Sports massage is a type of massage that is specifically tailored to sporting injuries or ailments. Sport massage is often quite vigorous and not often thought of as relaxing. Contrary to its name, sports massage is not only utilised by professional sportspeople or people that exercise heavily. It is of benefit to anyone that exercises, even if it is only mild exercise such as regular walking.

The Purpose of Sports Massage

Sports massage is designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. It can often be quite strenuous and is meant to relieve and reduce the stress and tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues while exercising. It can be carried out before, during, or after playing sport or exercising and uses techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance, to minimise the chances of injury and, if there is an injury, to reduce the recovery time.

What Sports Massage Can Do For You

Injury and muscular discomfort can often occur when undertaking vigorous exercise.  As a result, it is important to pay attention to any niggles you may be developing and seek advice if you have any concerns.  Sports massage may be a useful tool for you to aid with recovery and allow you to exercise more efficiently.  Some benefits that sports massage has include:

  • draining away fatigue
  • relieving swelling
  • reducing muscle tension
  • injuries that occur as a result of overexertion or overuse
  • relieving pain
  • preventing injuries
  • improving heart rate and blood pressure