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. However, it can still offer relaxation as the muscles relax through the heat that is generated.
Sports massage helps stretch tissues that cannot be stretched with usual methods. It can also help break down scar tissue resulting from injury or trauma, while helping the body to remove waste products such as lactic acid. It encourages the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients to help them recover quicker. The technique 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:
This is a regular massage treatment programme, tailored to work on specific muscles used in an athlete’s particular sport, for example, the muscles of the lower limbs would usually be concentrated on when treating a runner. By focusing on certain muscle groups our therapists can help maintain or improve joint mobility and muscle flexibility. This type of massage approach is used more to prevent injury from occurring in the first place.
Massage during sporting events
Pre-event sports massage is used as an enhancement to an athlete’s warm-up programme in order to promote blood circulation and reduce excess muscle tension before competing. It can be adapted to individual’s needs and can either relax or stimulate muscles according to desired outcomes. Post-event massage is intended to reduce any muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with high intensity exercise, therefore speeding up the body’s own recovery pattern so that return to further training and competition is quicker.
Rehabilitation of injuries
Sports massage can help speed 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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