Physical Benefits of Sports Massage
- DOMS – Sports massage therapy can prevent or relieve delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). By encouraging blood and lymph flow throughout the body, sports massage prevents muscle fatigue. DOMS can be at its worst between 24 and 72 hours after exercise and typically starts to develop within 12 to 24 hours after physical activity.
- Increased tissue permeability – Deep tissue massage opens up the pores in tissue membranes enabling nutrients and fluids to pass through. Waste products including lactic acid are removed and the muscles can then taken on oxygen and nutrients to recover quicker.
- Break down scar tissue – Reducing scar tissue from previous injuries or trauma can relieve pain caused by inflexible tissues.
- Opens micro-circulation – Massage opens or dilates the blood vessels and enables nutrients to pass more easily through stretching.
- Stretching – A sports massage can stretch tissue that could not be stretched using other methods helping to release tension and pressure.
- Improve tissue elasticity – Tissues can become inelastic and hard from training hard and this is why you don’t always see improvements from hard training. Massage stretches the tissues out helping to reverse this problem.
- Pumping – The stroking movements in massage suck fluids through the blood and lymph vessels. A vacuum is created by increasing the pressure in front of the stroke. This is very effective in tight or damaged muscle tissue as a tight muscle squeezes blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of energy and nutrients needed to repair.
Psychological Benefits of Sports Massage
- Reducing anxiety – Relaxation from the above physical benefits often helps to reduce levels of anxiety.
- Stress – When receiving a sports massage, your body releases neurotransmitters called endorphins. These endorphins work as a natural pain reliever and help to improve mood and your state of well-being.
- Invigoration – A brisk sports massage can produce an invigorating feeling and is often used before an event.
If you’re looking for sports massage in Plymouth, contact Unwind Muscle & Mind now to book an appointment. Our Plymouth clinic are looking forward to your call. When arriving for your sports massage, the main thing we want you to do is be comfortable. Don’t get too worried about pain during the massage as it’s all ‘good’ pain – at least you can be sure it’s helping! You are completely in charge of the session so let our massage therapist know if you do feel uncomfortable are we’ll be happy to take a different approach.
It’s not uncommon to be sore after a few days following the therapy but this is just your body healing and shows the massage has had a positive effect. If the soreness is really troubling, you can warm the massaged area and use gentle but progressive stretching. Drinking plenty of water is also important in the recovery process. Sports massage can benefit everyone and we’re keen to help as many people in Plymouth as we can so give us a call now to book.
We also offer deep tissue massage
At Unwind, we also offer a number of other treatments including other forms of massage and holistic therapy. You may be interested in deep tissue massage, slightly different albeit similar to sports massage. A deep tissue massage is more of a firm, general massage whereas a sports massage will focus on a specific part of the body usually where there was an injury. Deep tissue massage can have many of the same benefits as sports massage due to the techniques used. At the beginning of both types of massage, there will be lighter pressure applied to warm up and loosen the muscles before the firm pressure and slow strokes begin. Deep tissue massage will utilise thumbs, wrists, forearms and elbows to release muscles that are tense and shortened.
No individual is the same when it comes to massage and it’s important to realise a certain number of sessions will be enough for some people but not for others. Some people may need a massage MOT every now and then due to posture, stress or working habits. For sudden bouts of pain, you may only need one massage to alleviate the tension. Other people will feel muscles tightening up again and choose to come in for a massage. It all depends on you and your body but our Plymouth massage therapists can help you whatever your problem is.