We’ve all been there. You have developed a passion for sports and fitness and love to train, but you’re being held back by tight, nagging muscles and injuries. If this sounds familiar, a Sports Massage may be just the treatment you need to get back on top of your game this season.
Or alternatively, not into sports? Daily work and recreational activity demands high performance of your body too! A Sports Massage has benefits for your body even if you’re not pushing it into athletic performance.
What is a Sports Massage and Who Can Benefit?
A sports massage is a combination of several massage techniques, tailored to your affected muscle groups based on the activities you perform. As well as being a favoured treatment undertaken by athletes year round, sports massage is also highly beneficial for any individual keen to fine tune their body’s performance, for the purpose of ensuring daily tasks become a breeze.
Top 4 Reasons To Have a Sports Massage
1- Improve Sports Performance
Regular sports massage is a great way to continually improve your performance and function, as it will help keep you physically and psychologically fit. It’s a terrific way to make you feel lighter, more flexible and more powerful!
2- Soothe and Prevent Muscle Aches and Pains
Decrease and prevent pain from tight sore muscles, and promote healthy healing of scar tissue and adhesions so that you can return to activity as soon as possible.
3- Injury Prevention
Reduce the likelihood of injury such as strains, sprains and stress injuries by increasing circulation, flexibility and range of movement. It’s the perfect addition to a pre-event warm up, sports or other!
4- Post Event Recovery
Provides relaxation and relieves stress which is important for a good recovery. It helps stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems to aid in the removal of lactic acid and waste fluids out of your body. Lactic acid build up is the main reason your muscles feel heavy after a workout.
When Should You Have A Sports Massage?
Ideally up to 24 hours before an event:
A specific light pressured massage will be used to stimulate your target muscles and help warm up for the event.
Immediately or up to 24 hours after an event:
The primary aim of this massage is to aid in a pain free recovery. It assists with relaxing muscle tone, restores flexibility, reduces stiffness and the chances of injury.
If you have a specific problem area:
Such as a tender hamstring, lower back pain, or shoulder restriction, a deeper pressured treatment may be performed to help reduce pain and improve function.
Melinda Jaksic is a Remedial Massage Therapist at Pinnacle Health Group. Her experience in Remedial Therapy and exercise prescription will get you on the right track for your next event. Melinda is available from Monday to Friday at 120 Collins and Flinders Streets. Be proactive about your health – contact Pinnacle Health Group and book in for a Sports Massage today!