What is sports massage?
Sports massage is a type of massage that is specifically tailored to sporting injuries or ailments, but is not only utilised for professional sports people, but is of benefit to anyone that exercises . It is not meant to be relaxing and can become quite vigorous at times. It is designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. It can be quite strenuous and is meant to relieve and reduce the stress and tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues while exercising. It can be carried out before, during, or after playing sport or exercising and uses techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance, to minimise the chances of injury and or to reduce the recovery.
The purpose of sports massage?
Sports massage is of benefit to anyone that exercises, even it is mild exercise such a walking. Specific techniques can be used for pre-event, post event and restorative/training massage. Cool down from previous athletic performance and prepare for the next one. Even for those who don’t play a sport such as carrying out repetitive tasks, sports massage can loosen tight muscles and refresh aching limbs.
What sports massage can do for you?
Sports massage can treat a variety of ailments and injuries that may occur as a result of exercise. It also has other benefits that allow you to train or exercise more efficiently.
Some benefits include:
- Draining away fatigue
- Relieving swelling
- Reducing muscle tension
- Promoting flexibility
- Relieving pain
- Preventing injuries
- Improving heart rate and blood pressure
- Increasing blood circulation and lymph flow
- Treating injuries such as shin splints, tennis elbow, sprains and strains, corked thighs.
How long until I see results?
Depending on the circumstances you may feel a little sore for a couple of days, this is normal it is a sign your body is working to heal the injury or problem area. You may need a few treatments depending on the severity of the injury or ailment before you start to see the benefit. Your therapist will discuss with you further ways you can boost your recovery time such as stretching.