What is a sports Massage
Sports massage is the management, manipulation and re-habilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscle tendons and ligaments.
A sports massage can be a deep, intense massage and is designed primarily to stretch and loosen muscles. Regular treatments can help break down scar tissue, remove the build up or toxins, improve flexibility, mobility and reduce further injury. Using a mixture of deep and powerful strokes, blood and lymph flow is encouraged to carry damaged tissue away from problem areas. It can be adaptive to enhance pre-event preparation and warm-up to offer assistance during an event to aid recovery post-event.
Sports Massage Benefits
- Increased blood flow
- Increased joint range of motion (ROM)
- Increased flexibility
- Increased elimination of exercise waste products (lactic acid)
- Increase sense of well-being
- Decreased muscle tension
- Decreased neurological excitability (nerves more relaxed)
- Decreased chance of injury
- Decreased recovery time between workouts
- Decreased muscle spasms
Does a Sports Massage Hurt?
This depends on kind of treatment that is required. Not all deep tissue massages have to be deep and firm. The desired result can still be achieved with less pressure rather than more, depending on the tolerance level to pressure and depth. A sports massage for recovery is designed to break down muscular tension and/or for the treatment of injuries, the pressure is increased and the Therapist will work deeper into the muscles to flush out toxins, break down scar tissue and reduce tension.