Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart



Do Powerlifters Need Massage Therapy & Bodywork

Posted on July 9, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Do powerlifters need massage and bodywork?  This is a question that does not get visited often and definitely has many view points. I have worked with a large variety of competitive athletes. Some seem to like it and could never go without, while some just don’t seem to prefer it. So here are my personal thoughts on how massage and bodywork affect powerlifting performance.

Every person, everybody needs a starting point. Most people can agree that a healthy point would be that of neutral posture. We should be able to stack our kinetic chain as building blocks, in this case, knees over toes, hips over knees, shoulders over hips, and ears over shoulders in the sagittal plane. While in the coronal and transverse planes making sure the knees track between the 2nd and 3rd toes and shoulders are rotated to turn the thumb out. So while static posture is all great and wonderful we (especially competitive athletes) are very dynamic in nature. Not only that, but everything we do all day long is in front of us. We can ergonomically make things better, but we cannot change this. Take into account that some powerlifters have jobs and may be lifting when they are working too. Now we are combating activities of daily living and the possibility of sitting for long periods possibly being at a computer, life stress and followed by the trauma of a workout. Poor posture and myofascial considerations will lead to the cumulative injury cycle. This cycle needs to be broken to keep all points of the kinetic chain working in harmony (joints, muscles & nervous systems).

There are many techniques that can be used by your practitioner. These techniques are designed to restore fascia, inhibit overactive muscles, stimulate underactive muscles, restore muscle balance, improve circulation, decrease pain and improve recovery. Overall leading to improved performance. I could probably tell you massage is good for everything. So why would someone not utilize this precious tool?

First time trial and error. Unfortunately, I don’t know a great way around this but you have to find someone you trust and can have great communication with. They need to understand your goals for each session. Also, a first session is a starting point for the therapist to just find where the deep issues are and how you respond. So first times are kind of a learning curve for everyone.

Timing. Massage and bodywork needs to be scheduled around workouts and competition. Never get a deep massage right before heavy lifting or competition. This will break down tissues as well as make receptors less responsive, possibly leading to a feeling of weakness or even increased chance of injury. You can still get in a session, just make sure that you both are on the same page so that proper techniques can be used. A pre-event massage can be very helpful,effective and keep you focused, but it won’t be deep.

Touch. Some people do not like to be touched for so many reasons from sensitivity, trauma, vulnerability, to being apprehensive of a healing injury. Always communicate with your practitioner what your goals and concerns are and treatment will be adjusted. Consider options like reiki or strain-counter strain, as they are very non-aggressive and work even if you do not like to be touched. If things cannot be adjusted to your level, try a foam roller.

So think of your body as an important tool. This tool is what wins competitions. It needs to be properly used and taken care of. Proper exercise, nutrition, sleep & rest and bodywork are needed to maintain optimum performance. Just as you need the right exercise prescription, healthy nutrients and the proper balance of rest, you also need bodywork that will promote performance in your phase of training. This is why so many athletes take advantage of the massage therapy at the OTC. Because they need it:)

