How To Tell If You Need a Sports Massage
Posted on 16th August 2021 at 10:32
• Do you sit at a desk for hours as part of your job?
• Do you have a physically active job or spend all day on your feet, leaving you aching and sore?
• Has tension built up in your legs, arms, and/or back because of playing sport or exercising?
Having a sports massage treatment is one of the most effective ways to maintain and protect your body from aches, pains, and injuries, whether those aches and pains are as a result of sport or of lifestyle.
And the best thing is that having a massage won't just have a positive effect on your body. You’ll also find having a regular full body massage has major psychological benefits including; reducing the effects of stress, anxiety, and depression; improving your sleep patterns; and promoting a better and deeper sleep.
Amateur and professional athletes alike use sports massage to help them recover from injuries or intensive training, reduce pain, and prevent further damage - as well as to warm up, cool down or relax before or after exercise.
But you can benefit from sports massage even if you don't exercise regularly. Perhaps you’re worried about muscle tension due to stress, desk work, or bad posture. Maybe you suffer from tension headaches or a stiff neck, or your knees hurt when you use the stairs. How your pain is created doesn’t make a difference… it’s very likely that a sports massage will help you feel better. Sports massage therapists can tailor the treatment to your specific needs, such as stiffness in the limbs, tense muscles or ligaments, back pain or tight shoulders and neck, so that you get the most from your treatment.
What Are The Benefits of Sports Massage?
In sports massage, qualified therapists use intense massage techniques that often involve deep pressure and heavy kneading of the body's soft tissue areas – such as muscles, tendons, and fascia – as well as some specific techniques such as active release, stretching, and trigger point therapy. Tight and damaged muscles are painful and affect your range of motion. These tense muscles also hold onto waste products such as lactic acid, so a deep massage will help get the fluids and nutrients flowing and will help your body to release its own natural endorphins.
Here Are Four Reasons You Should Try A Sports Massage:
1. To reduce pain
Pain can affect any part of the body. A bad back or shoulders is one of the most common complaints, particularly from people who are office workers. A sports massage can release the built-up tension, reset your posture, and make you feel so much better!
2. To relieve tension and stiffness
Deep massage combats tension and stiffness by warming and stretching the tissues and increasing blood flow to the muscles. This helps the muscles to move more easily and flexibly.
3. To prevent 'delayed onset muscle soreness' (DOMS)
DOMS is the painful, stiff feeling that usually comes on after exercise that was particularly strenuous or unfamiliar to your body. It appears hours - or even days - later. A sports massage will help to ward off DOMS before the tension and discomfort kicks in.
4. It can make you feel good
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Most of us will know how great it feels to have even a simple, relaxing back massage. An intensive, targeted sports massage has many positive effects on your psychological wellbeing, which helps improve performance and recovery. The specialist techniques will encourage the body to release its own mood-enhancing chemicals; dopamine and serotonin. This helps to increase calmness and focus and to reduce anxiety. It’ll also help you to sleep better.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your appointment today!
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