Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy can have many benefits for the body. Sports Massage is a type of massage therapy which uses deep tissue techniques, to reduce muscular tension and discomfort. Sports massage is not just for sports participants – it can be useful for anyone with muscular strians or imbalances, as it aims to increas the functionality of the muscles being worked on. Some common ailments which can benefit from massage therapy include

  • Headaches,
  • Back pain,
  • Muscular and joint injuries such as sprains and strains,
  • Postural related pain,
  • Golfers and tennis elbow, frozen shoulder
  • Repetitive strain injuries,

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Here are some of the benefits that sports massage can bring

  1. Reduce pain:
    Massage can be used alongside physiotherapy to help reduce pain produced by injury. There has been a variety of research demonstrating the positive impact of massage on pain levels in lower back and shoulder pain when combined with exercises and manual therapy techniques.
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  2. Assist with recovery:
    Sports massage allows injured muscles, tendons and ligaments to heal themselves gently.  Manual massage techniques can also help to align new collagen formation within the muscle, which can lead to improved realignment of scar tissue and a reduction in the risk of re-injury.
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  3. Increased range of motion, leading to enhanced performance:
    Massage increases the movement of your joints by lengthening and stretching out your muscles. It also increases the synovial fluid inside the joints. Massage can also alleviate Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) I by increasing circulation to the area massaged and helping to flush out the toxins that build up during exercises. This can help improve your recovery and leave you better able to optimise your training in the following days.
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  4. Supports good posture: Sports massage is not just for sporty people. If you spend a long time sitting at your desk you can develop muscle imbalances and pain. Sitting for long periods can cause muscles to shorten and pull your joints out of alignment which over time can reduce function and increase chances of injury when you do move them. Sports massage can help to release these muscles and is a great way to counteract the negative effect working at a desk has on your posture.
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  5. Improved circulation and stimulation of the lymphatic system: By relaxing and stimulating your muscles, massage increases blood supply to those areas allowing nutrients to be delivered where they are needed. This also allows the body to remove any unwanted toxin build-up from the muscles.
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  6. Reduced blood pressure: The improved circulation caused by massage, places less strain on the heart and can improve the vascular system
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  7. Increased levels of relaxation and reduction in physical and psychological stress levels: The body does not function properly when under stress. Massage reduces the production of stress hormones such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, running through your body. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system. One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins – the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing.
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  8. Aids sleep quantity and quality: Taking time out for yourself, or from the physical reduction of pain and muscular tension; massage therapy has been found to reduce daily stress and anxiety levels. This, in turn, can lead to increased quality and quantity of sleep which is essential for daily living.

 

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