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Five Reasons You Need a Sports Massage

Sports massage involves the manipulation of soft tissue to assist in correcting problems and imbalances which can be caused by repetitive physical activity. A sports massage will often be deeper and more intense than a regular massage and your therapist will use a variety of pressures to work different muscle groups. Your therapist will use their knowledge of the muscular and skeletal systems to tailor your treatment to your specific concern.

Traditionally sports massage has been used to speed up recovery from an injury however athletes are increasingly incorporating it into their training schedule to prevent injury and improve their performance.

A common misconception is that sports massage is just for professional athletes, this simply isn’t the case! At the Physiotherapy Clinic Gosling we use sports massage to treat a variety of patients, from serious runners to weekly joggers and everything in-between! We are also increasingly using sports massage to treat afflictions caused by our modern lifestyles, for example long hours spent sitting at a desk with little physical activity can take your toll on muscles.

If you’re curious about sports massage and it’s benefits then you may be interested in discovering more…

Injury prevention

In order to keep a car running smoothly you take it for regular services so why not do the same for your body. Sports massage will help to stimulate muscles by increasing blood flow which will break down scar tissue and encourage tissue healing to improve muscular function.

Increase your flexibility

You are probably familiar with that feeling of tight muscles after an intensive workout. A sports massage will release that tension in the muscle, correcting in balances to improve muscular mobility.

Pain reduction

By reducing tension and pressure build up sports massage can relieve pain. The body will release endorphins which act as a natural pain reliever – reducing anxiety and enhancing a person’s state of well-being.

Wellbeing  

A massage can provide a great boost to your general sense of wellbeing as it usually induces relaxation which will then in turn reduce anxiety.

Recovery 

It can be incredibly frustrating when just as you’re just getting into your groove with your training you pick up an injury. A sports massage will encourage bloody to circulate around muscles, delivering oxygen to soft tissues. This helps to accelerate the healing rate.

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of sports massage and how it could benefit you then please feel free to get in touch with our team. At the Physiotherapy Clinic we are lucky to have three dedicated Sport’s Therapists, Will Moyes, Claire Coote and Alice Avery, all with a wealth of experience and knowledge behind them to help you feel better.

Give us a call on 01707 32 99 10 if you have any questions on sports massage or to book an appointment.

Posted by: AislingBirch
Date: Fri, April 05, 2019

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