What is a sports massage and how can it help?
Posted on 2nd May 2017 at 10:00
Sports massage is not just for athletes. Sports and deep tissue massage help relieve pain or tension, correct imbalances in the body and encourage relaxation if you prefer a deeper pressure. It focuses on the management and rehabilitation of soft tissues within the body e.g. muscles, ligaments and tendons.
This type of massage is extremely beneficial for those who are suffering from injury or fatigued muscles. These are typically:
muscle strains and sprains
torn or ruptured ligaments
The techniques are similar to those used in traditional massage but the movement is slower and the pressure applied is firmer and more localised.
Sports massage is designed to break down scar tissue (adhesions) in the affected muscles, ligaments and tendons. Physically breaking down scar tissue will improve the flow of blood and lymph fluid enabling the injured muscle to stretch and increase its flexibility. The pressure applied during the massage (generally along the grain of the muscle) will break down the affected scar tissue causing a reduction in pain and inflammation as well as restoring normal functionality and movement.
Benefits of massage:
helps prevent injury and keeps your body in good condition
speeds the recovery process
breaks down old scar tissue
improves mobility and flexibility
removes lactic acid and toxins
loosens tight muscles
improves blood circulation to the muscles which helps keep them well oxygenated and in good condition
releases the body’s natural endorphins, producing pain relief
it also has the potential to improve performance
And the benefits aren’t just physical, they are psychological too:
assists relaxation, mental focus, reduces anxiety and can re-energise you!
What can sports massage help with?
Sports massage is not just for athletes. Massage can be used to treat and prevent conditions and syndromes, including;
sports related injuries
tennis or golfers elbow
sciatica and related back pain
repetitive strains and injuries
Not sure what type of massage you need? Don't worry, book any slot and we will talk you through everything then. Once we've had a chat we'll use our experience to advise you what will work best for you. Contact us to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
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