Deep tissue massage and sports massage is a set of specialised massage techniques for the treatment of muscle, tendon and ligament problems. Anyone, not just athletes, can benefit from sports massage if they have aches and pains caused by either over use or incorrect use of muscles. The combination of remedial and deep tissue massage, muscle energy techniques and neuromuscular techniques during treatment, combined with advice on remedial exercises will be used to personalise your treatment.
You can use sports massage and deep tissue massage at anytime. The purpose of the massage is to identify and treat the source of your problem, not only the accompanying pain.
How can it help you?
There are a number of key areas that sports massage and deep tissue massage can benefit:
The physical benefits
Through regular monitoring of the condition of muscle and other soft tissues sports massage and deep tissue massage can help prevent injury. Sports massage efficiently breaks down fibrous tissue, scar tissue and adhesions in overworked tissue that can cause stiffness and pain during training and recovery, reducing tight tissues that are prone to repeat injury. This ensures the restoration helps the elasticity of the muscles, ligaments and tendons around the joints, therefore improving joint mobility and returning you to a normal range of movement and quicker overall recovery.
The physiological benefits
During sports massage body fluid such as blood and lymph is actively pushed through the vessels. Facilitation promoted in the circulation encourages the supply of fresh blood needed for recovery and building of new muscle tissue whilst removing toxins produced during times of intense training, competition or postural fatigue from long periods of sitting.
At times of increased stress (physical and mental) the immune system is suppressed reducing your ability to fight common illnesses and thereby decreasing your overall health. Again, the improved circulation can help cell regeneration; hormone release and lymphatic system response and so aid the immune response.
The psychological benefits
Sports massage may help to reduce anxiety, stress and tension helping to support overall wellbeing.
Mechanoreceptors that sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation. Sport massage has also been shown to release hormones responsible for relaxation and euphoria.
These benefits are by no means extensive but do highlight the significance of sports and remedial massage for a number of factors common in everyone. By decreasing the chance of reoccurring niggles and chronic problems and providing the flow of fresh blood enriched in oxygen and nutrients, and removing harmful metabolic waste, in addition to helping mental state sports massage and deep tissue massage can transform the way you feel and increase quality of life.
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