Sports Massage Therapy is a type of Massage Therapy that involves the treatment of soft tissues to positively affect athletes or highly active individuals surrounding their bouts of intense physical activity. Sports massage involves elements of Deep Tissue Massage to relieve tension in soft tissues such as skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia in order to correct problems and imbalances that are created from repetitive, strenuous physical activity. With repetitive physical activity, small amounts of micro-trauma are continually being created. The body generally does a very good job of adapting and healing from these micro-traumas. Sports Massage Therapy can aide in this recovery process and help the body heal from this micro-trauma. Sports Massage also involves elements of Relaxation Massage to calm or stimulate the nervous system, depending on the timing of the massage around physical activity or athletic endeavors.
Sports Massage can be used prior to or after exercises. In some cases, during intense or long-lasting competitive events, Sports Massage may even be used during an event. Pre-event Sports Massage can enhance performance for multiple reasons. It can reduce muscle tension and adhesion’s, allowing muscles to function more optimally. Muscles that are at a good resting length are capable of producing optimal strength and activation. Better muscle function also improves joint mobility and overall body mechanics. Sports Massage can also prevent injury by keeping the body functioning well.
Those who are lucky enough to receive Sports Massage during their athletic activity will receive Massage Therapy that is of medium to high speed to enhance circulation and keep the body revved up for activity. At this point in time, Sports Massage can stimulate blood flow and keep the muscles loose to allow them to function properly.
Sports Massage after physical activity can aidin recovery from an event and also help the body heal and rehabilitate from any injuries or tensions that are created through the activity. It can increase circulation and lymphatic drainage to flush the body of waste products or lactic acid produced by the activity. It can also promote relaxation after an event to allow the body to return to a normal state. It can do this by suppressing the stress hormones and stimulating the happy hormones.
Sports Massage can have many positive effects for athletes or active individuals and is an important part of injury prevention, fine-tuning the body and recovery and healing. Whether you are a professional athlete, or going to the gym is a hobby of yours, you can benefit from sports massage therapy. Contact us to make your appointment!
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