5 ways you didn’t know massage can improve your sports performance

1. Improved flexibility and mobility.

Flexibility or limberness refers to the absolute range of movement in a joint or series of joints, and length in muscle.

Mobility: This refers to how freely a joint can move throughout its full range of motion.

Proper flexibility is essential in many sports and / or is a great advantage in many others. For example, you wouldn’t be able to do gymnastics or weight lifting or even swimming well without the flexibility in your shoulders, lower back or hips, however you still could cycle or run – although with restrictions, which would eventually lead to overuse and even injury most likely. This is where SPORTS MASSAGE comes in – it can stretch muscles that could not be stretched in the usual ways (i. e. some of the rotator cuff muscles – subscapularis or knots on the pec muscles). Muscle fibres are stretched sideways and lengthways, massage can also stretch / loosen myofascia that surrounds muscles and muscle fibres – releasing any pressure or tension build up.

2. Increase tissue permeability

Basically it’s just an increase in fluid movement in and out of the tissue – this increases delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the cells and flushes out toxins – thus accelerates recovery significantly.

3. Break down scar tissue & increase tissue elasticity

Exercises lead to muscle tissue tearing and damage, which causes scar tissue – deep tissue sports massage breaks those scar tissue adhesions removing intrinsic resistance and improving elasticity and performance.

4. Prevention and relief of DOMS

DOMS – Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness… If you do squats you know what I mean, two, three days after your heavy work out – you start feeling really, really sore.

Well the good news is that Sports Remedial Massage can prevent / decrease severity of that, and help the relieve it if you already have DOMS.

5. Pain reduction and relaxation

Trough repetitive, long strokes and heat generated in Sports Massage we can numb painful areas and cause localized and overall feeling of relaxation. Heat and touch will cause production of hormones and neurotransmitters responsible for muscle and nervous system relaxation.

There are many more ways Sports Remedial Massage can help you and we can go into very specific details about them, yet reading will not really ease the muscle tension.

Why don’t you give us a call and tell us your sport, your goals and need and we will work out the treatment program best for you.