For those who are new to exercise, those who have been inactive for a period of time or when you increasing training, it can result in post exercise aches that you are not used to, known as delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) which can come on within hours of exercising or as long as 72 hours after exercise. This is perfectly normal and can be resolved by cooling down sufficiently with stretching and also regular massages.
Sports massage has a reputation of being very painful, this is a myth and although it might be slightly uncomfortable, on a whole it should be a positive experience. The strokes used warm the muscles, increase circulation and stretching, the mechanoreceptors that sense touch, pressure and tissue length are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation. It stretches not only the muscles but also the fascia that covers the entire muscular system. Tightness in any of these structures could hinder your benefits of exercise so regular massages can keep you supple and relaxed therefore reducing the risk of injury. Massage can improve the recovery from exercise due to the aiding of lymphatic drainage and removing toxins such as lactic acid more effectively.
Some of the benefits of massage include an increase of range of motion and muscle flexibility and to prevent any niggling injuries from affecting achievements or just daily activities. Sports massage is very beneficial to not only those involved in sport and exercise but also for those who have postural stress from sitting at desk.
A range of sports injuries can be treated by a Sports Therapist including back pain, frozen shoulder, cramp, tennis elbow, tendinopathy in various areas, knee pain and calf and shin pain to name a few.
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