Sports massage is a form of deep therapeutic massage aimed at releasing tension and relaxing muscles. Sports massage can be used to target specific injuries and to correct muscle imbalances, overuse and postural issues. It can also help to reduce stress, leaving you feeling energised and restored. As a result of everyday activities, stress can be placed on different parts of the body leading to muscle tension and pain. Sports massage is therefore an excellent treatment for reducing this tension with instant effect. It helps to:
- Relax muscle tightness
- Promote the circulation of blood and lymph fluid
- Remove metabolic toxins
- Improve muscle length and mobility
- Promote flexibility
- Remove and break down scar tissue
- Reduce the risk of injury
- Reduce discomfort and pain
- Mentally prepare you for your sport
How does sports massage work?
Muscle tightness can result in tight bands or trigger points within the muscle. These trigger points can result in aching and pain and as a result can lead to ‘referred pain’ where pain starts to be felt in the surrounding soft tissues. Sports massage is therefore aimed at relaxing these tight spots so as to reduce any pain or discomfort.
Do I have to play sport to benefit from it?
Sports massage is definitely not just aimed at athletes or at those who play sport. A wide range of day to day activities can cause increased loading of muscles and soft tissues meaning that every one of us can be susceptible to developing muscle tightness. For example, sitting at a desk with a poor posture for long periods of time can commonly cause back, neck and shoulder muscle tightness. Therefore, whether you compete regularly in triathlons, exercise only at the weekend or spend your week sitting in front of a computer at work, this treatment can greatly benefit you.
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