Tennis is a difficult sport when you consider the amount of running players have to do. Add in the forceful, repetitive motions that players’ bodies must endure in order to master serves, volleys, forehands and backhands, and you have a sport that places a lot of stress on muscles, joints and ligaments. Our sports massage therapists are trained to recognize potential injuries that tennis players are prone to, and provide therapeutic sports massage therapy to keep you and your players healthy during training and matches.
- Stay fresh during long stretches of intense training. Sports massage therapy targets sore muscles and joints, increasing circulation and allowing lactic acid and other metabolic wastes to drain away.
- Prevent and reduce the extent of injuries that can occur over the course of a season.
- Help players loosen up and get energized before matches, as well as help them cool down and remain fresh after their matches are over.
Besides the general benefits provided by sports massage therapy, there are also injuries and issues specific to tennis that sports massage therapy can help:
- Tennis Elbow. The pain and tenderness that comes from this ailment can end or severely curtail the playing of any tennis player, especially those over the age of 30. The increase in circulation that sports massage therapy provides helps remove unwanted elements that inflame symptoms of tennis elbow. Sports massage around the elbow will also help the flexibility and strength of the muscles surrounding the injured area, helping to relieve stress placed on the tendon.
- Trigger points. These highly sensitive and irritable spots in muscles can cause pain and limit range of motion, often in areas separate from where the trigger points are located. Our sports massage therapists are trained to spot trigger points and provide direct sports massage therapy that will decrease the deferred pain they cause, helping to improve your play.
- Back, knee, and calf pain. Sports massage helps improve players’ level of strength and health through increased circulation and the removal of harmful bodily wastes. Massage therapy directly to these injury-prone areas will help keep them healthy during training and subsequent tennis matches.
Sports Massage for Tennis Pros – How It Can Help Your Athletic Performance
Contact us and provide yourself or your team with therapeutic sports massage therapy from our professional massage therapists. Whether you are a competitive player, or a more recreational one, our sports massage therapists can help ensure that your performance will match your potential and that your playing experience overall will be as painless a possible. Contact us today to ensure the best possible result for you and your tennis team.
By Excel V. Dyquiangco
One of the infamous injuries when playing the sport of tennis, or even the sport of golf, is what is called tennis or golf elbow, or in scientific terms, lateral epicondylitis, which describes a sort pain on the outside part of the elbow. Tennis elbow symptoms happen when there is damage to the end of the tendon that connects lower-arm and hand muscles to the upper arm bone at the elbow.
Because of the repetitive twisting movement of the hands, wrist or forearm done during the holding of the racquet, the flinching the ball to the other side of the court, or the repetitive movement of the wrists in handling golf clubs, as always, tennis and golf players are usually the ones most prone to this kind of ailment.
But there are also some activities in which tennis elbow plays a huge part, such as gardening, carpentry or just plain using the screwdriver or scissors for any kinds of activities.
There are many ways in which to cure tennis elbows and the most common is through surgery. The doctor may suggest an arthroscopic examination of your outer elbow area, with a plan to do surgery if necessary. The most common types of tennis elbow surgery are:
- Removal of scar tissue from the damaged tendon area.
- Release (cutting) of the tendon that attaches the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle to the bone. The ECRB attachment is thought to be the most common site of tennis elbow damage.
There are also other types of procedures which include:
- Drilling small, shallow holes in the bone to encourage growth of new blood vessels. This helps bring blood to the area and stimulates tendon healing.
- Repairing (reattaching) tendon tears if it’s possible to do it without overtightening the tendon.
But of course, with this procedure, many opt to lay their chances on a treatment that is less expensive – through massage. Massage does not only alleviate the pain but it actually helps cure what is inside too – parts that are pertinent to the said injury such as the digestive system, the immune system, the brain and the nervous system.
And best of all, massage therapy includes the power of touch which as everyone knows have an inductive effect to pain.
Massage actually stimulates the brain to release endorphins which help to control pain and alleviate tension, especially when tennis or golf players experience these on their wrists. Massage can make anyone more tranquil if stressed, or invigorate if tired. In addition to endorphins, blood levels of the hormone noradrenaline rise during massage, which has a feel-good effect on our mood.
For the skin, bloodstream and muscles, massage improves the efficiency of the oil and sweat glands and thus the skin’s role in temperature control. It also increases oxygenated blood flow to the skin and muscles and helps rid the body of toxins. Levels of myoglobin — a protein found only in muscle tissue and associated with the transport of oxygen in the blood — rise significantly within three hours of massage. Painful contracted muscles are soothed by the effects of massage.
In the digestive system, the production of saliva and digestive juices is increased thus improving digestion. Massage can also help resolve constipation and increase urine output.
On the other hand, the immune system also stimulates the lymphatic system which carries large numbers of white blood cells, mostly lymphocytes, which help to protect against viral infections and cancer, and detoxify waste products, such as lactic acid, when they are released into the bloodstream.