The 3 Benefits of a Therapeutic Sports Massage
The physical demands of athletic performance can take a toll on the body over time. One of the best ways to keep sports performance at its highest is to incorporate massage into your recovery program. The benefits of regular massage and bodywork tend to be overlooked, but the benefits provided make massage as necessary for recovery and improvement as stretching. Benefits include increased balance and strength, reduced recovery time, and reduced risk of injury, which are all essential aspects of a training and recovery program for any serious athlete.
There are many types of techniques that can be used in sports massage, from deep tissue work to the ancient (but seriously trendy) cupping craze. The breakdown below explains how massage can be truly impactful for the athlete and keep you on your game.
Massage reduces imbalances in the body through passive stretching and knot removal. Imbalances naturally develop as a result of training and sports performance, (such as using one arm for throwing or using a dominant leg for jumping motions). Through various techniques like muscle kneading, forearm dance (where the therapist uses their elbow and ulna bones), and flushing, athletes can experience reduced risk of injury and reduced recovery time. By restoring balance in the body and reducing muscle stiffness, athletes will find that they have increased range of motion and have more natural movement because the body does not have to overcompensate due to over or underuse of specific muscle groups.
One way massage can help with reduced recovery time? By majorly easing soreness!
Research shows that massage therapy is effective in significantly reducing delayed onset muscle soreness, the dreaded “DOMS” that can occur 24 to 72 hours after training and athletic performance. Less DOMS translates to being able feel your best and do your best every time.
Reduction of toxic load:
Massage aids in flushing the entire body system by removing lactic acid (which plays a role in development of muscle fatigue and soreness) and increasing circulation for improved performance. Because of the release of toxins that occurs, it is important to drink plenty of water to support the removal of these compounds that are being released from muscles, lymph and fat during a massage. Consider drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of filtered water.
What is Massage Cupping?