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Persist to Be Pain Free at Athletic Touch Massage

By Elisha Neubauer

An athlete's body takes a lot of trauma, which takes a toll on the body over time. For those looking to ease or correct the effects experienced from athletics, a regular practice of massage can do wonders.

Ruth Cummings, owner of Athletic Touch Massage in Albuquerque, New Mexico, understands this and places a focus on treating athletes at her private practice.

"For athletes in training, a regular massage during their training time can really decrease the time in which they heal," Cummings said. "Their body gets used to what it needs to recover: not just regular massage, but stretching, foam rolling, rest, hydration, and the massage becomes an important part of the healing process."

When beginning a routine massage practice, it is best to stick with the same massage therapist for several sessions to gain the best outcome. The therapist will gradually learn how your muscles respond. This will allow your therapist to work with your body instead of against it, and ultimately get you out of pain faster. In addition, the benefits of massage are accumulative. For injuries or chronic pain, one hour of massage might not be enough to unwind the knotted muscles. It may take several sessions.

According to Cummings, an injured athlete can benefit from massage in many ways.

"First, massage can take the edge off the pain immediately," Cummings said. "Next, for me as a massage therapist, I try to find the cause of the pain from all around the body."

Surprisingly, the root of the pain pattern can often be different from where you actually feel the pain.

"My goal is to first get the acute pain to calm down," Cummings said. "But the real challenge is to find and address the root cause so the pain NEVER returns."

This process can be quite challenging, for both Cummings and patient but the end result is worth it. Cummings strives to give hope to anyone in chronic pain.

"Keep fighting, keep looking and persist in seeking to be pain free," she said.

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