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Questions - Sports Massage

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What are the benefits of a sports massage?

Sports massage has many benefits. The benefits of a sports massage include:

Sports massage is effective to reduce DOMS. Muscle soreness can occur both during exercise and after a delay. Pain occurs in the muscles due to metabolic insufficiency. If the blood supply cannot meet the demands for oxygen, glycolysis can assist, though less efficiently, and lactic acid will be formed. A sports massage will be performed post exercise to flush out the waste products formed from exercise.

Sports massage is beneficial to decreasing pain. A sports massage helps in a number of ways to help control and manage pain. Sports massage provides deep relaxation, interrupts the body's pain signals and also releases the body's natural pain killers. Sports massage relieves muscle tension, spasm and stiffness which all contribute to feeling pain. Pain impulses run towards the spinal cord and up to the brain. The touch of massage interferes with pain signals by sending other signals along the same nerves. Massage also stimulates morphine-like substances that the body can self manufacture that override pain sensations.

Sports massage is used to increase flexibility in soft tissues. Knots and tightness can form within muscles that can make flexibility difficult. Flexibility can be important to athletes and non-athletes. Massage can help maintain flexibility by increasing blood circulation and stretching tissue fibres.

A Sport massage can help assist in the recovery process after an injury. When tears or sprains occur in an area of the body, scar tissue forms as part of the healing process. By receiving massage, scar tissue can be broken down and movement can be regained. A sports massage also quickens the healing process by increasing blood circulation. Increased blood circulation delivers oxygen and nutrients to an area and helps in repairing any damaged tissues.

Sports massage is very beneficial to maximising performance. A sports massage helps the body recover after exercise, serves as injury prevention, psychologically prepares the mental state and increases muscle movement ready for exercise. Receiving a sports massage helps people's participation in sport by allowing exercisers to train more frequently therefore achieving higher levels of performance.

Sports massage will benefit towards preventing injury. Prevention of injury is key to exercisers and people going about everyday lives. Sports massage is effective for relieving muscle tension and restoring muscle balance. A constant build-up of tension in the muscles can lead to stresses on the joints and soft tissues.

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