Pitching Massage Therapy

By Steven Ellis former Chicago Cubs pitching pro

Studies have shown that therapeutic massage has definite physiological effects within the human body. In fact, massage offers a whole range of therapeutic benefits. Primarily, therapeutic massage has a pronounced affect on the circulatory and lymphatic systems. It increases the flow of blood and lymph to and from particular regions. Increased blood flow to a damaged area of the body will deliver more oxygen and nutrients to the area, therefore enhancing the recovery period of a baseball pitching injury.

By increasing lymphatic flow away from the damaged area will remove metabolic waste and fluid from the region, which reduce the swelling and increases range of motion of the involved muscle or joint. Massage also decreases cardiac rate, so the recovering patient receives the benefits of increases circulation without having undue strain placed upon the cardiac tissue.

The physical manipulation of muscle tissue during a therapeutic massage session stimulates endorphin (morphine-like) production, which is a natural way to reduce pain and discomfort. As a form of passive exercise, massage increases muscle elasticity and strength as well as joint flexibility and range of motion. This counteracts many of the atrophying (weakening) effects of a lengthy incapacitation. Therapeutic massage reduces the formation of adhesions, fibrosis, and scar tissue, which allows the recovering patient to regain mobility faster without the continuing hindrance of extensive scarring.

Therapeutic massage counteracts the detrimental effects of being bedridden or even movement impaired. Recovery rate in general is accelerated due to the physiological effects of therapeutic massage. Normal lifestyles and habits can be re-attained if massage is used as an adjunct to rehabilitation.

Massage therapy is often used in pitcher rehabilitation programs post-surgically, because it enables the pitcher to return to his prior level of function at a greater rate. The use of myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy and passive range of motion of both the involved shoulder and elbow areas are key elements in his rehabilitation on both muscular and cellular levels.

Trigger Points

Trigger points are like knots in the muscle, usually more common when you are under a lot of stress. Also a change in workouts or mechanics can cause them to occur. You can find them by having someone running their fingers along the upper boarder and spine side if the scapula (shoulder blade) they can also find just under the shoulder blade in the same area.

To get rid of then you need to use moist heat for about 15 min. along with stretching. If your know someone that can do pressure massage to the area that can be helpful. Another injury it could be, is from straining the subscapularis (a muscle that is attached to the under side of the shoulder blade. If you have accesses to a Certified Athletic Trainer, I would recommend you get an evaluation to determine what your injury is.


 

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