What is a sports massage?
During the intense training or exercising the muscles can get tensed and cause the body stiffness. Sports massage is a therapy for soft tissue injuries and injury prevention. It helps both professional athletes and someone who enjoys sports as a part of a lifestyle to enhance the performance and body recovery. Since each type of sport uses different muscles, a sports massage specialist will be able to select an individual treatment for each patient and focus on specific areas of the body that were stressed during repetitive physical activity. Sports massage is used to improve the functional condition of the athlete, his athletic form, to relieve fatigue, improve physical performance, prevent injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. The main purpose of a sports massage is to speed up the recovery of the affected areas of the body. We recommend avoiding heavy physical activities during the day after the session.
When is the sports massage recommended?
Sports massage can be recommended as a pre-event therapy before a sports competition and it is used to prepare the athlete for the highest sporting achievements in a short time and with the least expenditure of psychophysical energy. This massage has a main goal to prepare an athlete for competition or a training session. It helps to increase the general tone of the body and maximize the motor skills. Pre-event massage is performed within 5-20 minutes before the match or training. The goal of the pre-event massage: to improve the condition of the athlete’s nervously muscular apparatus and especially those muscles to which a large load falls; to improve athletic performance; to promote rapid entry into the sports form; to increase the blood flow and warm up the muscles.
Sports massage can be recommended as a post-event therapy applied after any kind of load (physical and mental) and at any degree of fatigue for the maximum rapid recovery of various functions of the body and increase its efficiency. This massage is recommended if you need to restore the motor performance and relieve the fatigue after the sports activity. The duration of the session is on average 40-60 minutes. The goal of the post-event massage: to restore motor performance; to relieve the feeling of fatigue and facilitate the recovery of the body; to prepare the body for the forthcoming physical load. The duration of the session, as well as the depth and intensity of the massage are individual for each athlete.
The sports massage is recommended in the following cases:
- Overworked muscles
- Injury treatment
- Swelling around the joints
- Sprains and Strains
- Dislocation and Subluxation
- Joint pain and body stiffness
- Athletic performance and more.
Cautions and contraindications for the sports massage
Sports massage has the same contraindications as the remedial massage treatment. Avoid sports massage if you have fever, recent fractures, acute soft tissue inflammation, recent surgery, skin diseases, open wound or sore. We always recommend our patients to consult the therapist about the health conditions before choosing the treatment.
How can sports massage benefit you?
Regular sports massage is often used to prevent injuries if you do intensive physical training. Sports massage therapy helps to:
- Relieve muscle tension
- Reduce the inflammation of joints and the risk of injuries
- Develop muscle flexibility
- Improve flexibility in joints
- Enhance the recovery
- Strengthen the immune system
- Ease stiffness
- Increase the performance
- Promote better motion and produce beneficial endorphins.
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