is a very special method of massage that is designed to aid and assist sports players in enhancing their performance and endurance. Additionally, sports massage is more focused on relaxing the client, especially for pre-game massages. A comprehensive workout involves not only the exercise itself but also catering for the heir physical limits through exercise. Running, cycling, hiking, swimming, football, basketball, dancing, tennis, strength training and any other sort of aerobic activity will benefit immensely from a sports massage. Including massage into any training or conditioning program will reduce stiffness and soreness. Sports massage will also assist you to recover faster from heavy workouts and relieve conditions which may bring about injuries.
Purpose of Sports Massage
The purpose of sports massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance. It alleviates muscle stress and tension, relieves swelling, drains away lactic acid that causes fatigue, promotes flexibility and prevents injury. Whether you are an athlete or an occasional sports person, sports massage helps you perform to the best of your ability. How Sports Massage Differs From Other Types of Massage: Continuous overuse of the body which occurs from systematically increasing levels of training can cause minor injuries and lesions, causing major imbalances in the soft tissues. Sports massage has been used for many years as a healing therapy and it benefits the body as a whole systematically. Sports massage works predominantly to alleviate the buildup of stress and tension which occurs in the soft tissues of the body during physical activity. The approach varies depending on the area of concern to be addressed. Depending on the athlete's desire, the technique may include a mixture of Swedish massage, stretching, and deep tissue massage. Below are the three main strokes used in sports massage.
Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, fingertips and thumbs usually carried out at the beginning and end of a sports massage session.
Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and fingers used on deeper tissues to induce relaxation, stretch muscle fibers, and mobilize the flow of internal fluids.
Friction: Circular pressure with the palms, thumbs and fingers. This stroke can also break down lesions and recent scar tissue and separates muscle fibers. Friction should only be used for short periods as longer periods can cause irritation and inflammation.
How is Sports Massage Used?
Sports massage includes prevention, maintenance, and rehabilitation and is used:
1. Pre-event: geared at reducing injury and enhancing improvement in performance.
2. Inter-event: helping the athlete recover and stay fit for the next event.
3. Post- event: focusing on tissue normalization and repair, ensuring mental and physical relaxation.
Benefits of Sports Massage:
Continuous build up of tension as a result of overuse can stress the joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Occurring muscle imbalances, if left untreated, can lead to discomfort and decrease athletic performance. Sports massage benefits the athlete in various ways and is very effective for releasing muscle tension and returning balance to the muscle-skeletal system while helping athletes prevent injuries. Below is a list of some of the benefits of Sports Massage.
• Reduction of muscle tension
• Improvement in flexibility
• Improvement in blood circulation & lymphatic flow
• Reduction in heart rate and blood pressure
• Relief from muscular pain
• Aiding the removal of metabolic waste
• Sedation and stimulating of nerve endings
• Increasing/decreasing muscle tone and length
• Aiding mental preparation
How safe is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is very safe. Similarly, as with other massage therapies; there are occasions when sports massage tends to be ruinous rather than beneficial to you. Sports massage should be avoided when any of the following is present:
• Varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis
• Tumors - where there is swelling, which is inconsistent with recent bruising.
• Open wounds, recent injuries, muscle tears, burns, sprained ligaments, chilblains.
When in doubt, it is advisable to consult a physician before receiving sports massage particularly when you feel unwell, have a high temperature or showing any symptoms that may require medical advice.
Why go for a Sports Massage?
Massaging is now considered an integral and important part of most professional athletic regimes. Sports coaches and high performing athletes alike are aware of the belief that sports massage provides as an extra advantage. Adding regular sports massage into your conditioning program can have physiological and psychological benefits resulting in enhanced performance and power. Murfreesboro Massage Therapy can bring you such an experience.
Murfreesboro Massage Therapy is your answer for a sports massage.
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