Some people think that massage is purely for relaxation, but the truth is, it could also be used to treat some sports injuries.
An Indian Head Massage, for instance, works to massage the scalp, neck, and shoulders. It sprung from ancient Ayurvedic healing that believes in energy channels the same way acupuncture does.
When you massage the area, the energy pathways open up and blood flows freely, encouraging healing. The Indian head massage is good for athletes who suffer from:
Of course, there are other types of massage and the therapist may suggest a different kind depending on your injury and preference.
Cupping is another alternative therapy for sports injuries, particularly muscle soreness. Also called myofascial decompression, the therapist uses a glass or a medical-grade silicone cup, a cotton ball, and fire.
First, the therapist will light the cotton ball and place it inside the glass or cup. After removing the cotton balls, the glass will be inverted and placed on top of the affected or injured area. The heat inside the glass will “pull the impurities” out of the body.
In the 2016 Summer Olympics, swimming champion Michael Phelps used this method.
If you have seen a person “jolting” another person’s spinal joint, you have probably seen a chiropractor in action.
The chiropractic adjustment is a procedure wherein a trained chiropractor applies sudden and controlled force on the spinal joint. The goal is to alleviate the pain and “realign the vertebrae.”
However, the chiropractic adjustment is just a part of the chiropractic therapy. Typically, chiropractic therapy involves massage therapy, physical therapy, and spinal decompression.