Sports massage is one of the fastest growing forms of treatment for athletes to help prevent injuries, enhance performance and in aid in rehabilitation. The sports therapist applies a range of techniques including therapeutic soft tissue massage, gentle mobilization, and stretching techniques to restore function to muscles and joints before, during and following sporting participation. Sports Therapy is founded upon an intimate understanding of the structure and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system.
Benefits of Sports Massage
- Improves circulation and therefore the nutrition and oxygen availability to muscles that are needed for efficient function (as well as to repair “worn out” or damaged tissues)
- Stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory systems to facilitate the removal of toxins, waste and other metabolic by-products
- Alleviates muscle spasms and nerve irritation
- Breaks down adhesions and scar tissue
- Accelerates recovery caused by fatigue
- Improves healing of pulled muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces spasm, pain, and swelling; and reduces formation of scar tissue.
- Improves the range of motion and shock absorption capabilities of the muscles, which in turn helps you to work more efficiently and reduces the risk of injury
- Stimulates the central nervous system so that the effects reach other areas of the body and provide pain relief
- Provides relaxation and relieves stress, which is important for good recovery