Benefits of Sports and Athletic Massage
Athletes, both professional and amateur, put a lot of stress on their bodies by participating in strenuous physical activities on a regular basis. It is important for them to maintain proper conditioning as well as allow sufficient time for recovery and therapy. Sports massage is one form of therapy that is beneficial to any athlete, whether they are heavy weightlifters, swimmers, or tennis players. It is designed to keep them flexible, reduce fatigue, and relieve swelling in the muscles.
Delayed-onset muscle soreness, known as DOMS, is a pain that develops shortly after strenuous exercise. This is a common problem for many athletes and can hinder their ability to perform at maximum capacity. Studies have shown that sports massages can reduce the painful effects of DOMS and reduce the swelling of the muscles, leaving these athletes more able to reach their standard levels of performance. By improving blood and lymphatic system circulation, swelling is reduced because of the removal of metabolites and other toxins that build up in the muscles due to DOMS.
When muscles are over exercised, they lose their ability to relax. A result of this is a tightening of the muscle leading to a reduction in flexibility. It can be dangerous to continue training with tight muscles such as these and exposes athletes to a higher likelihood of injuries – specifically tears in the muscles. These can be very painful and restrict the movement of the athlete, meaning they may not be able to perform the actions required by their sport. Massage therapy is helpful in combating these problems by promoting muscle relaxation, greater flexibility, and improved range of motion.
Massage for athletes also has profound psychological effects. Massage therapy increase serotonin and dopamine, helping to relieve stress and anxiety. Cortisol, which also contributes to stress, is reduced during massage. This means that the athlete can benefit from a relaxed state which helps to improve focus going into any event or competition. This heightened awareness and confident state of mind directly improves performance and helps the athlete to make more sound, in-tune decisions to prevent injuries.
Sports massages are vital in improving recovery times for athletes. By promoting circulation and flexibility, muscles are less likely to experience damage or overuse in between periods of competition. A shortened recovery time means that the athlete will be ready to go at full speed and effort for his or her next event.
If you are an athlete that has suffered from DOMS, overuse, or any ailments caused by your craft, you may benefit from athletic massage therapy. Your muscles are important for your success, and massage therapy can help keep them fine-tuned and ready to go at any time. Consult with a therapist today to see what treatments can work for you.
Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage suggests that you ask the following questions when interviewing a potential Sports Massage therapist or any other type of massage therapist, for that matter:
- Does the therapist have a sports massage certification?
- Is the therapist licensed or registered as a massage therapist in the province?
- Does the therapist have training in any specific massage modalities?
Beyond all that, you should just relax and enjoy the process while your body is being directed onto the path of healing. Book Your Sports Massage Today!