Most sporting injuries relate to strains or sprains as a result of overuse or overload of the body’s soft tissues.
By having regular Sports Massage Therapy it is possible to prevent injury or re-injury. Applied skilfully, massage is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system. A constant build up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons and connective tissue as well as the muscles themselves.
Recognition of adverse muscular and neural tension is important during the demanding times of training. By increasing the blood flow through the body, especially the muscle tissue, we can improve the recovery process allowing you to train more effectively and safely. The massage, much like a good cool down, significantly assists with the removal of waste products (e.g. lactic acid) and helps supply the tissues with essential nutrients to aid recovery. Regular treatment offers the possibility of an increase in the quality and quantity of training. The more the therapist can understand your body the more advice they can give you on stretching, strengthening and training.
Much like massage aids recovery and increases quality of training, it may also be used to assist in increasing your performance. Whether through the stresses of training or postural imbalances, potential over use or over load injuries may be identified early and worked on before they become problematic. Over time, regular fine-tuning of training, strengthening and stretching programmes can greatly assist overall performance in terms of technique, power, endurance and flexibility.