Sports massage is aimed at relaxing your muscles to leave you feeling invigorated and refreshed. Due to the everyday demands and stresses we place on our bodies it is common to feel dull aches and pains caused by muscle tightness. Sports massage is an excellent and therapeutic way of relieving this tightness with immediate effect. Its benefits include:
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved blood flow and lymphatic drainage
- Removal of metabolic waste
- Restoring muscle length and mobility
- Improved flexibility
- Breaking down of scar tissue
- Prevention of injury
- Can assist in mental preparation for participation within sports
How sports massage works:
When muscles become tight local knots known as trigger points develop within the muscle. These locally tight bands can cause pain and aching and can cause what is known as ‘referred pain’ where pain begins to travel from the trigger point into the surrounding area. Sports massage is an excellent treatment option for reducing these tight knots and therefore the pain and discomfort which they can cause.
But I don’t play sport:
Many people believe that sports massage is only for those who participate in sport yet this is absolutely not true. Due to the stresses and strains placed on the body during everyday activities every one of us is predisposed to having tight muscles somewhere in their body at some point in their life.
For example, any repetitive activity such as sitting at a desk all day answering the phone with a poor posture can frequently lead to tight neck muscles. Whether you do no sport at all, regularly participate in sport or are a top athlete who trains every day, sports massage can greatly benefit you.
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