Sports massage is a type of massage that can alleviate pain occurring in certain parts of the body, which can be caused by too much physical activity. It can help maintain the bodies general 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.
Physical effects of sports massage
- Pumping – By increasing the pressure in front of the stroke, a vacuum is created behind. This is especially important in tight or damaged muscle tissue as a tight muscle will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair.
- Increased tissue permeability – Techniques such as deep tissue helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them to recover quickly.
- Stretching – Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up.
- Break down scar tissue – Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can affect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain.
- Improve tissue elasticity – Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic, massage can help to reverse this by stretching the tissues.
- Opens micro-circulation – Massage does increase blood flow to tissues, but exercise can do also. What massage also does is open the blood vessels and by stretching them this enables nutrients to pass through more easily.
Physiological effects of sports massage
- Pain reduction – Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the bodies’ endorphins.
- Relaxation – Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechano-receptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.
Psychological effects of sports massage
- Anxiety reduction – Through the effects mentioned above, relaxation is induced and therefore can reduce anxiety levels.
- Invigorating – If massage is done with brisk movements, such as what would be done before an event or competition, this can produce an invigorating feeling.
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