Sports massage

Sport massage is a systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body that focuses on muscles relevant to a particular sport. Many different movements and techniques are used in sports massage. Examples of these techniques include; Swedish style massage, effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), compression, friction, tapotement (rhythmic striking), vibration, gliding, stretching, percussion and trigger points. These movements and techniques are used to try to help the athlete's body achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning with a decreased chance of injury or pain and a quicker recovery.

Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the massage. The pressure is generally stronger than a regular massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas.

Benefits of Sports Massage 

Many benefits from sports massage have been reported based on experience and observation. Some of the benefits are to the mind (psychological) and some are to the body (physiological). Possible side effects of sports massage are tenderness or stiffness for 1 to 2 days after the sports massage but for the most part, sports massage is safe

 

Some of the reported benefits include:

  • Increased blood flow

  • Increased joint range of motion (ROM)

  • Increased flexibility

  • Increased elimination of exercise waste products (lactic acid)

  • Increased sense of well-being

  • Decreased muscle tension

  • Decreased neurological excitability (nerves more relaxed)

  • Decreased chance of injury

  • Decreased recovery time between workouts

  • Decreased muscle spasms

Sports massage involve massaging or rubbing into the deeper layer of the muscle focusing on a specific area to alleviate tension. Remedial and sports massage can benefit all individuals, including:

  • Runners

  • Cyclists

  • Gym Bunnies

  • Football & Rugby Players

  • Swimmers

  • Office Employees

  • Individuals Who Have Physically Strenuous Jobs

  • Mothers Who Carry Children

  • The Elderly

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