Although the title “Sports Massage” conjours up a therapy dedicated to the elite athlete or sports person at the top of his or her game, this is certainly not the case. The majority of people of any age, from the sedentary to the physically active can benefit from Sports Massage. Each technique can be applied to suit the client, taking into account age, musculature and the type of problems the client is experiencing. Care and consideration is always applied during the massage.
Sports massage is an excellent way of relieving stress and tension brought on by everyday life as well as helping the athlete recover from intensive training.
Sports Massage has many benefits. As well as leaving you “feeling good” it can reduce the heart rate, increase blood circulation and lymphatic flow, reduce muscle tension, assist in the improvement of flexibility and reduce muscle pain.
After exercise (particularly sports excercise) the body may experience DOMS – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Massage assists in alleviating this soreness by relaxing and stretching the muscle and surrounding soft tissue and so increasing the local blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. The added neurological effects of massage are likely to reduce the hypersensitivity of the nerve endings, thus reducing pain.
Some conditions that may be helped by Sports Massage are:
- Chronic back pain
- Muscle stiffness
- Tennis of golfers elbow
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Various sports injuries
A sports massage session usually lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Clients may be asked to carry out a stretching programme at home to assist in the effects of the massage.