Sports massage is a type of massage technique that focuses on treating soft tissue aches, pains and specific sportis injuries that are associated with recreational or sporting activities.
Sports Massage can reduce muscle stiffness and improve relaxation by reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels. Massage, including sports massage, involves applying mechanical pressure to the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue), and this has shown to result in improved muscle flexibility, increased range of motion in the joints, and decreased muscle stiffness.
How does Sports Massage help an athlete?
The contributions by a Sports Massage Professional can provide a professional or recreational athlete with several performance advantages.
Regular sports massage can: reduce the chance of injury, stretching and event preparation, and through deep tissue massage;
- Improve range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and performance
- Shorten recovery time between training and workouts
- Maximize the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow
The pressure of massage also shows to improve blood flow during the massage and increase muscle temperature.
Athletes report a feeling of pure relaxation, reduced anxiety, and improved mood as a result which are vital in finding that competitive edge in performance.
Research also has measured changes in levels of endorphins and serotonin after sports massage, which may reduce pain and contribute to reduced levels of delayed onset muscle soreness.
Massage Therapists at Back to Basics are familiar with each muscle, the muscle groups, and how these are affected by the specific movements and stresses that athletes places on their body.
By focusing on particular muscle groups and working with specific tissues, the Massage therapists at Back to Basics can help athletes of any age or sex maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility.
The overall objective of a massage therapist’s treatment is to help the athlete reach optimal performance through injury-free training. Many elite athletes consider sports massage an essential part of their training and recovery routine.
These athletes report that a sports massage helps them train more effectively, improve performance, prevent injuries and recovery quickly.
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