By Petar Stankovikj
Sports massage is a type of massage technique that focuses on treating soft tissue aches, pain and injuries that are associated with recreational activities.
Massage has become a necessary ingredient for a complete workout. More and more people are realizing that a complete workout routine includes not only the exercise itself, but also caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with strenuous movement. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement to a total conditioning program.
If you are an athlete or an exercise enthusiast, getting regular massages might transform the way you participate in your activity. Massage can help you do more of what you love by helping increasing range of motion and flexibility, speeds up injury recovery and tissue healing, decreases muscle fatigue and increases nutrition flow, improving psychological effect and relaxing the body.
Here are 3 great benefits of sports massage:
- Increases Range of Motion, Injury Recovery and Tissue Healing
Injury is perhaps one of the greatest concerns to the competitive athlete. The inability to compete, loss of quality training time, and loss of self-worth are among the concerns of athletes experiencing an injury. Proper maintenance of muscle and connective tissues through nutrition, rest, and stretching are encouraged in the literature, however, due to the demands of athletic training and competition a soft tissue injury is often difficult to avoid. Therefore, sports massage can help with injury prevention and optimizing tissue healing after injury which are important components in career longevity of the professional as well as recreational athlete.
- Helps with Muscle Fatigue and Nutrition Flow
Muscle fatigue can be defined as the inability to sustain a required or expected power or force output. The ability of an athlete or sportsperson to recover from a physical effort is important during some sporting competitions or during physical preparation within training cycles. Much like the cause of DOMS is not fully characterized, the cause of muscle fatigue remains elusive and may consist of central or peripheral mechanisms. Sports massage therapy is an appropriate counter to fatigue onset due to an ability to influence fluid movement in deep tissue and thereby improving nutrient flow or waste removal, or by facilitating relaxation to promote normal recovery.
- Improve your Mood and Psychological Effect
In non-athletic populations, massage therapy has been reported to reduce psychological measures including anxiety, tension, stress and increase mood and quality of life, all of which may contribute to optimal athletic performance.
Therefore, the psychological effect provided to an athlete by an experience such as sports massage may be of importance in a non-physiological manner.
All these benefits can influence your ability to get anything physically done and be able to enjoy it too.
If you already workout a few times a week, it only makes sense to start incorporating sports massage as an addition of your fitness regimen. For more information and to book an appointment call 1300 772 621. Thank you for reading until the end.