Sports massage has a number of physical, physiological and psychological benefits. As well as helping the body to recover from any injuries incurred as a result of strenuous physical activity, a course of therapy also has a role to play in any athlete or sportsperson’s long-term injury prevention strategy.
Setting aside time for regular massage treatment can help to improve performance, mobility and overall long-term well-being. The physical benefits include:
Sports massage therapy removes the tension and waste products in the body which cause pain, as well as helping to release the body’s natural endorphins.
Improved circulation and delivery of nutrients to the muscles
Helping to increase the blood flow to the tissues, allowing nutrients to pass through to them more easily.
Breakdown of scar tissue
A course of sports massage therapy is useful in breaking down the scar tissues of the body which helps to increase blood flow to supply muscles and tissues.
Reducing stress in the connective tissues
Sports massage manipulates and stretches connective muscle tissues, with the aim of releasing stress and built-up pressure. Intense sports training can cause tissues to become hard and inflexible. Stretching the muscle tissues can help to reverse this inflexibility.
Reducing stress and anxiety
Sports massage is useful for reducing anxiety and stress, which helps to improve mood and overall sports performance.