I guess may of you have heard about sports massage and its techniques and benefits. But, although everything about sports massage has already been said, there is nothing much nicer than continue learning new things about the massage and reviewing what you have learned from it. It is for this fact that this article is written.
Sports massage, as you may know, is a form of massage that is applied for sports purposes, hence the name. It is the technique of kneading and manipulating the soft tissues in the body to help athletes improve their performance, prevent and treat sports injuries. It is highly considered in the field of sports knowing that as the participation in sports becoming more popular at all genders and ages and as performances continue to improve annually, more is expected and demanded from the athletes. It is with this situation that athletes start looking for some effective ways to boost their performances, and sports massage is one of the best solutions they’ve ever discovered.
What Happens During a Sports Massage Session?
Sports massage is typically used in three courses: before, during and after the athletic events. Before the event or the application of the massage, it is typical that the sports massage therapist will take a sort of medical history to determine your past and present health condition. Included in the study is the relevant information about your particular sport, your past and present health condition, and the injuries that you may have suffered. This special check up is considered for the notion that every sports massage treatment will be unique to every individual and the sport. So as individuals and sports differ, with different athletic goals and state of fitness, the response to the treatment will also be different.
There are other sorts of examinations that will be undertaken throughout the sports massage session. More of these tests are aimed at boosting your strength and flexibility, so it’s no wonder that also considered during the session is a pain-free range of movements. Well, all of the manipulations involved in the massage are “hands on”. The sports massage therapist will then employ a combination of exercises and massages for one particular purpose, that is, to strengthen and release the soft tissues in the body for them to function properly. But, the question is, is sports massage a treatment that involves only “hands on” manipulation? My answer to that is “No” as there are some instances that machinery and infrared are considered for added benefits.
Sports massage also involves the use of different techniques of massage, such as neuromuscular therapy, acupressure, soft tissue releases, and trigger point therapy. These techniques are usually combined, but when it comes to treating sports injuries, the type of massage that is commonly considered is the so-called remedial massage. With this technique, athletes are expected to feel energized, balanced, and ready for new action in the end.
What Makes Sports Massage So Special?
Sports massage offers a number of benefits to the athletes. As mentioned earlier, it helps to make the athlete feel good, but more to that, the massage has the power to reduce the blood pressure and the heart rate. Numerous studies also revealed that sports massage helps to improve the lymphatic and blood flow, enhances flexibility, and provides relief for pain and muscle tension. All of the techniques involved during the massage session are even deemed ideal for promoting greater athletic performance and endurance, for reducing recovery time, and of course, for lessening the chances of sports injury. All of these are possible with sports massage.