As athletes, we are often pushing ourselves physically and mentally in
pursuit of our sport. Training, eating right, mental preparation and
dealing with sports injuries are just a few of the challenges that every
athlete has to deal with. Athletic Edge understands and
appreciates the efforts and sacrifices made by you, let us create
massage-based treatment sessions that focus on what you need the most. (Also see Sports Massage Page.)
– We’re here for you if you get injured. We understand what it’s like
to sit out of training or a game due to an injury. Whether it’s a muscle
pull, joint pain or recovery from surgery, we are trained to get you
back in the game as quickly as possible while preventing further injury
Our Massage Therapists Will Support You!
We understand athletes! Weekend warriors to professional athletes can
expect our massage therapists to provide you more than a typical Sports
Massage. We’ll customize your massage treatment plan, review your
training routine, educate you on your imbalances and empower you to take
care of yourself with stretches and strengthening routines. Our therapists have worked with professional athletes and teams for over two decades.
What Are The Different Types of Sports Massage?
Injury Prevention – With a sport-specific focus, we
will assess your biomechanical imbalances, areas of tightness and range
of motion and provide therapeutic treatments to help “rebalance” your
body. We also provide stretches & home therapy (such as foam roller
and self-massage techniques) specific to your body to help prevent
injuries from occurring.
Maintenance – You have reached a high level of
fitness, let us help you keep it. Weekly or bi-monthly sessions designed
to reduce recovery time between intense workouts, decrease muscle
tightness, release holding patterns and reduce the potential for injury.
Pre-Event – A light, invigorating session designed
to prepare your body and mind for your event. This massage is usually
scheduled 24 hours before competition.
At-the-Event – Participating in a multi-day event or want us to be present at your competition? Similar to “Pre-Event” massage, this session removes lactic acid
buildup and cellular waste, speeds recovery for tired, aching muscles
and prepares you physically and mentally for your competition.
Post Event – This session focuses on restoring your
body to its pre-event condition by reducing recovery time, treating
injuries and relaxing muscles. We recommend you receive this work within
48 hours of your competition.
Physical benefits of sports massage:
Pumping and stroking movements in massage remove the fluid through blood and
lymph vessels. By increasing the pressure in the front of the stroke, a vacuum
is created behind. This is especially important in tight or damaged muscle
tissue (as a tight muscle will act similar to a sponge with blood, and deprive
the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair.)
Increased tissue permeability – Deep massage causes the pores in tissue
membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps
remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourages the muscles to take up
oxygen and nutrients, which helps the muscles recover more quickly.
Stretching – Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the
usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibers are stretched vertically as well as
horizontally. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the
muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up.
Break down scar tissue – Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or
trauma and can continually affect muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This can
lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain.
Improve tissue elasticity – Hard training can make tissues hard an inelastic.
This is one reason why hard and intensive training may not result in
improvements. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues.
Opens micro-circulation – Massage increases blood flow to tissues (as does
exercise), but massage opens/dilates the blood vessels and by stretching them,
nutrients are able to pass through more easily
Physiological benefits of sports massage:
Pain reduction – Tension and waste products in muscles often cause pain.
Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the body’s
Relaxation – Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation, and stretching.
Mechanoreceptors that sense touch, pressure, tissue length, and warmth are
stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.
Psychological benefits of massage:
Anxiety reduction – Through the effects mentioned above, relaxation is induced
and so reduces anxiety levels.
Invigorating – If massage is done with brisk movements (such as what would be
done before an event) then this can produce an invigorating feeling.
Athletic Edge treats injuries and dysfunctions such as:
Tendinitis, Ankle Sprains, Carpal Tunnel, Plantar Fasciitis, Low Back Pain,
Muscle Strains/Tears, Frozen Shoulder, IT Band Syndrome, Tension and Migraine
Headaches, Scar Tissue.
Athletic Edge Prevents Injury and Enhances Performance By: Accelerating Healing/Recovery After Workouts, Loosening Tight Muscles, Reducing Swelling/Bruising/Pain, Stimulating Weakened Muscles, Increasing Range of Motion, Promoting Blood and Lymph Flow, and Boosting the Immune System.
