You do not need to be a sports performer to benefit from sports massage. The benefits can also help relieve many day to day problems that everyone experiences
including stress at work.
If you are a sports performer, of any level, a sports specific massage can be beneficial at various stages of participation from injury prevention and pre competition to post competition or injury recovery.
Massage has been used for centuries and is probably the oldest form of medical form of medical treatment.
Benefits of Sports Massage
Where dysfunction is present, massage can improve the speed and quality of soft tissue repair through effective treatment and post-care advice. The improvement to tissue condition will reduce muscle stiffness, pain and fatigue whilst increasing the flexibility and range of movement.
Physiological Effects of Sports Massage
The mechanical pumping actions of the strokes will stimulate circulation, aiding in the decongestion of the tissues by reducing blood viscosity and the tissue pressure. This increases the ability of the nutrients and oxygen to diffuse into tissues to supply the cells.
Venous and lymphatic return is improved increasing removal of waste products from the tissues, improving soft tissue mobility and influencing the production and formation of collagen fibres.
Psychological Effects of Sports Massage
Massage can affect the mental state of a client by either stimulating them or reducing their levels of stress. When massage is performed vigorously it can help increase mental alertness and leave the client feeling stimulated ready for activity. General anxiety can be eased by similar chemical responses as tension is mechanically reduced in tissues allowing blood to flow into a greater area there by reducing blood pressure. As the body perceives a reduction in physical tension the mind follows bringing about feelings of well being and relaxation.
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