Sports massage is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition and to help athletes to recover from workouts and injuries.
Sports massage is a generic term for three different types of massage associated with athletic performance. Each type of massage has its own benefits and uses different techniques.
Pre-event sports massage is done to help prevent serious injury. It helps to warm up the muscles, stretching them and making them flexible for optimal athletic performance. A pre-event massage stimulates the flow of blood and nutrients to the muscles, reduces muscle tension, loosens the muscles, and produces a feeling of psychological readiness.
Post-event - Whenever athletes exercise heavily, their muscles suffer microtraumas. Small amounts of swelling occur in the muscle because of tiny tears. Post-event sports massage helps reduce the swelling caused by micro traumas; loosens tired, stiff muscles; helps maintain flexibility; promotes blood flow to the muscle to remove lactic acid and waste build-up; and reduces cramping. In addition, post event massage helps speed the athlete's recovery time and alleviates pulls, strains and soreness.
Maintenance massage is done at least once a week as a regular part of athletic training programs, although professional athletes who have their own massage therapists may have maintenance massage daily. Maintenance massage increases the flow of blood and nutrients to the muscles. It also keeps the tissue loose so that different layers of muscle slide easily over each other. maintenance sports massage also helps reduce the development of scar tissue while increasing flexibility and range of motion.
The goal of all sports massage is to maximise athletic performance. Athletes in different sports will concentrate the massage on different parts of the body. Conditions that generally respond well to massage as a complementary therapy include;
Muscle pain and stiffness
Repetitive strain injuries
Magali Salgado is a registered Physiotherapist in France and Clinical Massage Therapist having graduated in 2012 from the French Physiotherapy Institute, IFPEK in France.
She has worked in a variety of clinical environments, many of those being multi-disciplinary clinics and with a number of health professionals. From these professional exchanges, she has furthered her knowledge and work experience.
Using Evidence Based Medicine as a guideline, she credits IFPEK for helping her build a critical and open-minded way of practice.
Her primary aim is to restore and inspire motivation through sport activities, daily routine habits for patients with musculoskeletal, respiratory issues and sport injuries.
Her main focus lies on Sports Massage, Sports Rehabilitation, Lymphatic Drainage, Respiratory Kinesitherapy and Neuro-Dynamic functioning.
She is fully committed to provide her patients with autonomy and self-comprehension of their body mechanics to aid healing and avoid further chronic diseases.
She continues her studies through short and long term training courses as she believes Physiotherapy is ever evolving.
Magali treats babies with "Kiné Respiratoire", toddlers, teenagers and adults.
She is fluent in French, Portuguese, Spanish and English.