Sports massage was developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. However, contrary to what the name suggests, you don't have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage emphasises prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons and can be beneficial for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion, athlete or not.
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Even if you don't do any form of sport or exercise, our everyday movements still put stresses on our body, which can, over time, lead to long-term issues. Many office workers, for example, who spend long hours every day sitting at a desk suffer from pain and stiffness in their neck, shoulders and lower back, which can become quite serious problems if left unchecked. Regular sports massage will help to ease the strain put on these areas of your body, reducing the risk of serious problems arising.
Sports massage will help your muscles, as well as your mind to become more relaxed and loose, allowing them to move more freely and preventing them from becoming too tight and stiff. People who drive a lot as part of their job have similar problems and can benefit from sports massage in the same way. Anyone working in a physically demanding job where movements such as lifting and carrying heavy objects are regularly required can also benefit from regular sports massage to help counteract the stress put on their knee joints, lower back and shoulders.
Sports Therapists use effleurage massage to stimulate circulation of blood and lymph fluids, trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles), and stretching to increase range of motion. Other techniques could include myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage and orthopedic assessment.
So, as you can see, sports massage is not just for athletes at the top of their game. Regular sports massage can help to prevent and treat injury for anyone, no matter how active they are, improve recovery time and keep you feeling healthy and relaxed. Get in touch to find out how sports massage can help you and book a massage today.