What Is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is a type of massage using hands-on techniques to manipulate the soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system (muscles, tendons, fascia and ligaments) to improve their efficiency.
Sports massage has been shown to help relax the body by releasing and reducing muscle tension, improve circulation, and encourage the removal of waste products, such as lactic acid, that can build up during physical activity. This not only promotes recovery but reduces the likelihood of injury.
Those who are prone to overuse injuries benefit from sports massage in between training sessions because the muscles are given time to relax and recover before the next session. Aside from the physical benefits, sports massage can assist mentally when preparing for an activity or competition.
Sports massage is intended to aid in the correction of soft tissue problems and imbalances caused by repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. Sports massage before and after exercise may improve performance, aid recovery, and prevent injury.
When To Have A Sports Massage?
Sports massage can be beneficial at any time but is often used at various stages of training and preparation for an event. It can also be used to aid in recovery of muscles following physical activity.
This form of massage is often used in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques to relieve muscle and soft tissue tension, promoting healing and maximising full recovery. Exercises and stretches will supplement and enhance the effect of hands-on treatment while also addressing the underlying cause of the pain or dysfunction.