Benefits of Sports Massage Therapy
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind,
from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars
of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete's sport
of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and
stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Aspects of sports massage therapy are gaining popularity as
useful components in a balanced training regimen. Sports massage
therapy can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and
reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or
after an event. 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.
One of the key benefits of Sports massage therapy compared to
other modalities is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions.
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 either before or after exercise.
For anyone participating in regular physical activity, Sports
massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your
normal regimen. It's best to talk with one of our professional
massage therapists to find a plan that will work best with your
schedule, level of activity and budget.