As the Tokyo 2020 Olympics draws to a close and we celebrate the great achievements and collection of medals secured by Team GB, there has not been a better time to consider a sports massage. Athletes and sports performers are the greatest users of sports massages. However, you do not need to be an athlete or sports person to benefit from this type of treatment. Sports massages can help with a wide range of day-to-day issues that many of us experience.
In this article, we explore what a sports massage is, how you can benefit from a sports massage and how you can enjoy 10% off sports massages booked at DDB Physiotherapy this August.
What Is A Sports Massage?
So, what is a sports massage? A sports massage is a treatment that helps with the management, manipulation, and rehabilitation of soft tissues in the body. Soft tissue is a connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage. The soft tissues that it can help with include muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Sports massage is specifically designed to help correct problems and imbalances in soft tissue. The problems and imbalances are mostly caused by repetitive and strenuous physical activity or trauma. People who have a sports massage prior to and after exercise often benefit from enhanced physical performance, an aided recovery and injury prevention. It is a great way to generally relax the muscular skeletal system while also targeting any existing problem areas. Following a sports massage treatment, you can often expect relieved muscular tension, a breakdown of adhesions, mobilised soft tissues and reduced pain.
How You Can Benefit From A Sports Massage
Improved Circulation & Lymphatic Flow
Improving your circulation and lymphatic flow is particularly beneficial for your body. A sports massage improves circulation by creating friction between the skin and your fingers. This generated friction is able to stimulate an improvement in both blood and lymphatic flow. Improving blood circulation helps to maintain muscle strength and overall energy, while improving lymphatic flow helps to encourage the removal of toxins and waste products from within the body.
Assisted Removal Of Metabolic Waste
Metabolic waste products can build up within the body, having a sports massage can help to assist with the removal of these through the lymphatic system. By removing the metabolic waste, it is possible to increase relaxation and decrease pain. After the waste has been removed, your muscles become healthier and fatigue less. The metabolic waste is replaced by oxygen and valuable nutrients that aid the maintenance of healthy muscles.
Sedate Or Stimulate Nerve Endings
Sedating or stimulating nerve endings helps to reduce muscle tension. The massage will stimulate the nerve endings within your skin and underlying fascia which detect changes in the environment. These changes are often relate to temperature, pain and pressure. By stimulating the nerve endings, a sports massage helps to relax your muscles and reduce discomfort or pain.
Increase Or Decrease Muscle Tone
Increasing or decreasing muscle tone to suit the needs of each specific client is hugely beneficial. It is also able to address high muscle tone issues, this involves the low-level contraction of muscles that occurs unconsciously. If you have a high muscle tone you often face reduced movement, increased muscle tightness, increased tension, and an increased risk of injury. Having a sports massage in this case is particularly beneficial for sports people that are preparing for an event.
Remodel Scar Tissue
If you have suffered an injury, you will have some scar tissue. Sports massage is effective at breaking down scar tissue which can become restrictive as the elasticity of the scar tissue is lower than the body’s natural muscular tissues. By focusing on the soft tissues at varying levels of pressure, the massage increases the temperature of the scar tissue. This loosens the tissue and allows it to be broken down more easily, which will also remodel it.
Aids Mental Preparation For Sports
Taking part in any form of sports, whether at an amateur/social, semi-professional or professional level requires a certain level of preparation. For many people, this extends beyond a physical training programme and often involves some degree of mental preparation. Sports massage is an invaluable component of your mental preparation as it can provide reassurance and give you the confidence that you and your body are in the best possible condition for the sports activity that you are about to undertake. Having a sports massage can also provide comfort and help to ease any concerns about suffering an injury due to the injury prevention qualities that it offers.
Book Your Sports Massage At DDB Physiotherapy In Lee-On-The-Solent, Hampshire
If you are considering a sports massage, now is a great time to book one at DDB Physiotherapy. Why not enjoy our special offer of 10% off all sports massages booked for August? Our qualified sports massage therapist, Peter, will provide you with a bespoke sports massage that is tailored to suit your specific needs. Peter has a first class degree in sports injury and treatment alongside extensive experience in sports massage. Book your sports massage online or call our clinic on 02392 552266.
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