There is a reason that we see professional athletes always in having massage pre and post events, this is because it helps them reduce the chance of getting an injury. Athletes make a living out of staying injury free, but why should the weekend warrior or desk worker not use it to stay pain free and less stressed. Use massage to maximise your performance.
Massage is important for many other powerful reasons too, including detoxification and stress relief. Another key motive to get a massage is to reduce your chance on injury and keep you active. Massage helps reduce stiffness and soreness after exercise, allowing you to push your body harder. Massage can also help relax tight and painful muscles, improve range of motion in the joints, enhance circulation and this greatly reduces the chance of getting overuse injuries.
Heavy exercise & muscular issues
Heavily exercised muscles may also lose their capacity to relax, causing chronically tight (hypertonic) muscles, and loss of flexibility. Lack of flexibility is often linked to muscle soreness, and predisposes you to injuries, especially muscle pulls and tears. Blood flow through tight muscles is poor (ischemia), which also causes pain. Some benefits of massage for exercise and injury prevention:
Massage helps the body recover from the stresses of strenuous exercise and facilitates the rebuilding phase of conditioning. The physiological benefits of massage include improved blood and lymph circulation and muscle and general relaxation. These, in turn, lead to removal of waste products and better cell nutrition, normalization and greater elasticity of tissues, deactivation of trigger points, and faster healing of injuries. It all adds up to relief from soreness and stiffness, better flexibility, and less potential for future injury.
Benefits of Massage:
- Reduced chance of injury by improving range of motion and muscle flexibility.
- Performance enhancing results with improved power and performance.
- Shortened recovery time between workouts.
- Maximizes the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow and the elimination of lactic acid in the muscle (a by-products of exercise).
With regular massage for maintenance the therapist can zero in on particular muscle groups and work specific tissues, they can help maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility. The overall objective of a maintenance program is to help you reach optimal performance through injury-free training. Regular massage also gives a therapist a chance to find your unique trouble spots, perhaps from past injuries. They can pay special attention to these areas, monitor them for developing problems, and help keep them in good condition.
An experienced massage therapist can also compliment treatment received from other health care professionals for various injuries. Massage for injuries can speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process. Deep tissue and trigger point massage breaks up the tissues in the muscle to speed recovery.
We all know the enormous benefits of exercise and moving the body. Anyone who routinely pushes their physical limits through any movement, sports, strength training and aerobics can benefit from a massage. Whether you are a weekend warrior that fits in workouts between work and family or a serious athlete, massage in an important part of any sports regimen.
Feel like massage now? Well you can book online at Hoys Allied Health + Wellness or phone our friendly team on 6652 7335.