THE THREE MAIN MASSAGE BENEFITS
13th December 2017
13th December 2017
There are three areas where sports massage is used to benefit athletes:
Maintenance massage involves having regular massage session. This programme can be used for concentrating on particular muscle groups to help the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility. Maintenance massage is also useful for people who want a general rub down every month or so to keep tension at bay, prevention is always better than cure.
Pre-event and post-event massage therapies are tailored for distinct purposes. Pre-event treatment is used as a supplement to an athlete’s warm-up to enhance circulation and reduce excess muscle and mental tension prior to competition. It is tailored to the needs of the athlete and his/her event and can be relaxing or stimulating as appropriate. Post-event massage, on the other hand, is geared towards reducing the muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with rigorous exercise. Various sports massage techniques enhance the body’s own recovery process improving the athlete’s ability to return to training and competition, and reducing the risk of injury. It also stops those nasty ‘next day’ aches and pains.
Even with preventative maintenance, muscles do cramp, tear, bruise, and ache. Sports massage speeds up healing and reduces the discomfort during the rehabilitation process. Soft tissue techniques are effective in the management of both acute and chronic injuries, so it really is all round useful. The use of trigger point techniques reduces the spasm and pain that occur both in the injured and “compensation” muscles; two for the price of one! All this helps with maintaining a full pain-free range of motion, getting you back on your feet in no time.
Georgia Burrows BSc (Hons) | Revive Sports Massage