Benefits of Sports Massage
- Increases circulation (blood flow) to muscle tissue which speeds up muscle recovery.
- Activates lymphatic drainage, the system our body uses to remove waste.
- Increases flexibility and range of motion to help avoid injury.
- Supports the recovery of heart rate variability and diastolic blood pressure after high-intensity exercise.
- Decreases delayed onset muscle soreness
- Enhances athletic performance
- How is Sports Massage different from other types of Massage?
Sports Massage incorporates techniques from Orthopedic Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, and other modalities with the goal of enhancing athletic performance and preventing or recovering from injury. This type of massage tends to be more clinical in nature. As with all massage, the session is catered to the individual and should not be painful, though there may be some discomfort depending on individual needs. There are different types of Sports Massage as outlined below.
- What is Pre-Event Massage?
Pre-event massage is done within 24 hours pre-event and it differs based on the event you’re preparing for. This type of massage is generally lighter and uses more movement and less stretching. This helps warm and loosen up muscle tissue by bringing in fresh circulation without taking the athlete out of their normal range of motion.
- What is Post-Event Massage?
A Post-Event massage is done directly following athletic activity. It helps cool down heavily worked muscles, decreasing muscle stiffness and fatigue. It then works to stretch the tissue to help prevent injury.
- When is the best time to receive Sports Massage?
Sports Massage is used both pre and post event in addition to regular maintenance. For regular maintenance it’s ideal to get massage every 2-4 weeks especially during heavy training.
Sports Massage is also used for injury recovery in conjunction with Physical Therapy and your doctor’s care. Your therapist will give you a recommendation on how often you should be seen based on the initial assessment and your specific goals.