Sports massage is a highly specialised form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Sports massage is effective both as a treatment, and as a preventative measure.
Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective tissue that lines and covers the other soft tissues). Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting common problems and imbalances with the soft tissue which are caused by repetitive and strenuous physical activity or trauma from injury. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
How does Sports Massage work?
Sports massage involves the careful application of specialised massage strokes, designed to release tension in tight or stressed muscles. Sports massage also helps to remove toxins, such as lactic acid, from the muscles.
Sports massage has many benefits – when performed by a trained sports masseuse, sports massage can ease muscle pain and tension, speed recovery from injury, relive back pain and improve posture and mobility. Massage has also been shown to help improve blood and lymphatic circulation and many clients report positive psychological effects too!
Who can benefit?
A Sports massage is ideal to treat injuries and as well as a preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle and quality of posture.
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I first tried sports massage when I visited Chelmsford Sports Therapy following an injury, but since then I’ve kept up with regular treatments as a preventative measure. So far, no more injuries!
- Michelle Morgan, Great Baddow