Mathew Thompson of Elite Performance Sports Massage sees patients at Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic.

Sports massage is a form of massage that aims to help rehabilitate, maintain, relax and support the development soft tissue. Sports massage tends to be delivered slightly deeper than other types of massage but an experienced therapist should know how to alter the massage depending on the client’s needs.

Physical benefits of sports massage:

  • Increasing suppleness and flexibility of muscles and joints
  • Improve blood circulation and nutrient delivery to your muscles
  • Speed up the healing of damaged or stressed muscles, tissues and joints
  • Prevent muscle and tendon injuries
  • Efficient clearing of harmful metabolic by products
  • Tension reduction in your fascia
  • Reduction of your scar tissue
  • Improved tissue elasticity and improvements in your tissue’s ability to absorb nutrients, also known as micro-circulation

Psychological Benefits:

  • A reduction in your approach anxiety, Approach anxiety, which is the anxiety you feel about an upcoming match or event, is a common part of sports participation
  • Enhanced feelings of invigoration and rejuvenation and an increased awareness of your mind-body connection
  • A massage therapist skilled in the art of sports massage will know what techniques to use to help counter your anxiety. The simple act of having your body worked on can give you a psychological edge that reduces your anxiety. After you’ve received a sports massage, it’s likely that you’ll feel a little sore, but you’ll also feel invigorated and refreshed, ready to compete again at your highest level. The restorative effects of massage therapy and the corresponding psychological benefits are crucial for your continued athletic success. So too is an awareness of your mind-body connection, which massage therapy supports. Massage therapy can provide you with an awareness of your body that few other therapeutic modalities can match.

Sports massage is not just for sports performers it suitable for a whole variety of people and is effective in relieving many of the day to day aches and pains that everyone experiences.

Main benefits include:

  • Treatment of Sports Injuries
  • Relieving Muscle Tension
  • Increasing Flexibility
  • Improving sports performance
  • Relieving Back, Neck and Shoulder pain
  • Improve Posture
  • Hand and Foot discomfort

The principle physiological benefits of sports massage therapy include pain reduction and relaxation; two important benefits that can keep you healthy and competitive over time. Sports-related pain can result from a muscle strain, a contusion or bruise or excessive use of a muscle. Overuse of a muscle or muscle group may result in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), a phenomenon that’s long been associated with increased physical exertion, massage therapy is effective at alleviating DOMS by approximately 30 percent and reducing swelling, but it has no effects on muscle function. Muscle relaxation is another important physiological benefit of sports massage therapy. Muscles relax when they’re exposed to heat, receive increased blood circulation and are stretched appropriately; all common results of an effective sports massage therapy session. A reflex relaxation also is caused when your mechanoreceptors–tiny sensory receptors that respond to pressure or changes in tissue length–are stimulated during massage.

For more information or to book an appointment please ring clinic on (0114) 2671223.  Further information can be found at www.epsportsmassage.co.uk

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