Why Should You Get a Sports Massage?

benefits of sports massageWhat do the Washington Nationals and the Olympic Figure Skating Team have in common? Both have sports massage therapists on staff to keep the athletes performing at their peak.

While you may not train at the same level as a professional, your exercise routine can still be hard on your body—you may notice that your muscles feel tight and sore after a good workout. To keep yourself injury free and able to enjoy your workouts, you need to take care of your body. Sports massage—sometimes called exercise massage—can help.

What is sports massage?

Quite simply, sports massage is a therapeutic massage technique where the sports massage therapists concentrates on helping the person recover from, or prevent, sports-related injuries. Sports massage often focus on problem areas like hamstring muscles, IT bands, and rotator cuffs. Massage helps muscles heal between workouts.

Benefits of Sports Massage

If you work with a trainer, they’ve probably stressed the importance of letting your muscles heal in between workouts. Massage can facilitate that healing process. In fact, massage for sport injury prevention is one of the primary reasons we see athletes at Rejuvenations Massage. Massage for flexibility is another benefit of it.

When you exercise, the constant build up of tension in the muscles can lead to stresses on your joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Many people will ignore these muscle aches, feeling like they aren’t a “serious enough” athlete to need sports massage. Massage will help with flexibility and keep your muscles supple.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or a pro—muscle injury is very uncomfortable and, when ignored, can cause serious damage that prevents you from exercising at all. Research shows that sports massage (when applied by a skilled, trained therapist) is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the muscular-skeletal system. That’s why regular massage may help prevent injuries. Massage is great as a muscle strain treatment or muscle sprain treatment. Couple stretching and massage for added benefits to keeping your body injury free.

More Benefits of Sports Massage

  • It gets your blood pumping. The stroking movements move fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels, which is especially important in tight or damaged muscle tissue because blood can’t flow through a tight muscle, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and the energy to repair. (Exercise helps blood flow too, but massage also stretches the muscles, which helps nutrients pass through more easily.)
  • It increases tissue permeability. Therapeutic massage opens the pores in tissue membranes, which allows fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourages the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients, which help them recover quicker.
  • It stretches tissue. Massage stretches tissues that you can’t stretch yourself, such as the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle. This releases tension and pressure build up.
  • It breaks down scar tissue. Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma, and can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain.

Who benefits from sports massage?

Whether you’re training for triathlons, training with weights, or taking water aerobics, your exercise routine will be much more satisfying and fun if you stay injury free.

Can massage improve your game? Yes. Massage is shown to improve performance. We see people athletes of all types: runners, cyclists, marathoners, triathletes, yogis, and dancers. Anyone who exercises can benefit from a sports massage.

When to get a sports massage

There is no right time for a sports massage. Professional athletes will get a massage before a sport event, and then again after. We’ve heard stories of athletes getting a massage during the event! It’s all beneficial.

Massage after a race, such as a marathon or cycling event, is especially beneficial. After all, you’ve just seriously exerted every bit of effort you had to perform; you’re body will appreciate the rejuvenating effects of a sports massage.

Sports massage vs deep tissue?

You may ask what the difference between sports massage and deep tissue. Deep tissue massage is a therapeutic technique. Sports massage is a focus on massage therapy to specifically help the body recover from exercise. A sports massage therapist my use deep tissue techniques, and they may use other techniques in your sports massage.

Sports massage therapists

Several of talented staff are sports massage therapists and have additional training in sports massage. As athletes themselves, they understand exactly what you need to perform at your absolute best. Book your sports massage today! Just book a therapeutic massage and let your therapist know that you are interested in a sports massage…they take care of you.

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