Sports Massage involves massage techniques with related soft tissue techniques and post-treatment advice to manage, manipulate and rehabilitate the various soft tissues of the body.
It can be applied to alleviate a variety of aches and pains, whether they arise in a sporting or recreational context or simply from the stresses of modern life. This treatment also aims to help release muscle holding patterns and to stretch and lengthen tissue thereby correcting poor postural patterns.
Sports massage has many benefits including:
- Increased tissue permeability – Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker
- Break down of scar tissue – Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can effect 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 shorten and inelastic. This is one reason why hard training may not result in improvements. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues.
- Pain reduction – Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the bodies endorphins.