Physiological and psychological benefits of sports massage
Although many people are aware of the relaxant properties of massage, how many will consider the far reaching benefits that can be achieved on both a physiological as well as a psychological level. Regular athletes and sportsmen and women have long known how they can perform better and longer with regular massage as part of their training regime. There are, however, underlying issues that can be resolved by massage that the majority of the public and sports people take for granted.
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With the regular use of massage techniques a majority of people could benefit and have a real possiblity of decreased stress levels.
Pain alleviation is one of the main reasons that anyone could seek the services of a therapist, connective and soft tissue problems within the body can be felt and manipulated by the specialist and in most cases, maybe over a period of sessions, be returned to their natural state.
In the matter of injury recovery, the massage therapist can assist in a speedier return to active participation in sport. Massage supports soft tissue healing by facilitating blood flow to the injured area, mobilizing scar tissue that forms over the injured area, breaking up fascial adhesions that develop and decreasing associated pain.
Massage therapy improves blood circulation, it assists the drainage of waste bodily fluids into the lymphatic system by way of deep rhythmic strokes
With the release of tightness and any possible adhesions within a muscle or muscle group a patient will achieve a greater range of movement, thus giving the joint and surrounding connective tissue the ability to function at it’s full or near full potential.
Restriction or dysfunction in one area may cause specific tissues elsewhere to be overloaded and injured, as they have to work harder to compensate, Paine (2006). With massage either the restriction or...