How Massage Therapy Helps Athletes
Massage therapy is an increasingly popular form of treatment for athletes who are struggling with intense training schedules. Endurance athletes and strength training athletes in particular often suffer from tense muscles, cramp and fatigue. Martial artists and dancers who need speed and flexibility also benefit from massage therapy.
If you have ever used a foam roller for myofascial release, you will know how good it can feel. Massage does the same thing, but in an even deeper and more targeted way.
A trained sports massage therapist can help to release the tension in the muscles, promote circulation, and remove adhesions from the muscle fibers. This can help in a lot of ways, not only by making your muscles and more flexible, but also by helping to stop muscles over-contracting, causing imbalances and referred pain.
The act of massaging tense or damaged muscles can help to break up scar tissue and also improve circulation, allowing minor injuries to heal more efficiently and effectively.
Proper theraputic massage technique is a combination of specific pressure points and deep tissue massage. Scar tissue, adhesions and muscular spams are all treated with various forms of deep tissue massage.
Deep tissue massage can be contraindicated if you are a haemophiliac, or are taking medication that could affect blood clotting.
After a deep tissue massage it is advisable to drink extra amounts of water and keep your activity level at a minimum for the remainder of the day.
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