An aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient
Sports massage uses a variety of techniques and pressure to help prevent injury and in some cases to speed up recovery time post injury.
In the world of sport it is generally agreed that a complete training programme should not just include exercise, but also regular massage. Different sports use muscle groups in different ways, a sports massage is often tailored to each individual’s activities.
A sports massage is not just for athletes and can benefit anyone doing any type of exercise. What are the benefits? A sports massage can relax muscles, relieve any swelling around joints, boost circulation and the immune system so that the body heals more quickly, improve flexibility and body strength, reduce heart rate and blood pressure and increase circulation and lymph flow,
Although sports massage is aimed at people who push their bodies through exercise, it can benefit those that don’t exercise. If you’re running around with small children all the time, or you have a physically demanding job, a regular sports massage may help you with general aches and stiffness. Sports massage is often prescribed by doctors to treat back or muscle strain or as part of a rehabilitation programme for people who’ve had an injury. After injuries sports massage can make recovery easier and reduce risks of further injury.
As with all types of massage there may be contraindications.
Massage therapists are trained to recognise when and whether a massage will do their client more harm than good. If such a situation arises, you will be referred on to another health professional.
You may feel a bit sore, after a sports massage, so allow time for rest and recovery.
Massage can have a dehydrating effect on the body, but you can combat this by drinking plenty of water before and afterwards.