Sports massage offers a number of benefits both for athletes and for people in everyday life. It can help pain reduction, which is often caused by muscle tension and waste products. The massage techniques used by our therapists work deeper into the muscle tissue than a normal relaxation massage, thereby speeding up the healing process within the soft tissues.
Sports massage can still offer relaxation though, as the muscles relax through the heat that is generated.
Sports massage helps mobilise tissues that cannot be stretched using usual methods. It helps break down scar tissue that has resulted from injury or trauma, while assisting the body in the removal of waste products such as lactic acid. It encourages the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients to help them recover quicker. The techniques can be used by sports people both pre-event – to stimulate muscle action – and post-event/training, to aid recovery. It plays a huge role in injury prevention and rehabilitation following injury and many athletes find it an important part of their training regime especially if used regularly.
All sports people can benefit from sports massage in three different ways:
Massage during sporting events
Rehabilitation of injuries
Sports massage can help speed up the healing of injured tissues and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process. The techniques utilised by our sports massage therapists are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries. Certain techniques can aid the healing process by improving the formation of strong and flexible repair tissue, which is vital in preserving full pain-free range of motion during the rehabilitation stage.
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