Sports massage is specifically tailored to different sports and sporting injuries. It is not a relaxing form of massage and can often be quite strenuous. It works by stretching tight muscles, stimulating inactive muscles and improving the condition of the soft tissue.
The aim of sports massage is to reduce the stress and tension that can build up in the soft tissues of the body during exercise. This form of massage is used to:
- increase endurance
- improve performance
- reduce the chance of injury
- reduce recovery time after an injury.
One of the main benefits of sports massage is that it can prevent you from getting sore muscles after you exercise (known as ‘delayed onset muscle soreness’). It will also help you exercise more efficiently and prevent some of the common ailments that go with exercise.
Sports massage may also improve your heart rate and blood pressure, increase your circulation and lymph flow, and help treat injuries, including shin splint, tennis elbow, sprains and strains.
For this reason it is important to drink more water after your massage and do this for a couple of days to rehydrate your body
It’s used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.