Why Choose Athletic Edge?
Every athlete looks for an edge. What separates you from everyone else?
Let Athletic Edge be your edge. In addition to highly skilled
massage therapists, Athletic Edge has a team of sports and injury specialists who can assess and treat your issues and collaborates with
professionals of chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy and others.
Please call and let us help you find your edge.
The staff at Athletic Edge takes great pride in our ability to help
athletes and injure clients reach their full potential. We work in
conjunction with doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists,
acupuncturists and other health care professionals to provide our
clients with the highest level of care possible. We have treated
everything from pulled muscles, whiplash and joint pain to scoliosis,
carpal tunnel syndrome and severe nerve pain. And if you’re an athlete,
we will create a session unique to your needs using the same knowledge,
skills and experience we have developed working with professional level
athletes from the NFL, MLS, World Cup, Olympians, International Rugby
teams, professional cyclists, runners, triathletes, rock climbers and
many other sports. Athletic Edge experience combines years of massage
experience, including executive planning and execution of therapy for
the Tennessee Titans, Country Music Awards, Academy of Country Music
Awards, Music City Marathon, Rock N' Roll Marathon, Salt Lake City
Olympics, Vanderbilt Athletics, Stanford Athletics, and various NFL
teams across the country. Athletic Edge is staffed with licensed and
nationally certified (NCTMB) massage therapists who have a common goal
when it comes to client needs: utilizing massage techniques to treat
athletic injuries, and also aid in the prevention of future damage to
soft tissues. Athletic Edge maintains the highest standards in massage
therapy, requiring our therapists to have over 1,200 hours of education,
a state and city permit for practicing, and a minimum of 2,000 hours of
client experience. Most of our therapists far exceed these
requirements, and they are equipped with extensive clinical experience
and thousands of practice hours on their resume. Our certified clinical
massage therapists and neuromuscular therapists have been trained in
Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy (NMT) and
other forms of soft tissue work to provide a variety of therapy options
to meet your wellness needs. Each therapist also holds a professional
membership with the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
SPORTS MASSAGE FAQ
So, what exactly is Sports Massage? Sports Massage is a style of bodywork that addresses the
particular needs of athletes. Sports Massage is a special form of
massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events,
as well as off-season, pre-season and post-season massage. The purpose
of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain
away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote
flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports Massage utilizes a mixture
of techniques ranging from Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy,
Structural Integration (similar to Rolfing®), Myofascial Release, and
Facilitated Stretching. The final ingredient is a therapist that
understands the demands that your sport has on your body, and how to
address those demands with Sports Massage.
What are the benefits of Sports Massage for an athlete? Some of the most exciting benefits of Sports Massage are: enhanced
athletic performance, faster workout recovery, fewer injuries and faster
recovery from injury, restored flexibility and range of motion, removal
of lactic acid buildup, extending the overall life of your athletic
career, reducing feelings of stress, and maintaining the body in better
Will Sports Massage help my injury? Yes. Sports massage is proven to reduce recovery time, sometimes
dramatically, by shortening the time it takes for injuries to heal, and
makes the after effects "better". Sports Massage reduces the swelling
and edema associated with soft tissue injuries. After a serious injury,
Sports Massage helps form strong pliable scar tissue instead of the
usual random stiff scar tissue, so that range of motion and tissue
extensibility are maintained.
A short list of benefits are:
Shortens the time it takes for an injury to heal.
Helps to reduce swelling and edema.
Helps to form soft, pliable scar tissue.
Maintains or increases range of motion.
Eliminates splinting in associated muscle tissue.
Locates and deactivates "trigger points" that form as a result of the original trauma.
Helps get the athlete back into training sooner with less chance of re-injury.
Will Sports Massage really make me stronger or faster, or increase my performance? Yes, in an indirect way. Sport Massage tweaks your body to a state of
higher efficiency so that you can get an extra 20% more - more speed,
more strength, more performance. Sports Massage breaks down muscle
adhesions, relieves knots, increases range of motion, decreases pain,
increases circulation, stretches tight muscles, reduces stiffness and
generally reduces the negative after effects of hard training. This
means you can train harder than you ever have before. You can excel to
higher levels than you thought possible.
