The physical effects of massage therapy can greatly improve a weightlifter’s health and lifestyle by alleviating pain and reducing potential for injury in several ways. The ultimate impact of sports massage therapy is to increase the health of the body’s internal tissues by improving circulation of blood and nutrients, while simultaneously removing toxins. This is accomplished by varying type of stroke use. Long stroking movements are used tomove fluid through the circulatory system.
How this works is interesting. As pressure increases in front of the therapist stroke, suction is created behind the stroke. This helps repair damaged muscles by increasing a fresh blood and oxygen supply and removing toxins that have built up in the tissue. Deep massages help to regulate the pores in the fibrous tissues, which increases permeability. This allows for more fluids and nutrients to flow through the tissue. Waste products are removed and new oxygen and nutrients are supplied.
Massage therapy can improve flexibility. For a lifter to achieve optimal performance, he or she must exhibit a high degree of flexibility. Since massage therapy stretches the muscle fibres, flexibility is promoted and maintained.
Massage therapy improves circulation, and with better circulation the lifter can breathe easier and move more smoothly.
Massage alleviates muscular pain, whether caused by overwork or injury. If an athlete is in pain, he or she will not be able to approach maximum poundage’s. As we already know, sleep is another big part of the recovery process. Massage therapy promotes better sleep patterns. Massage can actually improve the quantity and quality of sleep. By getting more and deeper sleep, the athlete will be better able to perform at his or her best. Massage will reduce some of that tension and promote deeper and longer sleep.
Massage therapy increases muscle relaxation levels. With regular massage, such a lifter can learn to relax body and mind and perhaps improve his performances. A skilled touch may reveal those soft tissue micro-injuries. So, treat yourself to a massage and your body and your performance may thank you for it.
Sports Massage isn’t just for athletes. Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. But you don’t have to be and athlete to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion.
Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.
But you don’t have to be and athlete to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. Spending time sat at a desk can cause muscular tension and over use, which can be freed most effectively using sports massage.
Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
While many athletes are convinced of the physical benefit of massage, research on its effectiveness is accumulating. Massage involves applying mechanical pressure to the soft tissues, and this has been linked with improved muscle flexibility, increased range of motion in the joints, and decreased muscle stiffness.
The Benefits Of Sports Massage
Pumping – The stroking movements in massage suck fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels. By increasing the pressure in front of the stroke, a vacuum is created behind. This is especially important in tight or damaged muscle tissue as a tight muscle will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair.
Increased tissue permeability – Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker.
Stretching – Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up.
Break down scar tissue – Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can effect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain.
Improve tissue elasticity – Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic. This is one reason why hard training may not result in improvements. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues.
Opens micro-circulation – Massage does increase blood flow to tissues, but so does exercise. What massage also does is open or dilate the blood vessels and by stretching them this enables nutrients to pass through more easily.
Physiological effects of sports massage
Pain reduction – Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the bodies endorphins.
Relaxation – Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.
Psychological effects of massage
Anxiety reduction – through the effects mentioned above relaxation is induced and so reduces anxiety levels.
Invigorating – if massage is done with brisk movements such as what would be done before an event then this can produces an invigorating feeling.
Sports Massage Session
No matter what type of massage you choose, the therapist should check in with you about what your needs and expectations are for the massage.
The therapist generally focuses in on the problem area — a frozen shoulder or pulled hamstring, for instance — rather than giving you a full-body massage.
Sports and Remedial Massage considers other aspects which may be playing a part in your condition. These include your medical history, diet, lifestyle, work, hobbies and your emotions.
During treatment the therapy will be guided by your feedback. Often you will feel ‘good’ pain, which responds to the technique it will be applied, but other times pain may feel ‘bad’ and indicate that treatment is not currently suitable.
Always you will be asked how you feel so it can be ensured your treatment is effective at reducing or removing muscular pain.
Remedial techniques are those which have developed from traditional massage or been borrowed from other disciplines such as physiotherapy or osteopathy. They are used to free up tight tissues and stimulate the repair process. By combining these techniques with massage, the most effective treatment can be found for your body.
If you prefer to wear shorts and sports bra, during assessment, would be comfortable and your posture would be asset correctly. During treatment towels will be used to keep you warm and comfortable.
If you are under 17 years old , must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at each treatment. Sports massage can be very helpful for young people who take part in a lot of sporting activities. It can prevent injury and support recovery from training at a time when their bodies are changing fast.
I you have an injury, We can arrange the best time for you to recover. Many soft tissue injuries benefit greatly from sports massage, but it is best to contact me and check first. Always it is best to check a serious injury with your health care professional for a diagnosis. Sports massage may give you great benefit.
If you have a medical condition, sports massage still would be very helpful for many medical conditions. The treatment techniques, duration or positioning can all be modified to ensure they are suitable for your condition. People with conditions such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, ME and stress can all benefit.
If you are taking medications Most likely you would have sports massage It can be checked if you tell about the medication when you book the session.
If you have further questions about Sports and Remedial Massage please feel free to contact us.