Ten reasons for sports therapy
7th October, 20160 Comments
Written by: Caroline Jones at Zen Ten Spa
If you play sports or keep fit, investing in sports massage is the most crucial part of your kit and not just for injury.
Sports treatments guarantee your body maintenance at a higher level of condition, guard against injuries and loss of mobility, cure and restore movement to injured muscle tissue, boost performance and extend the overall length of your sporting career
Ten winning reasons for sports massage :
Improved stats - The pressure strokes of a sports massage improve flow through lymph and blood vessels. This is vital for tight or damaged muscle tissue as tight muscles expel blood, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair.
Fuel efficiency - Deep tissue massage opens the pores in tissue membranes, to allow removal of waste products such as lactic acid and increasing the intake of oxygen and nutrients to help muscles recover quicker.
Workout - Massage stretches tissues not normally reached. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Treatments also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up.
Breakdown obstacles - Scar tissue from previous injuries affects muscle, tendons and ligaments, leading to inflexible tissues prone to injury and pain. Sports therapies work to remove this.
Feeling the burn – Pushing yourself to the limit makes tissues hard and inelastic, blocking further improvements. Sports therapies reverse this by stretching the tissues.
Attention to detail – Exercise increases blood flow to tissues, but other therapies can also open smaller vessels and capillaries, enabling blood and nutrients to pass through more easily.
No pain, lots of gain – Build-up of tension and waste products in muscles causes pain. Sports treatments can expel waste, relieve tension and trigger release of feel-good endorphins
And relax – Our treatments stimulate mechanoreceptors which sense touch and pressure. This triggers an increase in tissue length and warmth, which causes a reflex reaction of relaxation.
Think winner – Pain and tension puts the body under stress, creating harmful levels of adrenalin and brain chemicals which trigger anxiety and negativity. The reduction in blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension delivered through treatments alters brain chemistry, boosting positivity and focus.
The final burst – Pre-event invigorating massage increases physical efficiency of all tissues and organs, creating a winning boost.
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