Will Sports Massage help me extend my sports career? Yes. The prominent cause of diminishing athletic ability with aging is
due to years of micro-trauma from maximum exertion coupled with the
cumulative results of old unresolved injuries. When Sports Massage is
used on a regular basis, the effects of these traumas are lessened. The
effects of injuries are overcome. The muscle tissues and fascia remain
supple and pliable much longer. The musculoskeletal system keeps full
range of motion. Couple these benefits with the extra 20% performance
that Sports Massage gives you, then the natural "slowdown" associated
with aging is pushed back to a much later time.
How often should I get a Sports Massage? That depends on several factors such as training volume and intensity,
whether or not you have chronic pain or acute injury, and other factors.
For some athletes, a massage twice a week gives huge results. Other athletes
only get an occasional Sports Massage if they're in pain. The best way
to reduce the effects of hard training is with regular Sports Massage.
We suggest you try a series of 5 or 6 Sports Massages to see how you
feel when the positive effects accumulate. Then you'll be able to decide
how often you need a Sports Massage. However, it is a fact that even
getting massaged once or twice a month regularly has long lasting positive
Will one single Sports Massage "fix" my problems? Sometimes yes. If you have a tight painful neck and shoulder complex you
can expect to come away from a Sports Massage experiencing a lot of
relief, at least for a while. But it probably took you months or years
to get that way. It's not reasonable to expect permanent relief from an
hour session of Sports Massage.
The effects of Sports Massage are very much like the effects of athletic
training. Your first bike ride won't turn you into Lance Armstrong. But
a consistent training program will turn you into a competitive cyclist.
So it is with Sports Massage. Consistent Sports Massage can offer very
positive results to chronic issues and painful conditions.
The therapists at Athltic Edge are experienced with the issues seen in
modern sports and athletics. We will be able to assess your issues and
help you design a program to help you overcome them in the shortest
What is lactic acid buildup and how does Sports Massage help with that? Lactic acid is a constituent part of the cellular metabolic cycle.
During strenuous anaerobic exercise the levels of lactic acid can rise
to high levels, causing fatigue and a burning feeling in the muscle
tissues. The high levels of lactate can linger longer than most of us
would wish for.
One way to diminish that burning feeling in our muscles is with a
recovery style Sports Massage. The long strokes of a recovery Sports
Massage aids circulation. The stagnant blood and fluids are "pumped"
toward the heart and liver. Freshly oxygenated blood rushes into the
muscle tissue, giving a refreshed relaxed feeling to sore muscles. After
a post-workout Sports Massage, recovery from a grueling workout or
training session is much more brief.
Is Sports Massage painful It depends on the conditions and problem areas that we are addressing, and the type of sports massage. If we are doing a session as a warm-up for an event, or if you have an event within 72 hours, we will not do any deep work. Deep work can change your muscle structure, and we do not want to do that before an event. It's typical to be sore for several days after a deep
Sports Massage. If it's your off-season, or if you're just in training and don't have any immediate events, we would probably look at using deeper work to address any problematic areas, and prevent future injuries. If you have an event coming up, a pre-event Sports Massage would be the right choice before
a race. Pre-event Sports Massage boosts circulation and flexibility. It
leaves muscles relaxed and ready for action. Pre-event massage can help
prevent muscle and tendon injuries and improve performance.
Are there times that I shouldn't get a Sports Massage? Yes. Contraindications are conditions when you should not be massaged.
The most common condition among athletes is that of an acute injury or
inflammation. Usually the first 72 hours after an injury are the acute
stage. After the swelling and pain begin to diminish, massage is
A partial list of contraindications are: fever, vascular conditions,
severe heart disease, contagious skin conditions, inflammation,
abrasions, cuts, hematomas, cancer, neuritis, recent surgery, infectious
diseases, diabetes with vascular dysfunction, fractures, and acute
injury. There are too many possible conditions to list here so it is
your responsibility to alert the therapist of any medical condition or
injury before a massage begins. Some conditions are localized so massage
may take place except in the affected area.
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