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The Benefits of Sports Massage for Injury Prevention

Are you an athlete or fitness enthusiast who is looking for a way to reduce your risk of injury? If so, consider the benefits of sports massage.

Sports massage therapy is a type of therapeutic bodywork that helps athletes and active individuals prevent and recover from injuries by targeting areas where they are most likely to occur. Through various techniques such as deep tissue massage, trigger point release, stretching, and more, sports massage can help improve flexibility and range of motion while reducing stress levels in both the mind and body.

Below, we’ll look at how sports massage works, what to expect during a session, tips for getting the most out of it, and common questions about it. Keep reading to learn more!

Understanding Sports Massage and its Benefits

Sports massage is a great way to reduce muscle pain, fatigue and even injury. It’s not just for sportspersons either; anyone looking to relax stiff muscles and increase their flexibility can benefit from a regular sports massage. By stretching the layers of muscle tissue, sports massage therapy helps apply pressure and release tightness which improves the flow of oxygen throughout the body, allowing it to heal more naturally. Unlike traditional massage, sports massage specifically focuses on improving performance efficiency, healing injuries faster, increasing range of motion, relieving tension and fatigue in muscles as well as aiding sports recovery. Overall sports massage is a great option for anyone looking to relieve muscle pain or prevent any potential injuries.

How Sports Massage Can Help Reduce the Risk of Injury

Sports massage is an often overlooked but very beneficial way to help prevent injuries when playing sports or taking part in your own exercise regime. It works by increasing circulation, flexibility and range of motion which all help support strong, healthy muscles. Massage can also provide pain relief for tight or over-stressed muscles, resetting them back to a normal state of function. Not only does this promote a speedy recovery from activity but it can also stop problems before they arise. Additionally, this type of massage encourages the lymphatic system to remove waste from the body quicker, reducing post-activity soreness. Those involved in high intensity sports or who are at risk of injury should look into options for sports massage for maximum protection and success in their activity.

What to Expect During a Sports Massage Session

We’ve mentioned above about how sports massage is a great way to prevent injury, reduce discomfort and enhance performance for athletes at any level. But what does a typical sports massage session look like? At SYNERGY our MYO-REHAB therapists will first talk with you about any problem areas or injuries that you may have, followed by your physical activities and fitness goals in order to customise and tailor the treatment specifically to your needs. Our MYO-REHAB therapists are trained in various massage and soft tissue techniques to help promote healing and pain relief. Throughout the session you can feel free to let your therapist know if any part of the treatment becomes uncomfortable. After they are done, you will likely be provided with additional advice on how to improve muscular mobility and reduce stress related to your sport activities. With a well-performed sports massage, athletes can enjoy improved flexibility, reduced soreness, increased endurance and overall peak performance when in competition.

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Sports Massage Sessions

To ensure that you get the most out of each session, it’s important to be prepared; preparing for a sports massage is sometimes just as important as the treatment itself! This means going in with realistic expectations, knowing what you want to focus on, and communicating clearly with your MYO-REHAB therapist. Taking a few minutes to properly survey your body before each session allows you to receive more targeted treatment that will bring about greater relaxation and physical wellbeing. It’s helpful to talk about any particular activities or sports or you are currently training for or are involved in so the massage can be targeted towards any tension that’s more likely to be related to these activities.

At SYNERGY we’re all about taking a proactive approach to your health, so if you’re looking for ways to take your game up a notch – why not give sports massage a try with one of our MYO-REHAB therapists?

Lee Taylor DC MChiro LRCC

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