Precision Massage- Benefits of Sport Massage Blog
Within our last blog we spoke about back pain and how it can be managed conservatively, following on from this I feel it is a good idea to talk about Sport massage one of the treatment techniques I am heavily involved with and that we briefly spoke about in the previous edition.
We are going to speak about what sport massage is and how and why it can benefit you as individuals. Many people oversee and under estimate the effect this treatment can have on their body which is why I would like to provide some educational information within this edition.
Sports Massage can be defined as ‘the manipulation of soft tissue to release tension, reduce pain, restore range of movement and promote good condition. It’s a form of physical therapy used to help recover from and prevent injury. Massage can reduce postural problems, muscular tension, aches, pains, and cramp within the body. It also clears the muscle cells of waste products from exercise, increasing recovery and improving performance. This is why it can be so beneficial for a large quantity of individuals.
This treatment technique can have many physical and psychological benefits for various individuals. Below we are going to speak about some of the positive effects this treatment technique has.
Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the body’s endorphins in the same way endorphins are released through exercise.
Muscles relax through heat generated from the massage techniques, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.
The stroking movements in massage can help to extract 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 release blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair.
Deep massage causes tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which will help them recover quicker.
Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up. Muscular “Knots” as many of us refer to are an area of tension within the muscle fibres where the fibres have contracted and twisted to protect themselves this may be due to increased activity or poor posture.
Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can affect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain if they were not treated correctly first time round. Certain massage techniques can break down the collagen reigniting the healing process.
Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic. This is one reason why hard training may not result in improvements. Massage can help to reverse this by stretching the tissues and muscle fibres to improve flexibility.
Massage increases blood flow to tissues but in a slightly different way to how exercise does. What massage also does is open or dilate the blood vessels and by stretching them this enables nutrients to pass through more easily.