Sports Massage – So what’s it all about?

In this blog Hannah (our new in house sports masseuse) reviews some of  the benefits of Sports Massage and why you should make it a part of your training schedule each month.

Sports massage is a deep tissue massage that aims to stretch tight muscles, stimulate inactive muscles and improve soft tissue condition. It aims to increase range of movement and therefore enable you to move your body more freely and most of all comfortably. Although labeled “sports” this does not limit its benefit to just athletes/sports people. It is something everyone should consider as it enhances performance, assists in recovery and helps prevent injury, so therefore benefits everyone.

Sports massage has numerous benefits including, physical, physiological and psychological. Just a few of the many effects of massage include:

  • Increased circulation: This is especially important in tight or damaged muscle tissue, as the tissues need a good blood flow in order to provide vital nutrients in order to repair and work effectively.
  • Help with the removal of waste: Deep massage causes the pores in the tissues to open. This enables fluids and nutrients to pass through which in turn helps remove any waste products lurking around, such as the dreaded lactic acid. Therefore, getting rid of this lactic acid leads to faster recovery or in our terms less aching. The Journal of Athletic Training found a 30% decrease in post exercise muscle soreness when sports massage was integrated into the training regime.
  • Stretching: Massage is one of the best methods of stretching, it can stretch tissues that conventional stretching methods just cant access as easily or stretch enough. Massage therefore releases tight muscles; tension and built up pressure which in turn makes you feel loads better and less restricted.
  • Increased flexibility: By working on muscles, connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments, regular massage can improve your flexibility and range of motion, keeping your joints more supple and making them less injury prone. The Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal found massage increased flexibility when introduced into the athletes training program.
  • Reduce scar tissue: Scar tissue is the result of body’s natural way of healing itself and therefore left behind after injury. Unfortunately scar tissue isn’t as functional as the tissue it replaced and therefore it may limit movement, cause pain and lead to muscle dysfunction. Sports massage works to remodel scar tissue and lead to improved flexibility and help reduce pain.
  • Pain/discomfort reduction: Pain and discomfort in the muscles is often caused by tension and presence of waste products. Sports massage helps to reduce this by ridding the body of built up waste in the muscle and restoring/improving range of movement.

So hopefully this gives you a better understanding of what it is all about and how it may benefit you. So remember you don’t need to be a top class athlete to benefit from sports massage. Its there to help everyone, even if it’s just to give you a bit of “you” time and your body some TLC.

If you would like to book in with Hannah for a consultation/massage then you contact her HERE or call her on 07717 723580.

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