3/07/2009, Dallas, TX (TransWorldNews) — Golfers complain of lower back, shoulder and arm injuries. Tennis players are prone to aching backs, tender wrists and painful inner elbows.

Most tennis and golf-related injuries occur because players don’t adequately train and then overdo it on the course or court.

Golfers tend to swing too vigorously, spraining or straining the muscles in their backs and arms. They’re also prone to injuries from lifting and lugging overloaded golf bags.

Gripping the racquet too tightly is to blame for many tennis injuries to the elbow and arm. Rotator cuff damage can result from aggressive swinging. Hamstrings, knees and feet also take a beating on the court.

To prevent sports-related injuries, prepare for the demands of your sport. If you can’t walk a mile or two without anything hurting, you shouldn’t think about any activity until you can.

If you’re plagued by recurring pain or injury, consult a doctor and a golf or tennis pro. A professional instructor can pinpoint seemingly minor errors in your grip or swing that can cause major damage to your muscles and tendons.

Even if you concentrate on conditioning, sometimes injuries do happen. Doctors often recommend applying ice to any strain or sprain during the first 72 hours, then switching to a moist heating pad. Nonprescription medicine can help control pain. And a massage will promote healing.

“Massage is great in helping to bring blood and nutrients to the affected area to repair the soft tissue,” said CG Funk, Vice President of Industry Relations for Massage Envy, the leading provider of massage therapy in the U.S. “Massage also can help break up scar tissue and keep the muscles supple so less scar tissue develops in the first place.”

Even when there’s no injury, massage also helps athletes of all levels improve their flexibility and muscle suppleness. The kneading action of a massage disperses the accumulation of lactic acid, which causes fatigued, sore muscles.

When you book your Massage Envy massage, request a therapist experienced in sports massage, and ask that special attention be paid to any injured areas. A massage therapist can also stretch the muscles in trouble areas, promoting increased flexibility when the body is warm and more elastic.

Introductory 1-hour Massage Envy massage session (consists of 50 minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $39. Massage Envy emberships are available for $49 per month and include one 1-hour massage session. Massage Envy members may also enjoy unlimited additional 1-hour massage sessions at the $39 member rate. For more information, log on to www.massageenvy.com to find the nearest Massage Envy clinic. There are 25 Massage Envy locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
About Massage Envy

Massage Envy Limited, LLC is a national franchise of massage therapy clinics dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage services to consumers with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has opened 500 clinics in 38 states in just over five years, with 300 more franchises currently under development from coast to coast and 25 locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. For more information about Massage Envy, visit the website at www.massageenvy.com. *Not all types of massage available at all clinics.