Sports massage is ideal to treat injuries and as well as a preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle and quality of posture.
Geared specifically to the athlete, this massage focuses on muscles that have seen a large degree of stress and use, often to the point of overuse. Normally, these are muscles that have seen repetitive and aggressive movement as a part of the overall sport or competition.
There are several key elements to sports massage.
•Motion and Flexibility: Athletes of all levels often overtrain and this leads to muscle rigidity. Sports massage can help relax overly tense muscles and provide additional flexibility. Used before a competition, it will relax the muscles for flexibility, improving performance.
•Shortens Recovery Time: Exercise and competition is stressful on the body. This can lead to injury if proper precautions are not taken. A proper sports massage can assist in the body’s natural healing process, speed waste removal and promote general health improvement. Swelling and inflammation associated with physical activity is also reduced. Scar tissue, normal from a severe injury, can also be lessened with massage.
•Helps Eliminate By-Products of Exercise: Lactic and uric acids are natural by-products of exercise. Each can be lessened by a quality sports massage.
•Psychological Benefits: The body is only as strong as the mind, so having a strong mind that is relaxed and focused is a definite edge in highly competitive sports. A stressed athlete is not nearly as capable as one with a clear mind.
•Reduces Pain: Any pain is a sign of overworked muscles and is not healthy. Sports Massage can speed the injury rehabilitation process. Sports massage also helps with pain from spasms and cramps, common with athletic training.