A sportsman’s peak performance may be dependent upon the proper use and application of sports massage. More than a treatment for injuries, sports massage produces great benefits for athletes physically, physiologically, and psychologically.
Physical Effects of 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 needed for repairs.
Increased flexibility: Massage stretches muscle tissue in a multidirectional manner, both longitudinally and laterally. It can also have a similar effect on the muscular sheath and surrounding fascia, allowing a beneficial release of stored tension and pressure.
Relieves pain: Recent medical research has revealed that the benefits of massage include pain relief. This is achieved by stimulating the release of endorphins, which are the body’s “happy” hormones. Conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, back and neck pain, and many others can be helped by regular massage. Because massage relieves pain regardless of cause, it also lessens the body’s need for pain-killing medication.
Psychological Effects of Massage
Relaxation: Massage creates an environment whereby heat generation, enhanced circulation and increased flexibility are all promoted. All of these factors play a role in stimulating mechanoreceptors in the body and creating relaxation.
Improves concentration: Massage makes one feel relaxed and calm, which promotes focus and concentration. This, in turn, helps the mind to be more creative and productive. Massage also makes one more aware of the body and helps one to identify what it needs.
Physiological Effects of Massage
Invigorating: If massage is done with brisk movements, such as would be done before an event, then this can produces an invigorating feeling.
In summary, massage therapy is more than simply taking time out. Studies continue to prove the physical and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session. So if you want to prevent muscle pain, improve blood circulation and relax, and are looking for a sports injury clinic in London, we are here, and we are happy to help you.