Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend
joggers. But you don't have to be and athlete to benefit from sports massage. This is a therapy aimed at reducing muscle contractions and thereby
allowing them to relax and relengthen. Sports massage improves circulation and helps provide greater endurance. It also helps
prevent injury by warming up the muscles, and helps repair injuries caused by repetitive use. Improved circulation reduces
your chances of injury and allows for better overall movement.
This goal is achieved through massage by reducing the amount of waste products, lactic and carbonic acid, generated
by strenuous physical activity. Sore muscles recover more quickly and become stronger and more supple when massaged.
Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from
repetitive and often aggressive movements, the sports massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area,
compared with the more clinical work of our other therapists who are sleuthing out WHY these areas become repeatedly
stressed and painful, for example for
a frozen shoulder or chronic hamstring restriction, it would be a good idea to see an NNC advanced corrective movement therapist,
who can help you identify and correct the movement pattern that might be causing your injury in the first place.
Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage
promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal
performance. A 2010 study in the journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that even a 30-second massage improved
hip-flexor range of motion. Another study conducted by Margaret Jones, Ph.D. of the American College of Sports Medicine, demonstrated
a notable trend toward decreased muscle soreness in the athletes who received massage after exercise or an event.
For anyone participating in regular physical activity, Sports massage
therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen.