. Sports massages use several different techniques to give you personalized care. At Loosen Up Bodywork, we base your care off of your training, competition, and recovery schedules, giving you the best care possible. For those living in the San Ramon, California area, we provide results-oriented bodywork that will improve your sports performance. Keep reading to learn four ways sports performance massages can improve your performance. 


Reduce Inflammation and Pain

Inflammation is a troublesome source of many problems, but dealing with pain is burdensome. At Loosen Up Bodywork, our massage therapists work on the source of inflammation, relieving your pain. By relaxing the muscle tissue, we can free your muscles from spasms and contractions that can also lead to nerve compression. Sports performance massages reduce your muscle inflammation, which further reduces your pain.


Promote Healing

Healing is an essential part of being an athlete, and finding faster healing for your strained muscles or sprained ligaments is vital. With sports performance massages, you can speed up your muscle recovery and healing. At Loosen Up Bodywork, we work in collaboration with your health team and doctors. Our massage therapists use their unique and experienced skill set to work with your muscles, to influence healthy healing. 


Decrease Risk of Injury

Injury is a part of sports, and with the right care and trained technicians, you can take care of your injuries properly, which can lower your risk of future injury. At Loosen Up Bodywork, we use a combination of techniques, feedback, and body response to develop your unique treatment plan. By creating a personalized plan, we can be sure your body is responding in a productive and healthy way. Sports massages are a great way to maintain your muscles while decreasing your risk of injury.


Improved Range of Motion

Range of motion is a crucial part of your sports performance. Through the use of sports performance massages, you can improve your range of motion. At Loosen Up Bodywork, our massages work to relax your muscles, allowing the muscle fibers to loosen and become more flexible. By increasing your tissue elasticity, you can reduce injuries while improving your range of motion. 


By maintaining the health of your muscles through sports massage therapy, you can improve your performance. Loosen Up Bodywork provides those in San Ramon, California, with top-quality sports massages, curated to your body’s needs. Book your appointment today!

Single Sided Sports Recovery

With the French open in full swing, I thought it would be fun to give some tips on recovering from sports with some specific examples if you play tennis.

Many sports require excessive single sided use without a good option for training to develop our non-dominant side.  Tennis is a perfect example. If your sport if choice requires lots of single sided use, then warm up and stretching will be even more important for you.

Warming up pre-practice and light stretching afterwards, however minor it may seem, makes a significant difference in how we recover. A good warm up will provide fresh fluids to your muscles to lubricate them and provide the compounds necessary for proper performance.  Elasticity is also increased post warm-up, which will reduce your risk injury.  Here’s a simple example of a warm up routine:

The stretching piece rings your muscles out of all the used up fluids that are now oxygen poor and rich in metabolic wastes.  That fluid is replenished when your stretch is released once again with nutrient dense fluids to aid your muscles in recovering.  There is a second added benefit of reminding your central nervous system of your full range of motion.  Pecs and adductors are highly used in tennis; here are a couple of good examples of how to stretch those:

     adductor stretch

 

We always love giving our clients tools to help them recover from the sports they enjoy, so if you would like to have a specific routine for your particular sport, schedule your appointment today.  Keep moving and we hope to see you soon.

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