Having a Sports massage during the winter is probably more important than it is in the Summer periods. Whatever the season, athletes and office workers should take to the table at least once a month.
During autumn as we approach winter, our bodies become slow and our immune system starts to slow with the temperature, increase of virus’s and colds. Whilst having a massage with a cold or flu won’t be any good for you or your therapist as you wouldn’t want one of us to go down as we then won’t be able to do our job. More importantly having a massage whilst feeling rough will just make you feel better.
What is the lymph System?
Your Lymph System is a vascular system that if found just underneath the skin. It is your waste management system and helps the body remove toxins and by products from chemical reactions.
The lymphatic system is made up of lymph vessels, lymph nodes and lymphatic fluid. Your spleen, thymus, tonsils and adenoids are also part of the lymphatic system. There are over 600 lymph nodes located in a plethora of locations around the body. The lymph nodes job are to filter lymphatic fluid until it reaches the thoracic duct where is it is filtered again; before being reabsorbed by the blood stream. The lymphatic fluid is in fact made up of clear fluid which contains white blood cells.
There are numerous types of soft tissue injuries that many of us suffer with at some point in time whether this is through a normal, daily activity, a sporting injury or maybe even a work injury. Sports and Remedial massage is one of the best treatments for these types of injuries and the benefits can be great at getting you back to full fitness.
One common injury is a muscular strain which will most likely occur when a muscle or muscle group is overstretched and a tear occurs in the muscle fibres as a result of this. There are varying degrees of muscle tears; a Grade 1 tear is where up to 5% of a muscle’s fibres are torn which will cause some discomfort to the area but should have healed fully within 2 or 3 weeks. A Grade 2 tear is where up to 50% of muscle fibres tear causing a more intense pain with some swelling and bruising as well as some loss of movement and should repair within 3 to 6 weeks depending on the severity. A Grade 3 tear is a major tear to a muscle or a complete rupture ranging from 50% to 100% of muscle fibres torn. A lot of pain will be felt and often a popping or snapping sound may be heard where the tear occurred as well as ineffective movement in the damaged area, bruising, and swelling and because a muscle contracts when it is torn, a groove can be seen where it has gathered at one end.