Do you participate in regular activity, or suffer with muscle soreness, aches and pains, you could be missing out on all the benefits that a good sports massage can bring.
Firstly, what is a Sports Massage?
Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person partaking in regular activity or with postural imbalances.
Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective tissue that lines and covers the other soft tissues).
Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissues that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity, trauma and occupational problems. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
So, Why Get a Sports Massage?
Preparing for an event or race
Sports Massage can help with many different events to help you prepare for the big day.
The Virgin London Marathon describes the benefits of Sports Massage as
– help stretch out your muscles and improve their elasticity
– relax the muscles
– reduce aches and pains
– break down scar tissue on the massage
After a race or event your body needs time to recover. Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is unfortunately inevitable after taking part in sport especially after a race or event.
Massage can help reduce the effects of DOMS and promote recovery.
There are 2 best times to get a sports massage
– Immediatley after the event, reducing the amount of DOMS felt by soothing and stretching out the muscles.
– 48hrs after by this time DOMS would have subsided and a deeper massage can take place relaxing the muscle.
Muscles can become injured due to many of things this can be from a trauma or injury or from over training or not conditioning our bodies right for our everyday lives.
In the first 48 hours there is not much that can be done however post this a massage will help break down the scar tissue and help the muscle recover and most of the time recover to pre injury state.
Aches and Pains (Repetitive movement)
Repetitive movement causes muscles to fatigue, if you carry on with the movement other muscles are recruited to help which are not designed for that movement and therefore become fatigued even quicker. This fatigue causes the aches and pains and as we carry on the aches spread making the issue more global.
Massage can relieve the tension in the over worked muscles and bring relief from the aches.
Aches and Pains (Sitting)
When sitting we fall out of our natural posture causing muscles to either shorten or lengthen and when done for long periods the muscles fix in this state.
Sports massage can ease this and relieve the aches and pains that come with it. Along with this exercises can be given to release and re train our muscles.
If you’ve identified yourself in one or more of these 5 reasons the you would undoubtedly benefit from a sports massage.
Be it better performance in your next event, faster recovery times from exercise, accelerated injury recovery or simply relieving your aches and pains.
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