Sports massage has a number of physical, physiological and psychological benefits. It can help to maintain the body in a better condition, prevent injuries, restore mobility to injured tissue, boost performance and keep you active for longer!
Potential Benefits of Sports Massage
Massage can help to increase joint mobility by decreasing any thickening of the connective tissue and helping to release restrictions in fascia.
It can help to free adhesions in the muscles and breakdown scar tissue resulting from injury or trauma.
It can relieve muscular tightness, stiffness, spasms and restriction in the muscle tissue.
It can increase circulation bringing more oxygen and nutrients into the muscle leading to a decrease muscle fatigue and soreness.
It can help to remove toxins such as lactic acid and waste products from the muscles.
Massage can improve muscle tone and balance reducing the stress placed on bones and joints.
It can stretch tissues that cannot be stretched during normal movement as well as stretching the sheath surrounding the muscle releasing the build up of any tension.
Relaxation induced by massage can have a psychological effect by reducing anxiety.
It can improve rehabilitation post injury.
How Often Should I Have a Sports Massage?
The more you train, the more you should receive a massage. However everyone is different and you will need to discuss with your therapist what would work best for you. If an injury occurs the quantity of massage or treatment will normally increase until the injury is resolved.
One sports massage may have a short-term effect but regular massage can have a cumulative benefit. Areas of tightness that you were not aware of may be identified preventing possible injury thus sports massage can be thought of as a preventative or maintenance treatment.
Pre & Post Event Massage
You will want to schedule a pre-event or race massage 3-5 days before the event as you may feel sore or tender after the treatment. Post-event massages can also be timed between 3-5 days after the event to allow any soreness to dissipate first.
Injuries & Conditions Sports Massage Can Help With?
This type of massage is known as remedial massage.
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