What is sports massage?
Sports massage therapy is a type of massage that is specifically designed to treat sporting-related injuries or ailments. Sports massage does not intend to be a relaxing massage. At times, it can become quite vigorous. Sports massage does not necessarily cater for sportspeople only. It also benefits anyone who exercises, even if it is mild exercise like regular walking.
What is the purpose of sports massage?
Sports massage is developed to prevent and provide relief from injuries and conditions arising from exercise. It is meant to reduce and relieve stress and built up tension within the soft tissues while exercising. It can be performed before, during, or after an exercise or sport activity.
It uses specialised techniques that are designed to help increase performance and endurance, minimise the chances of getting injuries, and if there is an injury, it reduces the recovery time needed.
What does a sports massage therapist do?
A sports massage therapist help in conditioning the muscles of athletes of all levels. They identify the frequency and the types of physical activities performed by the clients and then they use these information in applying the correct and proper massage techniques to the muscle groups.
Athletes employ sports massage therapists to help them condition their muscles before a sporting event. Also, they help their bodies to recover after a strenuous activity or athletic performance.
Benefits of sports massage therapy
Sports massage can help promote the healing of various sports or exercise-related injuries. It also offers other benefits that can help you to exercise or train more efficiently. Some of the benefits include:
- Drains fatigue away
- Relieves swelling
- Reduces muscle tension
- Promotes flexibility
- Healing of injuries from overexertion or overuse
- Relieves pain
- Prevents future injuries
- Improves heart rate and blood pressure
- Increases blood circulation and lymph flow
- Treats injuries like splints, tennis elbows, strains and sprain, corked thighs