Anyone can benefit from a sports massage

You don’t have to be an athlete or ever take part in any form of sporting activity to benefit from sports massage. It is perfect for relieving everyday aches and pains and resolving long term niggles that won’t seem to disappear.

Sports massage?

Sports massage is a manual therapy designed to help alleviate muscle tension and strains caused by physical activity and sports. It also prevents injuries and loss of mobility, cures and restores mobility to injured muscle tissue, helps to maintain the body in generally better condition and improves well-being and quality of life.

Regular sports massage treatments should play an important part in the life of any man or woman whether they are injured or not.

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Relieving everyday aches & pains

Hours spent at a desk or sitting in traffic puts abnormal stresses and strains on the body, which can lead to minor injuries within the musculoskeletal system.

Sports massage increases blood flow to the injured site aiding the healing process. Techniques such as cross frictions are ideal for breaking down scar tissue within the muscles leading to a more comfortable and happier you.

How a sports massage may benefit you…

Physical Benefits

Scar tissue resulting from previous injuries or trauma and can affect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to re-injury and pain.

Muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise and sideways during massage, It can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, releasing any tension or pressure build up.

Deep massage opens the pores in tissue, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through, removing waste products such as lactic acid and encouraging the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker..

Massage increases blood flow to tissues. It opens the blood vessels enabling nutrients to pass through more easily

Physiological Benefits

Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the bodies endorphins.

Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.

Psychological Benefits

Through the effects mentioned above relaxation is induced and so reduces anxiety levels.

If massage is done with brisk movements such as what would be done before an event then this can produce an invigorating feeling.