The Benefits of Sports Massage
Massage therapy, is actually a combination of several different techniques. The goal of sports massage is to help muscles relax and relieve tension in the body with a combination of hand strokes and gentle oils. It is also a timeout for the athlete to just let go and relax which has major benefits for performance.
Improved circulation and general nutrition of muscles. This is one of the most valuable benefits of sports massage. Massage improves the supply of nutrients and oxygen though increased blood flow and this process helps the body rebuild itself.
Improved range of motion and muscle flexibility. Flexibility and range of motion are two of the most important attributes of good performance. Without flexibility and range of motion, muscles can tear as well as perform poorly. Poor posture can also occur when muscles are inflexible and tight which can contribute to injuries.
Reduced recovery time between workouts. Waste products such as lactic build up in muscles after exercise. Increased circulation to these muscles helps to eliminate
Helps prevent and even heal injuries. By stretching connective tissue, massage improves circulation to help prevent or break down adhesions. Massage also influences the excretion of certain fluids (nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur) necessary for tissue repair.