A growing number of sports men and women are using sports massage as part of their training routines and in preparation for competition.
Sports massage focuses on releasing tight contracted and overworked muscles used in your particular sport or activity and on restoring them to their optimum condition.
Sports massage can enable you to train and compete more efficiently helping you to achieve those personal bests.
Improves recovery times
Increases flexibility in joints and muscles
Improves sporting performance
Sports massage can be beneficial before and/or after an event or as part of a regular weekly/monthly treatment to prevent injury.
Massage before an event can be an important part of the pre-event preparation for many athletes. Pre-event massage can create a state of readiness in the muscles and tissues so that performance can be optimized. This treatment will assist in increasing the circulation of blood to the muscles to allow the muscles to be flushed and oxygenated. Tight muscles may be relaxed so that joints can be moved through their range of motion. Emphasis will be placed on the muscles used during the activity to improve performance and also reduce the chance of injuries. You can use the time to focus on your event, to relax or complete your mental preparation. At the end of the massage, you should feel great!
The purpose of a massage after a major event is simply to aid the athlete to recover from the activity. This is achieved by reducing post-exercise soreness, re-establishing full range of motion and enhancing blood flow to tight muscles. The length of recovery time from competition can be dramatically reduced with a good post-event massage. The primary goal of post-event massage is very similar to that of pre-event massage, namely promotion of circulation and to lengthen tight muscles. However, the difference is that the muscles are now in a state of congestion and fatigue following maximal effort and performance. Therefore the objective is to increase the rate of recovery by decreasing soreness and fatigue, speeding up the removal of metabolic by-products and relieving the increased tone of the muscles.
This focuses on maintaining and repairing fatigued and injured muscles tissues used most in your sport or activity. Carried out on a regular basis, it allows you to maintain your ability to train and compete at your optimum level and helps prevent injuries.
Here at H J Health & Sports Therapies we regard Sports massage as an important part of your event training plans in order to achieve the best possible results and to help remain injury free.