From the BSMC Blog

Use massage to improve your surfing

by | Mar 28, 2017

Surfers take a lot of pounding that, by the end of day, leaves them with tight, sore muscles. Tense muscle can have a domino effect, spreading through the entire body and affecting nerves, muscle and bones. Regular massage addresses this problem by easing muscles and enabling the body to maintain a healthy posture and balance.

Sport Massage has been shown to improve athletic performance up to 20% by increasing circulation, decreasing anxiety, honing concentration, maintaining flexibility and improving healing time, it also helps to stimulate the nervous system, invigorate muscles and boost energy.

Various massage techniques enhance the body’s own recovery process, improving a return to high-level performance and reducing the risk of the common surfer injuries, such as whiplash, sciatic nerve pain, Thoracic outlet syndrome, lower back pain, and “noodle arms”

Different type of massages:

Swedish Relaxation Massage

Swedish massage uses a number of techniques designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones. This increases the oxygen flow in blood and release toxins from muscles. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic and uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It also stretches the ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple and pliable.

Structural Deep Tissue Massage

Structural massage uses deep tissue massage techniques to access the deeper tissues of the body and the myofascial connective tissues to ease restrictions and enhance mobility and range of motion. Structural massage is particularly effective in relieving pain from repetitive stress and overuse injuries.

Gary, massage therapist and passionate surfer, is working on a treatment designed for surfers and other ocean sport where paddling is concerned. Stand up paddle, surf ski, lifesaving, ocean swimming etc.

A massage for Surfers is aimed at keeping you in top, flexible, pain free form, with increased range of motion and less risk of injury.The treatment focuses on muscles and connective tissues specifically used during a surfing session. It aids in ridding lactic acid and preventing DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness).

A variety of specific massage and stretching techniques will be used appropriately throughout the treatment.

Whether you are planning to compete, suffering an injury or merely desiring to maintain top form, the team at Torquay Sports Medicine Centre can help keep you out in the water!