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Sports Massage – Preventing Injury and Increasing Recovery

Massage is a wonderful thing. It’s ideal for people who need to relax; get a little stress relief with some ‘me’ time, and has physiological and psychological benefits.

Sports massage is a little different in that it has a specific physical goal; to help prevent injury,

– or in the event of injury, to help heal it as part of a therapeutic program. It’s very different from a relaxing massage at a spa; it’s designed to work into the tissues to elongate muscles and improve blood and nutrient flow, as well as waste product elimination.


Pushing your Body

Yes; exercise is fantastic and ultimately good for your overall health, but if you are going to push your body you must prepare it and maintain it to avoid potential injury.

With strenuous exercise, your muscles can lose their ability to relax and they become shorter and tighter. Chronically tight muscles will lose their flexibility and that is really asking for trouble, as it makes you so much more susceptible to injury.

If your muscles lose flexibility, they can easily pull or tear, and tight muscles become very sore. Blood flow is poor through tightened muscles (ischemia) and that also cause pain, so aside from intelligent stretching and warming up/down, incorporating sports massage has several benefits.


How Sports Massage helps


  • It reduces your chances of injury by improving muscle flexibility and range of motion.
  • It helps shorten the recovery time needed between each workout, allowing you to maximise your training.
  • It increases blood flow through the whole body, optimising the supply of oxygen and nutrients all over; dilating veins and reducing blood pressure.
  • It helps eliminate metabolic waste products- for instance lactic acid after hard exercise; lactic acid is a by-product of all exercise and it can be absolutely agonising.
  • The stresses of fairly strenuous exercise take a toll, so massage will help improve blood and lymph circulation to flush waste products out of your system.


The benefits of Sports massage are cumulative; with repetitive massage therapy in a regular program you’ll see a difference in your performance and in your recovery rates.



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