What Is Sports Massage?
Sports massage enhances muscular action and range of motion, improves muscular balance across joints, and aids injury recovery. The result is enhanced performance by providing release from pain and tension, increased strength and ease of movement, and a greater sense of well being.
Sports Massage For Aches, Pains And Sports Injuries
Pain and reduced muscular movement can arise due to different factors. These may be direct injury to a muscle, strains or sprains you got from sports, over use injuries from repetitive occupational activities – like key board use, or due to awkward postures that end up becoming habitual.
In all these cases, micro trauma in the muscles from little tears, cause scar tissue, such that less fibres can contract, and strain builds up in the rest of the muscle, eventually causing pain and loss of movement. As the scar tissue builds up, circulation is lessened, and there is a build up of metabolites or lactic acid.
Deep Tissue massage breaks down adhesions and scar tissue, and restores the normal flow of blood, and lymph, simultaneously removing metabolites. Muscular strength and movement is increased as the muscle becomes able to contract fully again, instead of only a part of it being able to.
What Are The Benefits Of Sports Massage?
1) Sports massage keeps your performing at your best, strong and pain free. Muscles are maintained at their optimal functional state of strength with full range of motion.
2) Sports massage prevents repetitive stress injuries from arising, and treats existing areas.
3) Sports massage identifies and treats areas of muscular imbalance. For balanced use of muscles across joints both the agonist and antagonist must be equal in strength and flexibility.
4) Sports massage helps injury recovery.
5) Sports massage helps maintain good posture. If alignment issues are considerable then the ‘Rolf method of Structural Integration’ will be recommended.
Conditions Helped By Sports Massage
- Tennis elbow
- Neck, back & shoulder pain
- Recovery from strains and sprains
- Stiffness and loss of movement
Who Benefits From Sports Massage?
1) Sports People – Most sports are asymmetrical and use a particular set of muscles repetitively, in the long run causing alignment issues and some degree of RSI. Alignment changes will increase the chance of injuries in the form of strains and sprains, and long term may cause pain and reduced mobility.
2) Those Who Suffer Occupationally – people in the work place incur injuries as much as sports people, both in the form of postural issues or repetitive stress injuries. The key is to use massage as a preventative measure, to maintain physical health, and stay in the fast lane.
3) Anyone – In life you incur injuries and often unknowingly adopt particular postures, that without a regular yoga practise cause you to become stiff and uncomfortable in yourself.