Sports Massage Therapy
Contact: Daniel M. Chitwood, PT, LMT, NCTMB at 928.266.5338 for questions. Please visit our pricing page for the fee schedule.
Massage Therapy is the art of touch, giving and receiving.
We offer a multidisciplinary approach to bodywork that incorporates Swedish, Sports and Thai massage techniques as well as stretching and mobilization of the soft tissues. We go beyond the ‘typical’ massage.
Sports Massage is a specific treatment tailored to the needs of the athlete. Dan focuses on the management of acute and chronic injuries often seen with competitive athletes. Although data is still being collected and studies are in progress concerning the specific effects of Sports Massage, every athlete can greatly benefit from regular treatment to improve overall performance. Some examples include:
- Improve flexibility and range of motion
- Decreased fatigue
- Improved psychological restoration
- Improved training performance
- Decrease delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
- Decreased cortisol levels
- Decreased acute pain
Being an active Sports Massage Therapist as well as a Physical Therapist, Dan not only understands where the muscles originate and insert but how the muscles and joints function during static and dynamic motion. As an experienced practitioner he is knowledgeable in biomechanics, pain management, injury prevention and sports specific injuries to completely support every athlete. A runner is not treated in the same manner a cyclist might be or a baseball player versus a soccer player. Each sport has dynamic demands on the athletic body that is specific to the sport and Dan fully understands those demands and can treat them effectively.
A thorough interview will guide the therapist on how to best achieve the receiver's desired goals whether they are short- or long-term in nature. The more specific you are, the more specific we can be to suit your needs.
Treatments can be a ‘standard’ treatment in which the client/patient is fully disrobed and professionally draped with a sheet, or more ‘non-traditional’ where the receiver is fully clothed. Both options offer distinct advantages depending on the comfort and needs of the client.
At Pilates North we have highly trained and qualified Massage Therapists with multiple years of experience. Please visit us at Pilates North.
What Every Consumer Needs to Know Before Visiting a Massage TherapistDirectly from the AMTA Web Site
As more consumers turn to massage therapy for medical conditions and to relieve stress, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) wants to share some tips with the public to help them find a massage therapist who is trained and qualified to practice.
Consumers should ask the following questions of a massage therapist before getting a massage:
- Are you licensed to practice massage?
- Are you a member of the American Massage Therapy Association?
- Where did you receive your massage therapy training and how many hours of initial training did you have?
- Are you Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork?
AMTA professional members have demonstrated a level of skill and knowledge through education and/or testing and are required to meet continuing education standards to retain membership. Consumers can rest assured that their massage therapist has met minimum education and training standards if he or she is a member of AMTA.
People today look to massage therapy for more than pampering. In fact, ten years of consumer surveys by AMTA indicate adult Americans seek massage for health and medical conditions more than just because it feels good. And, more than ever, other healthcare providers often refer their patients to massage therapists.
Recent research shows that massage provides relief for chronic low back pain, eases pain and muscle spasms following bypass surgery, and is effective in treating lymphedema, a condition common among mastectomy survivors.
AMTA - March, 2007