Sports massage is a type of massage that is specifically tailored to sports injuries or ailments. It is not meant to be a relaxing massage and can become quite vigorous at times. Contrary to its name, sports massage is not only utilised by professional sportspeople or people that exercise heavily. It is of benefit to anyone that exercises, even if it is only mild exercise such as regular walking.
The Purpose of Sports Massage
Sports massage is designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. It can often be quite strenuous and is meant to relieve and reduce the stress and tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues while exercising. It can be carried out before, during, or after playing a sport or exercising and uses techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance, to minimise the chances of injury and, if there is an injury, to reduce the recovery time.
Some of the benefits of receiving sports massage include:
- relieving swelling
- reducing muscle tension
- promoting flexibility
- assist in recovery from injuries that occur as a result of overexertion or overuse
- relieving pain
- preventing injuries
- increasing blood circulation and lymph flow
- treatment of injuries such as shin splints, tennis elbows, sprains and strains, corked thighs and more