Sports massage is a deep form of soft tissue mobilisation and can be applied in a sporting and non-sporting context. Sports massage incorporates a wide range of different techniques which are used to for general relaxation of the muscular skeletal system and also targeted towards any problem areas. These techniques help to relieve muscular tension, break down adhesions within the muscles, mobilise soft tissues and to reduce pain.
Sports massages can be used in a range of ways. A sports massage helps to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), helps as part of a rehabilitation programme, post event, pre-event and relieving tight muscles.
DOMS can be the result of minor muscle or connective tissue damage, a build-up of waste products from energy production or from local muscle spasm. A sports massage can help to reduce muscle spasms, flush out waste products and increase the blood flow to an area. This increase in blood flow delivers essential oxygen and nutrients to an area to assist with the repair of any damaged tissues.
Sports massages can be used as an effective tool in rehabilitation and training programmes. This helps the body to recover from the stresses of exercises and facilitate the rebuilding phase of conditioning. The effects of sports massage add up to relieve soreness, stiffness and flexibility and also decreased risk to future injury.
Sports massage after a sporting event such as a 10k run, sports match, cycle or marathon can be hugely beneficial. Sports massage is an effective treatment to help muscles to recovery, prevent injuries and to prepare the body for future exercise. Sports massage will help reduce the build-up of waster products in muscle that occur during exercise.
Pre event sports massage can be used in the weeks leading up to an event to help performance and decrease the chance of injury. A sports massage focusses on enhancing circulation, increasing tissue elasticity and reducing muscle tension.
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