Sports massage can play an important part in the life of any sportsman or woman whether they are injured or not. Massage has a number of benefits physical, physiological and psychological. It can help maintain the body in generally better condition, prevent injuries and loss of mobility, cure and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue, boost performance and extend the overall life of your sporting career.
The benefits include Increased tissue permeability- helps remove lactic acid and toxins from tissues. Increases oxygenation and nutrient supply to the muscles.
Stretching- Massage stretches fibres that cannot normally be stretched using the usual method and helps break down scar tissue.
Opens micro-circulation- Massage helps dilate blood vessels enabling nutrients to reach tissues more efficiently.
Pain reduction - Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including the release of the bodies’ natural endorphins.
Relaxation - Muscles relax from massage due to heat that is generated and the increased circulation and stretching that occurs. Receptors in the body which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.