Thursday, 29 May 2014

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The Benefits

Sports Massage plays an important part in the life of any sportsman or woman whether they are injured or not. It also provides many physical, physiological and psychological benefits to the wellbeing of any individual.  Massage can :

  • Maintain the body generally in better condition
  • Prevent injuries and loss of mobility
  • Cure and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue
  • Boost performance
  • Extend the overall life of your sporting career

Physical effects of Massage

  • Stretching - Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up
  • Break down scar tissue - Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can effect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain.
  • Improve tissue elasticity - Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic. This is one reason why hard training may not result in improvements. Massage helps reverse this by tretching the tissues

Physiological effects of Sports Massage

  • Pain reduction - Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the bodies endorphins
  • Relaxation - Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length  and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.

Psychological effects of Massage

  • Anxiety reduction - through the effects mentioned, relaxation is induced and so reduces anxiety levels.
  • Invigorating - if done with brisk movements before an event this can produces an invigorating feeling.