All About Sports Massage Therapy

by Ruth Johnson
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Massage is the word, which brings a sense of calmness to the mind, though we are yet to take one. We know most of you are the recipients of the massage therapy that rejuvenates and relaxes you.

The same technique is used for athletes who are under extreme pressure to perform. Their body too needs the regular relaxation, but in a specific technique, and their bodies are prone to injuries hence need an additional therapeutic consultation to heal the injuries and recoup.

Massage for sports athlete is one of the important parts to recover completely from injuries. It is a process in sports rehab. This is a booming profession that is making waves in the market. Well, to know more about the benefits of this, continue reading.

Massage benefits for athletes:

Physiotherapists use the handles in the patient's leg to lie on the bed in a medical room.

Massage needn’t be only for injured athletes, it can be considered as a part of an active lifestyle, to relax the muscles and strengthen them. It’s a perfect pain reliever and stress buster.

Massage might not reflect immediate changes, yet they are extremely beneficial to help release the fluids located within deep tissues. This involves the use of different techniques, that helps an athlete to rebuild the lost tissues and stamina.

Below are expanded benefits:

Circulation Improvement:

This is the most useful benefit, especially for a sports athlete. Normally any massage improves blood flow to the massaged parts. This blood flow maximizes the supply of nutrients and required oxygen to the tissue cells, helping in self-repair and rebuild. This also increases the metabolism rate of tissue cells, which is essential for any athlete.

Increased recovery rate:

Therapist giving lower back sports massage to athlete male patient in clinic

Any injury during sports needs a lot of recovery time. But when the treatment is accompanied by a message, the recovery time is reduced, or the rate at which recovery takes place increases, thus ensuring that the athlete can get back on track sooner.

Products like lactic acid and carbonic acid tend to pile up in the body after an exercise, which is toxic waste products. They need to be released too. This massage helps the body flush out toxins effectively and re-energize the body.

Flexibility:

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Massage helps in getting your body in motion and makes it more flexible than before. This increases the power of the body to perform, which aids inefficient performance and facilitating the body’s response.

Overtraining prevention:

There is something called “overtraining” syndrome which limits the effect on building up of muscles. Massage has the power to prevent that stage by relaxing the muscles which in turn relaxes the nervous system.

Well, let’s now see the types of massage available:

Massage for sports/Athletes: this is the general sports massage which concentrates on the specific area of the person, based on the athlete’s choice of sports. The specific technique is used to release tension from the parts and focus are shifted to the overused body parts, helping to relax them.

Therapy at Trigger point: trigger point as the name says, is an area of the muscle tissue, known to cause pain in the rest of the parts of the body. This message is aimed at reducing the pain at the birth points through pressure for specific parts and releasing them.

The point is identified with the participants identifying the exact location and discussing the intensity of the pain and relaxing through deep breathing.

Massage for the deep tissues: this is very similar to Swedish massage. But, the pressure which is deeper helps in releasing the tension in the muscles. This massage throws attention to the deepest tissues lying in the tendons, the layer surrounding the muscles and tissues.

Assisted massage: this one uses an instrument that is soft to the tissues. With the help of the instrument, the pain is reduced.

Tips for massaging at home:

Massage with ball

In case you don’t have time to hit the clinic, and still, want to get rid of the pain, we have some tips for you, easy to follow.

Use the thumb finger, in fact, all the fingers, even the elbows to massage. In case you have already got a session from the therapist, you might know the strokes, follow the same.  Else, just gently rub your fingers on the affected areas, keep kneading and pressing with the pressure that suits you.

There are tools available too, make use of them. Like the hand tools, sticks, rollers etc. they help you in reaching the unreachable spots.

 

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