Massage is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring muscular balance. Regular sessions help in the prevention of injuries, which
might otherwise be caused by overuse.
A constant build up of tension in the muscles from daily activities may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, as well as the muscles themselves.These muscle imbalances develop over time and often go undiagnosed until they are serious enough to cause discomfort or impede performance.
- Reduce the chance of injury, by proper stretching of muscle fibers through deep tissue massage.
- Enhance elimination of metabolic by-products of exercise & accumulated toxins.
- Improve the range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and performance.
- Shorten recovery time between workouts
- Maximise the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow to the tissues.
- Relieve pain caused by muscle spasms and previous injuries.
- Provide muscle balance and so preventing future injuries.
- Combat stress by helping you to relax and relieve tension.
Contraindications for Sports Massage
There are times when sports massage could be detrimental rather than beneficial to you. The contra indications to massage are:
- A body temperature over 100°F, or feeling unwell
- Acute Traumas - Open wounds, recent bruising, muscle tears, sprained ligaments, contusions, chilblains, burns
- Tumours - Where there is swelling, which is inconsistent with recent bruising
- Diseased blood vessels - Varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis
- Infectious skin disease - Bacterial infection, Lymphangitis, Fungal infection, Viral infections, Herpes
- Where you react adversely to massage treatment
- Where your symptoms appear to make advice from a doctor advisable
- Diabetes - not strictly a contraindication but massage has the same effect as exercise on your blood sugar levels so you need to have appropriate medication available