You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from Sports Massage! Sports Massage is also good for people with chronic pain, bad posture, arthritic conditions and even multiple sclerosis.
Sports Massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for performance, recover from an event and increase general function for training. However Sports Massage can also be used for the prevention and acceleration of healing for most soft tissue injuries. There are various types of massage including Body Massage and Holistic Massage that involve the manipulation of soft tissue via certain strokes and movements.
However, Sports Massage is generally a deeper penetration to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and scar tissue in muscles as well as clear the body of toxins and chemicals that build up in the environment or during a sporting environment.
Like Sports Therapy, Sports Massage can help restore normal function within muscles and other structures in the body. Hence, it is a great tool to use during a Sports Therapy session to help aid recovery from an injury when combined with rehabilitation exercises. This also helps re-align scar tissue from injury, an important element of the recovery phase.
As Sports Massage is a deep type of manipulation is good for specific injuries like a tender calf or lower back pain. It can also be used to improve bad posture and remove the build-up of muscular aches and pain. Athletes also use this type of massage to enhance recovery after training or competition and enhance performance pre competition.
If used regularly Sports Massage can prevent the overuse of muscles and reduce risk of injury and maintain good posture.