One of the main purposes of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. It can help prevent injuries that can hinder performance, sporting activity or day-to-day life.
This massage isn’t just for sports people, we can all benefit from it, including people in physically demanding jobs and those suffering from more subtle injuries caused when occupational, emotional and postural stress produces similar aches and pains to sports injuries.
Maintenance massage is given between training sessions to keep the muscles flexible, and break down minor injuries and lesions that occur from overexertion. This enables you to train with less chance of becoming injured, and can also help with energy levels and motivation.
Specific issue massage Targeted sports massage is a great and effective way of alleviateing the aches and pains caused by everyday life. The repetitive over use of muscles, whether sat at a desk, lifting, driving or undertaking sports activities can cause great discomfort over time. Sports massage is an effective solution combat everyday aches and pains.
Pre-event massage is brisk and stimulating, to loosen up muscles and prepare the mind and body for sports performance. It can be performed anything from a couple of days to immediately before an event.
Post-event massage is an important way to help your body to calm down and recover from the stress and strain of a sports event. The soft tissue is stretched and relaxed, returning muscle tension to normal. It can decrease inflammation and speed up recovery time considerably.
- Relieves muscle tension and promotes the relaxation of muscles
- Improves flexibility and the range of movement available at a joint
- Improves blood flow to the area which helps in the removal of post-exercise waste products, such as lactic acid
- Reduces swelling
- Promotes healing
- Reduces and relieves pain
- Mentally relaxing
- Reduces tension and anxiety
- Reduces the sensation of pain
- Prepares the athlete for competition/challenges
- More flexibility and mobility
- Ease sticky bones : Specific techniques can separate muscle fibers that have either become adhered to one and another, or to other soft tissues structures around them, and even to bones. This again will all help with mobility.
- Stronger flow of blood and nutrients: Overtrained muscles are tough and rock-like, which can squeeze out blood and nutrients, thus depriving the muscles of what they need. Better circulation which comes from softer, massaged muscles will consequently improve the supply of nutrients to tissues improving their health and aiding in healing and repair. Blood vessels dilate and membrane pores widen during the massage, which allows better oxygen passage, as well as nutrients for restoration of the muscles.
- Ejects metabolic waste : through increased blood flow, sports massage helps in the removal of metabolic waste products (e.g. lactates) from tissues, further assisting in recovery from activity.
- Reduces pain: by removing the pressure build-up suffered from congestion and metabolic irritants, sports massage can help to relieve pain. This is compounded by the release of endorphins.
- Eases delayed onset of muscle soreness: also known as ‘DOMS’, is the muscular discomfort experienced a day or two after a training session. The pumping and squeezing action of massage strokes will encourage blood and lymph flow throughout the body, which can help prevent muscle fatigue and encourage better oxygenation.
- Promotes relaxation: Sports massage stimulates your sensory receptors which respond to touch, as your body relaxes, endorphins are released which lift the mood and de-stress the body, minimising anxiety.