Sports massage is a deeper, more targeted form of massage that helps you recover from or avoid injury. It can be undertaken at any point, pre or post event.
Sports massage is not just for competitive sports people it is also an important tool in the treatment of many soft tissue injuries.
The benefits of sports massage can be broadly divided into three distinct categories:
Sports massage can lead to increased blood flow and consequently nutrient delivery to your muscles, more effective removal of metabolic waste, reduced fascial tension, reduction in scar tissue and improved tissue elasticity.
The main physiological benefits are pain reduction and muscle relaxation. Pain can occur from a muscle strain, overuse
or bruising. Muscle overuse may lead to 'Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness,' (DOMS), which is related with increased exercise.
Many research papers have been published on the alleviating of DOMS through sports massage. Muscle relaxation is caused by exposure to heat, increased circulation and stretching, all of which occur during sports massage.
After receiving a sports massage, you may feel a little sore, but you should also feel refreshed and invigorated.