Benefits of Sports Massage
Over thousands of years massage has been used to deal with conditions affecting muscles ligaments and tendons. Used by Ancient Civilisations and praised by Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine, it is the oldest form of healing known to man.
Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues producing a holistic effect on the whole body, not just the area being treated. Its aim is to find and treat the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. Benefits can include:
- Increased blood flow leading to improved circulation
- A balance of the muscles and joints
- Restoring elasticity to the joints
- Greater mobility within the joints of the body
- Relaxation of tense muscles
All of which contribute to better health and an overall reduction in stress.
Sports Massage is a specialty within massage. Its focus is on recovery from the effects of training or competition, and the prevention and treatment of injury. Each sports massage is targeted at specific muscle groups to suit the physical activities of the client. This may be sport, dance or indeed any form of exercise.
Regular sports massage can address minor injury quickly, preventing further damage. It’s a must for anyone wishing to maintain peak performance and reduce the possibility of injury.
About Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft Tissue Therapy is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is applicable not just to sports people but to anybody wishing to guard against or recover from a soft tissue injury.
The techniques used by soft tissue therapists have been developed to ensure effective and efficient results are gained from each massage given. Soft Tissue Therapy may:
- Improve circulation and lymphatic flow
- Assist in the removal of metabolic waste
- Sedate or stimulate nerve endings
- Increase or decrease muscle tone
- Increase or decrease muscle length
- Remodel scar tissue when required
- Assist in mental preparation for sporting participation
You do not need to be a sports performer to benefit from Soft Tissue Therapy. The benefits above can also help relieve the many day to day problems, repetitive strain injury, sprains, tension, fatigue that everyone experiences. Many Soft Tissue Therapists work with a great range of clients in assisting with preventive treatment and injury recovery.
If you are a sports performer, of any level, a sports specific massage can be beneficial at various stages of participation. For example:
- The conditioning / training phase
- Pre competition
- Inter competition
- Post competition
- Post travel
- Injury prevention
- Injury recovery
Regardless of your experiences in sport or exercise, whether you exercise socially or compete to an international level – Soft Tissue Therapy may have something to offer you.