Sports massage is designed to help athletes before, during and after training. It is useful for anyone who exercises to increase flexibility, prevent injuries and help with healing after a sports injury.
Sports massage can be specifically tailored to different sports and sporting injuries. It is not a relaxing form of massage and can often be quite strenuous. It works by stretching tight muscles, stimulating inactive muscles and improving the condition of the soft tissue.
The aim of sports massage is to reduce the stress and tension that can build up in the soft tissues of the body during exercise.
- soft tissue release: locking and stretching the tissues and muscles
- neuromuscular technique: targeting trigger points in the nervous system to get rid of pain and tension
- positional release: used to relax hyperactive muscles
- fascial release: deep, slow kneading used to release the connective tissues around the muscles
One of the main benefits of sports massage is that it can prevent you from getting sore muscles after you exercise (known as ‘delayed onset muscle soreness’). It will also help you exercise more efficiently and prevent some of the common ailments that go with exercise.
Sports massage may also improve your heart rate and blood pressure, increase your circulation and lymph flow, and help treat injuries, including shin splint, tennis elbow, sprains and strains.
Sports massage is often safe after an injury, although there are some injuries for which it is not suitable.
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