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Sports Massage Therapy

Is your sport or activity leaving you with muscle soreness?

If you’ve got sore muscles, joint stiffness, or body aches – it’s very tempting to think that it’s nothing, that it will go away on its own. Or, you pass it off as having just “overworked it”, or that it’s just a “muscular fatigue” or a bit of joint stiffness that “everyone” your age suffers from?

You can probably remember a time not that long ago when you used to bounce right back from a hard training session, tournament, or competition.

There’s no obvious reason why your recovery is slower and taking longer “than usual”, but you just can’t seem to recover quite as fast as before.

This could also be slowing down how hard your inner champion really want to push yourself, with fear of prolonged recovery and possible risk of injuries.

If that’s happening to you, you’re not alone. We hear this type of thing all the time! In fact, slower recovery times and overuse injuries are some of the most common problems that we see at our Sports Massage clinic in Fairfax, VA. And when it comes to living with muscle soreness and overuse injuries, everyone we see wants to know:

"Why is this happening to me? "

"Why am I still suffering with slower recovery times and stiff joints?"

Most people assume that when they get muscle soreness and overuse injuries, they’ll just going to go away on its own.

That they’ll wake up one morning and like “magic”, it’ll be as if you never played in that last game or went all out in your competition…But then a few days later becomes a week or more you’re still living with stiff joints and soreness in your muscles you just don’t realize you’ve been living with this pain.

Does that sound like you?

Returning to the gym, field, or competition after competition can seem routine…but what if I were to tell you we could actually speed up how your body recovers and heals itself without taking any drugs or relying on injections?

Sports Massage could be your missing link in the chain for athletic sustainability & preventing injuries!

If you’re currently living with muscle soreness and joint stiffness, here’s 4 reasons why it could de lasting longer than it should:

1. You thought the pain and soreness would go away on it’s own, but it didn’t.

You went to your gym trying to get your body to move like before – but then noticed you just could not push yourself like you normally can and fear if you do push hard you could only end up hurting yourself more

2. A family member or friend told you that everybody gets muscle soreness and stiff joints when they get older, so you just accepted it.

You tried doing old school static stretches and ice but nothing seemed to help

3. You tried Youtube exercises but they either didn’t do a thing or made your move even worse.

You thought it would be a good idea to just rest and not move because your soreness and stiff joints were so bad, but all that did was make it feel even more stiff and tight

4. You decided to adjust how hard you want to really push yourself due to fear of not moving as you did.

But all that did was make you feel frustrated and thought maybe you should just quick altogether.

Do you feel that way too?

If you’re currently living with muscle soreness and joint stiffness, here’s 4 Reasons why it could be lasting longer than it should:

1. First off, you need to make a decision about becoming proactive with your recovery.

You’ve tried the sit and wait thing, only to find out you were just missing out on valuable time that you can NOT get back

2. Learn how and why you should be using a foam roller.

The foam roller is one of the best recovery tools available, inside our FREE Athletes’ Guide To Foam Rolling, you’ll learn some of the best techniques to get the most out of your foam roller. If you haven’t tried foam rolling before, you’re in for a “feels-so good-when-it’s-done” treat! While you’ll likely feel more flexible and “looser” after your very first session … You’ll notice even BETTER results by foam rolling on a regular basis.

3. Do the right type of stretches, flexibility drills and recovery based exercises.

One of the best things to help you flush out toxins created during hard training, games or competition is to do the right series of low intensity progressed exercises – the right exercises carefully selected and given to you by a specialist sports massage therapist (recovery expert). The right exercises will help you reduce muscular pains, loosen up stiff joints, and allow you to move more freely again quickly.

4. Get a Sports Massage Therapy Treatment.

Massage Therapy, more importantly, Sports Massage Therapy has is proven to help youth to professional athletes recover faster while avoiding overuse injuries for years. In fact, muscle soreness and joint stiffness are the most common symptoms we see at Stretch Moves. If your muscular pains and joint stiffness are affecting your job, your ability to go HARD at the gym, keep active, if it threatens your independence or gets in the way of spending quality doing what you LOVE – Sports Massage Therapy can help you get back to living the life you deserve as quickly as possible.

The benefits of Sports Massage Therapy

How can a Sports Massage Therapy session help you?

Reduce muscle tension

Muscles can get tight and have tension with overuse, repetitive movements and over training.

Increase range of motion

After a hard workout, training session or game, joints may lose some range of motion causing you to create compensations.

Decrease delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)

After a hard workout, training session or game, joints may lose some range of motion causing you to create compensations.

Improve exercise performance

In order to perform your best, restoring and maintaining proper balance in your body is essential. Get improved performance by having muscles and joints move as efficiently as possible.
What can I expect from a Sports Massage Therapy Session?

After a Sports Massage Therapy, clients typically tell us their arm, legs, and body feel much lighter, not as heavy or sore and noticed of increased flexibility, improved range of motion with ease.

While feeling relaxed is typical during a traditional massage, sometime a Sports Massage can be sore especially with tight muscles and trigger points. We do our best to help keep you relaxed while addressing the restricted tissue to improve the healing process.

During your Sports Massage Therapy session, we ask our clients to come dressed as they would during a game or training session. Shorts and T-shirts are fine as we can work on areas over the clothes as well as use the Dolphin Neurostim™ OTC TENS device.

We love to combine all sorts of tricks and modalities to achieve the best outcomes for you, some of these include:

What is fascia?

Fascia (connective tissue) is made up of fibrous connective tissue, that is packed connective fibers that forms a weblike structure. Think of Spider-man’s costume underneath your skin and over top of your muscles.

It is designed to be soft, supple and elastic. Because of the physical and emotional trauma, negative habit patterns both physical and mental, disease and the natural desiccation of tissue as we age, fascia becomes hard, rigid, less elastic and gummy.

What does fascia serve?

It has many functions throughout the body, it is the only property of the body that has the ability to morph or reshape. Primarily fascia is a lubricant, that enables muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones to slide back and forth as the muscles contract. It also covers, contains and protects organs, blood vessels and thousands of nerve endings.

You don’t have to sacrifice the game you love over problems that can be fixed.

Jose Chacon, LPTA, LMT

Owner and Founder of Omni Wellness & Performance

What Other People Just Like You Are Saying About Omni Wellness & Performance In Fairfax

Read some of our 5-Star Reviews!

- Lauren B.

“Jose with Stretchmoves has been working with three of our family members over the past two years, my two daughters starting at age 12 and 16 and myself. He has helped us work through so many issues with muscle, joint and other body pain due to sports and general life activities. During the sessions, he clearly explains what he’s found and why he is suggesting certain movements and performing specific stretches. We have felt immediate improvement and significant reduction in pain from just the initial session. My daughters and I have remarked that walking out of a session we feel an inch taller and are pain-free. Jose also leaves us with a plan and exercises to work on outside of his sessions for continued improvement. He has a true skill for finding out how to help each one of us and making us feel so much better! “

- Liz L.

I began working with Jose at Stretch Moves due to back pain, poor posture and limited flexibility. During our sessions Jose works not only on stretching, but also explains with clear knowledge the anatomy and physiology of how the body works, as well as ways to move in a functional and pain free manner (bending, reaching, getting in and out of bed, up and down from sitting, lifting, etc). Each session allows for time to assess current goals, ask questions, stretch and if needed utilize state of the art equipment to assist in movement, pain management and flexibility. Jose also gives suggestions and exercises to work on carry over at home. I highly recommend working with Jose. My pain management, posture, functional movement and flexibility have all improved since I began and I consider Stretch Moves sessions an integral part of my health and wellness program.