Sports massage concentrates on either healing a previous activity-caused injury or preventing an injury, with a customised approach to different sports and sporting injuries. While sports massage is highly specialised and differs from a deep tissue massage, some of the massage techniques are similar.
Sports massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure to relieve tension. Sports massage is generally not a relaxing form of massage and can be quite robust. Targeted tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system.
Sports massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows or forearm. Sports massage helps to breakdown fibrous tissue, scar tissue and adhesions in overworked tissue that cause stiffness and pain during training and recovery, as well as inflexible tissues prone to injury.
Sports massage is both preventative and therapeutic, and used for athletes during warm-ups, training and competition, to treat and/or aid in the prevention of injuries, reduce potential recovery time, help improve flexibility, range of motion, increase endurance, improve performance, and aid mental clarity.
Sports massage helps reduce muscle spasms and metabolic build-up of waste products that occur during exercise. A sports massage is also used to help pre event. Sports massage has multiple benefits – from achieving peak performance to personal fitness goals – by helping muscles recover, prevent injuries and prepare the body for future exercise.
Before commencing your treatment your trained therapist will get a full understanding of your medical history, possible cause of injury and pain, and your customised requirements. In a professional setting, sports massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table. The client may be fully or partly unclothed with some of the body covered with towels or sheets for modesty and comfort.
Your sports massage therapist will check on comfort and pressure throughout your session. Sports massage is often done over a series of sessions so that your massage therapist can track progress and recovery. Sports massage treatment may also include stretching and prescribed exercises for rehabilitation.
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