Sports massage therapy aims to relieve stress, tension and tightness in the body, by manipulating soft tissue such as; muscle, tendons and ligaments. Sports massage is a deeper and more intense massage.
Techniques were originally developed in order to help improve sporting performance and aid the rehabilitation process. However, it is also beneficial for anyone with an injury, chronic pain, or restricted range of motion. Further treatments have been developed to assist stimulation of muscular activity. Pre-event massage consists of fast, light techniques in order to aid blood circulation and stimulation of the appropriate muscles. The rapid movements also trigger production and release of adrenaline.
As well as benefiting those with a sporting background, sports massage is also beneficial to those with manual jobs or even desk based roles. Sports massage therapy can help to alleviate chronic problems caused by issues such as poor posture, through a course of treatment.
Sports massage therapy is based on a combination of Swedish massage and various other techniques such as; frictions, vibrations, longitudinal stroking and stretching. Therapists require a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology in order to apply the correct pressures on the correct areas of the body.
Some of the benefits of sports massage include:
Assisting in recovery
Decreasing the risk of injury
Breakdown of adipose (fat) cells