Therapeutic sports massage is a type of massage technique, similar to deep tissue massage, that focuses on treating soft tissue aches, pain, and injuries that are associated with recreational activities. A massage after workout can reduce muscle stiffness and improve relaxation by reducing heart rate and blood pressure.
Many different movements and techniques are used in sports massage. Examples of these techniques include; Swedish style massage, effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), compression, friction, tapotement (rhythmic striking), vibration, gliding, stretching, percussion, and trigger points.
What are the Benefits of sports massage?
Speeds up the healing of damaged or overworked tissues andmuscles thus reduces recovery time and allows a person to regain their health and performance
Increase fitness capabilities and performance potential
Prevents future injury by identifying and treating current muscle weakness, tiredness, and problem areas
massage after workout helps to clear out waste and toxins eg lactic acid from muscles, reducing stiffness and enabling a faster recovery than post-event rest
Massage helps break up adhesions that can develop between the fascia of different muscles, thus improving muscle suppleness and mobility
Enables muscles and joints to heal faster after injury
Improves flexibility and the suppleness of muscles and joints
Peak performance can be reached faster and, once reached, sustained over longer periods
Should You Get a Sports Massage?
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Why get a sports massage after workout?
By contrast, a post-workout massage should be focussed on reducing soreness and inflammation, and restoring full flexibility. Seasoned resistance-trainers have all had experiences where we hit the weights a little bit too hard and found ourselves unable to brush our teeth the following morning! The massage should be targeted rather than general, working on the specific muscles you’ve been exerting the most. An experienced physio will know exactly which areas to focus on.