Categories: injury prevention, performance, Massage Therapy

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply hermes
3:27 AM on August 18, 2022 
I must show thanks to this writer for rescuing me from this particular condition. As a result of browsing through the world-wide-web and finding concepts which are not beneficial, I assumed my life was well over. Being alive devoid of the answers to the issues you've resolved through your short post is a serious case, and the kind that might have badly damaged my career if I hadn't encountered the website. Your good talents and kindness in maneuvering all areas was useful. I am not sure what I would've done if I hadn't encountered such a stuff like this. I can at this time relish my future. Thanks so much for the specialized and sensible help. I won't hesitate to recommend your web page to anybody who desires recommendations on this area.
Reply kobe sneakers
8:59 PM on August 17, 2022 
I am just commenting to make you understand of the helpful experience our princess obtained using your web page. She discovered some details, most notably what it's like to possess a very effective giving mindset to make a number of people without hassle master some hard to do matters. You truly surpassed our own expected results. I appreciate you for showing the informative, safe, edifying and as well as easy tips on that topic to Jane.
kobe sneakers
Reply bape sta
8:53 PM on August 17, 2022 
I precisely needed to thank you very much all over again. I do not know the things that I would have created in the absence of the entire points contributed by you relating to this field. It was before a real depressing problem in my opinion, but viewing your well-written form you treated it took me to jump for gladness. Extremely thankful for the service and in addition trust you really know what a powerful job you have been putting in educating most people through your blog. More than likely you haven't got to know all of us.
bape sta
Reply golden goose
6:40 PM on August 17, 2022 
Needed to put you the little word to give many thanks over again just for the breathtaking secrets you have shared on this website. It is really shockingly open-handed with people like you giving unreservedly just what most people could possibly have distributed for an e book in order to make some profit for their own end, mostly now that you might well have done it in case you desired. These tips also served to provide a easy way to be sure that some people have the identical dreams just like my own to see more with regard to this issue. I am sure there are lots of more pleasurable opportunities in the future for folks who looked at your site.
golden goose
Reply off white nike
6:39 PM on August 17, 2022 
Needed to compose you the very small note so as to give thanks the moment again on the spectacular opinions you've discussed in this article. It's certainly particularly generous with you to offer openly all that a number of people would have made available as an electronic book to get some bucks for their own end, specifically considering that you might have done it if you desired. The pointers also worked like the fantastic way to understand that other individuals have the same interest just like my own to find out much more with respect to this problem. I'm sure there are millions of more pleasurable opportunities up front for people who view your site.
off white nike
Reply kobe 11
6:38 PM on August 17, 2022 
I together with my pals were looking through the great solutions located on your website and instantly got a horrible suspicion I had not thanked you for those secrets. The young men became as a result happy to learn all of them and have now absolutely been taking advantage of them. Appreciate your really being simply kind and then for settling on this kind of decent ideas millions of individuals are really desirous to understand about. Our own sincere apologies for not expressing gratitude to sooner.
kobe 11
Reply golden goose outlet
6:37 PM on August 17, 2022 
My husband and i got very relieved when Louis managed to complete his studies through the entire ideas he got from your own blog. It is now and again perplexing to just choose to be making a gift of methods which other folks could have been making money from. And we all acknowledge we have got the writer to give thanks to for this. Most of the illustrations you've made, the straightforward site navigation, the relationships you will help engender - it is most spectacular, and it's assisting our son and us understand the concept is amusing, and that is rather pressing. Thank you for all!
golden goose outlet
Reply Beptazy
11:43 AM on August 17, 2022 
driponin online Generique Amoxicillin Sans Ordonnance En Ligne
Reply cheap kobes
11:05 AM on August 17, 2022 
I must express my admiration for your kindness giving support to persons who should have help on that concept. Your personal dedication to getting the solution along was particularly powerful and has usually permitted regular people just like me to achieve their pursuits. This insightful guidelines denotes much a person like me and a whole lot more to my mates. Thank you; from everyone of us.
cheap kobes
Reply off white hoodie outlet
11:05 AM on August 17, 2022 
I simply needed to say thanks once again. I am not sure what I might have worked on in the absence of the type of advice revealed by you concerning this area. It truly was a very fearsome difficulty for me personally, but discovering your expert avenue you treated that took me to cry for joy. I am grateful for this guidance and thus hope you are aware of an amazing job that you're accomplishing teaching people with the aid of your blog. I am certain you've never come across all of us.
