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What Is A Sports Massage?

What Is A Sports Massage

The question that many of us ask is: what is a sports massage? A sports massage is a type of massage that manipulates the body’s soft tissue and myofascial structures. Despite what its name may suggest, sports massages are suitable for athletes and non-athletes. So don’t worry – you don’t have to be a sports person to benefit from one.

In this article, we explore what a sports massage is, when a sports massage can help, what the benefits are and explain more about the sports massages that are available at DDB Physiotherapy.

What Is A Sports Massage?

So what is a sports massage? A sports massage is a type of massage that manipulates the bodies soft tissue to help relax the muscular skeletal system while also targeting any problem areas for each individual. By having a sports massage you can relieve muscular tension, break down adhesion’s, mobilise soft tissues and reduce pain. It is a very powerful and useful form of massage that can help with a wide range of pain and injuries that you may have.

The sports massage was at first developed for athletes to help prevent and relieve pain from existing injuries but its application has expanded significantly to include anyone who would benefit from its affects. It is typically a fast-paced massage which includes stretching. In the case of athletes, they are commonly used as part of a pre-workout stretch to help activate the muscles and as a post-workout activity to promote flexibility.

When A Sports Massage Can Help

Sports massages can help anyone who would benefit from soft tissue mobilisation. Whether you are an athlete and eager to perform at your best, new to sports/exercise and experiencing aching muscles, recovering from an injury or operation, or looking to prevent future injuries from exercise, a sports massage could be right for you.

Now you know what a sports massage is, it is worth reviewing when one can help. Sports massages are an effective treatment in the following situations:

Treat Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) can be an uncomfortable and disruptive issue for athletes and non-athletes alike. It can be caused by a number of factors but is often the result of minor muscle or connective tissue damage – local muscle spasm that reduces blood flow or a build-up of waste products in your muscles. A sports massage effectively treats DOMS by reducing muscle spasms, clearing out waste products and increasing blood flow to the treated area. Damaged tissues are also repaired by the extra oxygen and nutrients from the increased blood flow.

Supercharge Your Training Programme

Training programmes are always a challenge. But what if you could add something into your programme that will supercharge its effectiveness and does not involve extra training? A sports massage will give your training programme a welcome boost by helping your body to recover from the stress of exercise while also encouraging muscle recovery. Adding a sports massage into your training programme will improve blood and lymph circulation, promote muscle relaxation and flush out waste products. Be ready for the demands on your intense training programme with reduced soreness and increased flexibility.

Prepare For A Sports Event

Pre-event preparation is key to great event performance. A pre-event sports massage can be enjoyed directly before exercise or during the weeks before the event. It is a great way to enhance your performance during the event while also reducing the chance of an injury. Start your next sports event with the confidence that your muscles are warmed up and prepared so you can deliver your best performance.

Relax Post-Event Or After Exercise

Just completed a marathon, half marathon, 10k or 5k run? A sports massage is the perfect way to relax post event. Whether you are a keen runner, cyclist, footballer, or rugby player why not relax post-event and help your muscles to recover? A massage will prepare you for your next event and it can even help to prevent injuries. Reduce any residual muscle spasms and metabolic build-up of waste products that occur after you have exercised with an easy and hassle-free treatment.

Relieve Tight Muscles

Muscle tightness is a problem that many of us encounter at some point as a result of exercise or even our everyday activities. When left untreated, muscle tightness can limit flexibility and increase pain which in turn can contribute to future injuries. Relieving tight muscles is easy with a sports massage as it increases the blood flow through muscles while breaking down inflexible tissues and stretching muscle fibres.

Key Benefits Of A Sports Massage

Decrease Muscle Pain

Having a sports massage can significantly reduce and control muscle pain. It provides intense relaxation, which interrupts the body’s pain signals and releases endorphins, which are known as the body’s natural pain killers. This type of massage can also improve your mood and even decrease anxiety.

Increase Flexibility

As a result of a sports massage, your muscle tissues are expanded and stretched which helps to release any stored pressure. You will be able to leave muscle knots and tightness behind that are affecting your flexibility and movement on a daily basis.

Faster Recovery From An Injury

The recovery process following an injury can be frustrating and can test anyone’s patience especially as you just want to get back to doing what you love. If you have suffered a tear or sprain, scar tissue will have formed as part of the healing process from this. A sports massage breaks down the scar tissue and helps to speed up the process of restoring movement. The resulting increased blood circulation will deliver oxygen to the area and repair any damaged tissues.

Improve Athletic Performance

For athletes, maximising performance is everything. If you want to maximise your performance, having a sports massage will certainly help. The massage will help you recover from exercise, prevent future injuries, increase muscle movement, and can even help you to mentally prepare for your next game, event or exercise session. You will be able to train more frequently and enhance your performance.

Promote Muscle Relaxation

Relaxed muscles are comfortable and ready for movement. The heat generated during a sports massage relaxes your muscles and primes them ready for everyday activities and athletic performance.

Sports Massages In Lee On The Solent

Sports massage is one of the key treatments that we offer at our physiotherapy clinic in Lee On The Solent. Our sports massage therapists are ready to help you manage muscle pain, recover from an injury or improve your athletic performance. We provide individually tailored, high quality sports massages to a range of clients. 45 minute and 1 hour sports massages are available. Book your sports massage today using our online booking system or by calling our friendly team on 02392 552266.

In November, we are welcoming Sonia, our new sports massage therapist to the DDB Physiotherapy team. Book an appointment with Sonia during November and December to enjoy a 10% discount.

October 27, 2021

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