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Sports Massage

I included sports massage in this chapter as a legitimate health tweak for people who lift weights, hikes, climbs, skis, bikes, or takes part in a team sport that leaves you stiff, banged up, and with possible overuse issues. There is some controversy about whether sports massage is more art than science, and you can delve into that discussion by searching Google Scholar for “sports massage.”

I think there is a good physiological basis for using an experienced sports massage therapist to increase blood flow and help repair damaged muscle fibers, and I can personally attest to its benefits after getting numerous pre- and after-race massages from Sports Massage Pro (www.sportsmassagepro.com). Another important consideration is who is doing the massage. Neurosurgery is a highly technical procedure with a scientific basis, but the more subjective consideration of who is actually performing the surgery is critical too.


  

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