Sports massage is a form of massage that aims to help rehabilitate, maintain, relax and support the development of 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.
Mathew Thompson leads the highly skilled and specialist sports massage team at Hallamshire Physiotherapy Clinic.
Physical benefits of sports massage:
Sports massage is not just for sports performers, it is 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:
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.
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