Surfers are among a growing number of sports participants who recognize the physiological and psychological benefits they experience from massage, and how massage is now an important component of their conditioning regime for that competitive edge. Sports massage techniques supplement the body’s own recuperation process, to accelerate a return to peak performance and reducing the risk of injuries.
Surfing is a test of physical and mental endurance, leaving a surfer with tense, sore muscles at the end of a surfing session. Aching muscles can initiate a chain reaction of discomfort, throughout the body affecting nerves, muscles and bones. Regular massage cannot only alleviate the soreness but may also prevent most of the pain occurring and allowing the body to maintain a healthy posture and balance.
Sports massage is reputed to improve athletic performance by as much as 20 per cent by increasing circulation, minimizing anxiety, sharpening concentration, maintaining flexibility, and improving recovery time. Regular massage therapy helps to activate the nervous system, invigorate muscles and energise the mind.
Common Aches And Pains Caused By Surfing
The long-term effect of deficient posture leads to pernicious aches and pains, typically in the lower back, neck, and shoulders. The poor postures we typically see in office worker are rounded shoulders, collapsed chest and head projecting forward. However, in surfing the paddling position creates a different dilemma. Paddling places significant demand on the upper trapezius (across the shoulders above the shoulder blades) and rhomboids muscles (between the shoulder blades).
What Are The Major Problem Areas Causing Soreness And Tightness?
Shoulders problems arise from imbalances, because of overuse, poor technique, and lack of flexibility. Correct paddling technique requires hyperextension of the upper body creating excessive tension in the neck, shoulders, upper back and torso. Poor breathing technique gives rise to tightness in the chest from, muscle shortening and core instability. Overworked muscle stabilising the torso, can provoke low back. As a surfer, it’s imperative to minimize the short and long-term effects on your body with a simple regime that includes warming up, cooling down, breathwork, stretching and strength training.
How Can Massage Solve These Issues?
Massage combined with therapist-assisted sports stretches will help restore range of motion in the neck, shoulders and thoracic spine. Muscle energy techniques are used to open up the chest, and mobilisations to loosen tension in the upper back, shoulders, and neck regions.