Tailored to affect particular muscle groups in the body, sports massage therapies are widely advocated by athletes for the treatment of pain or lack of flexibility. In fact, sports massage therapy is becoming a popular option among non-athletes as well due to its effects on the neuro-musculoskeletal system.
Benefits of a sports massage
Focus and Relaxation
A sports massage enhances focus and concentration while minimizing stress. Professional and amateur athletes tend to train better in a good psychological state without worrying about any discomfort or pain.
Incorporating this type of massage into your routine can not only make you feel lighter, but more flexible and powerful as well. A sports massage can help flush lactic acid out of the body, decreasing the likelihood of getting a sports-related injury. Also, massage therapy can effectively relieve athletes’ physical pains, muscle stiffness and immobility.
Prevention of Unwanted Injuries
By far, the best reason to get this massage is that it helps your muscles and joints move within their proper range of motion. A sports massage works in the same way as a pre-workout warm-up: it enables the athlete’s muscles to become pliable so that they can stay in optimum shape before, during, and after their workout.
Many times, injuries are caused by overuse of certain muscles. A sports massage can help reduce the likelihood of muscle wear and tear and can decrease pain, soreness and inflammation.
Athletic Injury Recovery
While physical therapy helps to increase strength and flexibility, massage therapy picks up where physical therapy leaves off by encouraging circulatory function, allowing the body to pump more oxygen to the tissues surrounding the injured site, and even assists with pain management. This allows the body to heal the injury at an accelerated rate and allows the injured individual to experience a more comfortable recovery.
It is important to note that athletes should always get a deep tissue massage or sports massage at least a week before a big event to be in the best shape on the day of the event.
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