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SPORTS MASSAGE
WHAT IS SPORTS MASSAGE?

A ‘hands on’ treatment technique which involves the mobilizing and manipulation of the bodies soft tissue and myofascial structures. During a sports massage the musculoskeletal system (muscles, tendons and ligaments) is manipulated using hands-on techniques in order to improve its efficiency.

 

It was originally developed for athletes to prevent and relieve injuries that can manifest after repeated strenuous physical activity or injury. However both athletes and non-athletes can gain physiological and psychological benefits from receiving sports massage therapy. Sports massage is specifically tailored to different sports and sporting injuries. It works by stretching tight muscles, stimulating inactive muscles and improving the condition of the soft tissue.

Sports massage is proven to release and reduce tension in muscles, improve circulation and encourage the removal of waste products such as lactic acid during high intensity activity and can help to relax the body. All of this helps promote recovery and reduces the chance of muscle injury. Those who are prone to overuse injuries often benefit from sports massage in between training sessions, as the muscles are allowed to relax and recover fully before the next session. In addition to the physical benefits, sports massage can help an athlete to mentally prepare for their activity or competition.

BENEFITS
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INCREASE ENDURANCE
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IMPROVE PERFORMANCE
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REDUCE CHANCE OF INJURY
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REDUCE RECOVERY TIME
WHY SPORTS MASSAGE?

There are a number of reasons why you would want to have a sports massage, and as mentioned earlier there are not only physiological and psychological advantages, there are physical aspects to consider too which will be discussed below.

  • PAIN RELIEF – Massage can reduce the feeling of pain throughout your muscles by releasing endorphins. These endorphins which are released due to this type of massage help towards decreasing anxiety, mood improvement and pain relief.

  • IMPROVE FLEXIBILITY – Throughout a massage, the muscle tissue expands and stretches in a number of different ways allowing for stored pressure to be released.

  • PREVENT/RELIEVE DOMS – Otherwise known as delayed onset of muscle soreness, is assisted by the enhancing blood flow delivering fresh oxygen to the injury area.

  • INCREASED BLOOD FLOW – The circulation of blood is enhanced to the muscle area through massage, in a similar way to exercise. The main difference being that deep tissue massage causes your blood vessels to become wider, increasing the ability of nutrients to flow through.

  • PREVENT SCAR TISSUE BREAKDOWN – Previous injuries may result in the creation of scar tissue and can affect muscles and tendons. An increase in scar tissue can then lead to a higher risk of injury in that area, massage has the ability to break it down.

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WITH SPORTS MASSAGE
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Your muscles don't actually grow while you are working out; they grow while resting in between sessions. Exercise is essentially stress, and when you repeatedly stress your body it becomes better adapted to respond to the stimulus. Recovery is super important in the workout process. Not only does it help you avoid all of those negative side effects, but when those micro-tears heal, your muscles grow.
Eddy Lim
Functional Coach / Sports Therapist