19 Apr Benefits of Regular Sports Massage
Hello Everyone, the weather seems great out today…
Summer is right around the corner, this means more of you will be getting outside more to train.
I believe that having regular Sports Massage Treatments has many beneficial effects for serious or recreational athletes. Sports Massage can be beneficial pre-performance, post-performance, during training or for rehabilitation. If you are looking for a way to improve your athletic performance, most athletes of all levels can benefit from regular sports massage.
Sports 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 help the athlete’s body achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning with a decreased chance of injury or pain and a quicker recovery.
Some of the 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
Again, keeping up with your regular massages has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of injuries.