Contrary to popular opinion Sports Massage can benefit anybody. Most people assume that it is only for athletes, however in combination with other sports exercise or physiotherapy it plays an important role in preventing and recovering from injury.
Many people suffer from minor and chronic injuries resulting from their job whether this is due to a repetitive movement such as a painter reaching overhead to paint or someone not moving very much at all such as a desk-based office worker. Sport massage can aid in relieving pain in the affected areas of the body whilst also helping to correct postural imbalances and poor mobility and movement patterns.
Sport massage focuses on muscles that have seen a large degree of stress and use, often to the point of overuse. Normally, these muscles have seen repetitive and aggressive movement as part of training, sport or competition.
Below I’ve outlined 5 of what I consider the main reasons Sports Massage can benefit anybody’s body:
Releasing Muscle Tension
Regular sports massage can be one of the most effective means for releasing muscle tension which has built up through constant regular activity or lack of exercise (if you don’t use it you lose it!). It can help prevent overuse injuries, reduce pain and stiffness and relieve tensions in muscles that may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments and tendons.
Reduce Recovery Time
Sports massage increases blood flow quickly removing waste products such as lactic and carbonic acid (which are natural by products of exercise) but can build up in the muscles after exercise.
Sports massage helps to increase blood flow to the muscles. During a sports massage, blood vessels dilate, and this allows for the removal of waste products and nutrients to pass into and out of the muscle more effectively. If you are training regularly, this increase in blood flow can vastly aid with recovery ready for your next training session.
Stretching improves circulation which also prevents the breakdown of adhesions helping prevent and heal injuries.
Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can affect muscle, tendons and ligament flexibility. This can mean that these tissues are prone to injury and pain. Massage may not rid the body of the scar tissue completely but should make the tissue more supple and flexible and therefore able to function normally.
Relaxation massage can be beneficial when applied to tight muscles. Tight muscles can occur for a number of reasons such as stress, overuse and injury. Relaxation massage can stimulate blood circulation via vasodilation which can increase the temperature of tissues. Increasing the temperature of these tissues can promote relaxation which can also relieve tight muscles. The body is only as strong as the mind, so having a strong mind that is relaxed and focused is an edge in your daily life
Sports massage is now recognised by many in the training industry and I would recommend anyone who is training or exercising on a regular basis to strongly consider Sport Massage therapy as part of their exercise program.
If you’re struggling with your posture or have tension or pain in your muscles, then feel free to get in touch with us today so we can use the methods of Sports Massage to help you.