The most effective form of injury rehabilitation therapy for speeding up the healing process and preventing re-injury.
'Without it, the injured athlete very rarely recovers fully'.
Fitness - Related Benefits of Massage
In sport, most injuries occur through overuse, which often builds up unnoticed over a period of time.
If treated as a one off event, without addressing the root cause of the overuse, a return to sport in the same way will be likely to reproduce the same injury again.
Sports Massage is dedicated as much to injury prevention as it is to injury treatment and rehabilitation in which the therapist can give preventative treatment as well as advice for sport injuries.
A competitive sportsman is rarely completely satisfied with his or her performance and often aims for a level which is just beyond what they can actually achieve.
So the overall objective of the sports massage therapist is to help enhance performance and enjoyment of sport, at whatever level of participation.
The Benefits of Regular Sports Massage
Improves Quantity and Quality of Training
- Massage improves circulation and general nutrition of muscles.
- Massage maximizes the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow which helps the body rebuild itself.
Helps Identify and Deal with Potential Injuries
- Massage therapist thoroughly assesses the condition of the tissues and will often identify areas of pain and tension that you did not realise you had.
- These could be sites of potential overuse injury, which can then be dealt with before they affect training and performance.
- Massage can help prevent over training. Massage has a relaxing effect on the muscles, as well as a sedative effect on the nervous system.
- This can prevent over training syndrome, which has a limiting effect on muscle building.
Enables Fine Tuning of Training
- By identifying potential problems early it is possible to monitor the effects of traiing and make vital adjustments to a pogramme, for example; improving stretching on a particular muscle, or missing out a particular exercise for a few days.
- Massage improves the range of motion and muscle flexibility. This results in increased power and performance which helps you work efficiently and with proper intensity to facilitate the body's muscle building response.
Massage when injured
- Massage helps to shorten recovery time between work outs. Waste products such as lactic and carbonic acid build up in muscles after exercise.
- Increased circulation to these muscles helps to eliminate toxic debris and shorten recovery time. Massage helps prevent and even heal injuries by stretching connective tissue, massage improves circulation to prevent or break down adhesions.
- Continuing to train with a minor injury is definitely not going to aid its recovery, but rest alone may not be the best thing to do either. Although the damaged tissues will repair and stop causing pain after a period of rest the build up of scar tissue that can result may leave the muscle permanently weaker and less flexible.
- Thus, massage is needed in addition to rest if this is to prevented and full function is to be restored.