off white hoodie outlet
Reply yeezy 500 blush
11:05 AM on August 17, 2022 
I enjoy you because of all your hard work on this web site. Gloria delights in setting aside time for investigations and it is obvious why. We learn all regarding the dynamic way you offer very important items by means of this website and therefore recommend contribution from others about this area of interest so our girl is actually studying so much. Have fun with the rest of the new year. You have been conducting a glorious job.
yeezy 500 blush
Reply curry 6
11:04 AM on August 17, 2022 
Thank you a lot for giving everyone such a superb possiblity to read articles and blog posts from this website. It's always very pleasing and packed with fun for me personally and my office colleagues to search your website particularly thrice in a week to read the latest guidance you will have. And of course, we're certainly satisfied concerning the extraordinary inspiring ideas you serve. Certain 2 areas in this post are unquestionably the most impressive we have all had.
curry 6
Reply stephen curry shoes
11:03 AM on August 17, 2022 
I together with my pals have been studying the great guidelines from your site then quickly I got an awful feeling I never thanked the blog owner for those tips. My young boys were definitely so very interested to read through them and have pretty much been using these things. Thanks for genuinely indeed considerate and for making a choice on this kind of essential information most people are really needing to discover. My very own honest regret for not expressing gratitude to you sooner.
stephen curry shoes
Reply off white
11:02 AM on August 17, 2022 
I and my pals were reading through the great guidelines found on your website and unexpectedly developed a terrible suspicion I never thanked the web site owner for them. All the men are actually happy to see them and already have extremely been loving these things. Many thanks for genuinely quite thoughtful as well as for opting for this sort of very good subjects millions of individuals are really needing to be aware of. Our honest regret for not expressing appreciation to you sooner.
off white
Reply golden goose outlet
5:05 AM on August 17, 2022 
I wanted to send you a bit of remark in order to give thanks over again for your marvelous concepts you have provided here. It is pretty generous with you giving extensively exactly what a few individuals could have offered for an e-book in making some bucks for their own end, specifically given that you could have done it if you desired. Those points likewise worked to provide a great way to comprehend some people have similar desire the same as my very own to know the truth significantly more concerning this matter. I know there are some more fun moments in the future for many who take a look at your blog.
golden goose outlet
Reply yeezy boost 350
5:05 AM on August 17, 2022 
I have to point out my admiration for your generosity for people who absolutely need help with the theme. Your very own commitment to getting the solution all around appears to be definitely significant and have always empowered many people just like me to realize their targets. Your entire interesting report indicates a great deal a person like me and further more to my fellow workers. Thank you; from each one of us.
yeezy boost 350
Reply kevin durant shoes
5:04 AM on August 17, 2022 
I would like to express my affection for your generosity giving support to visitors who really want assistance with this one concern. Your special commitment to passing the solution all through appears to be really functional and has made guys and women much like me to realize their dreams. Your amazing informative help and advice implies a great deal to me and far more to my office workers. Thank you; from all of us.
kevin durant shoes
Reply kyrie shoes
5:03 AM on August 17, 2022 
I precisely desired to thank you very much once more. I do not know what I could possibly have tried without the entire advice shared by you relating to this question. It had become a very daunting matter for me, however , spending time with a new well-written avenue you treated the issue forced me to cry over fulfillment. Now i'm happier for this work and thus believe you find out what an amazing job you are always undertaking teaching others all through your web site. Most probably you have never encountered any of us.
kyrie shoes
Reply cheap kd shoes
5:03 AM on August 17, 2022 
My wife and i ended up being absolutely lucky that Albert managed to carry out his reports with the ideas he came across from your very own weblog. It's not at all simplistic to just choose to be making a gift of tricks which often most people have been selling. And we also consider we have the website owner to be grateful to for that. All of the illustrations you have made, the simple website menu, the relationships you will give support to create - it is all awesome, and it's really helping our son and the family believe that that subject is entertaining, and that's wonderfully serious. Many thanks for everything!
cheap kd shoes
Reply off white outlet
3:53 AM on August 17, 2022 
I must get across my love for your generosity in support of those who actually need help with that study. Your very own dedication to passing the solution all around ended up being incredibly productive and has without exception permitted people like me to get to their dreams. Your personal insightful suggestions entails this much to me and substantially more to my office workers. Best wishes; from all of us.
off white outlet