Massage Therapy

Why Elite Athletes Depend On Sports Massage

Alleviates Muscle Tension
Written by Nancy

Did you sustain a sports injury recently? Are you suffering from chronic pain, frequent headaches, and poor range of motion? Here are a few reasons why you should think about getting a sports massage like most athletes.

Alleviates Muscle Tension

The sore and tender regions of your body are targeted in a sports massage. The force exerted by the massage therapist stimulates the nervous system to relax, which helps reduce muscle tightness and alleviates muscle tension.

Breaks Down Scar Tissue

Scar tissue builds up or adhesion formation is very common after a musculoskeletal injury. Massage therapy can help breakdown this scar tissue and it can also facilitate the formation of healthier and stronger tissues. Reducing the presence of scar tissue can enable muscles to stretch to their optimum capacity, which can allow for increased ease of movement. Massage therapy can also improve circulation and this can lead to more efficient delivery of nutrients to injured areas.

Increases Endorphin Levels In the Brain

Endorphins are produced naturally by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland in the brain. Endorphins can inhibit pain and lower stress.  Massage therapy has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins.  Not only can you experience a reduction in pain, but you may also experience a decrease in anxiety, stress, and irritability. Combined together, these factors can lead to have a positive effect on your sports performance.

Improves Recovery

Increases Tissue Permeability

A change in tissue permeability is another physiological response that can occur from a sports massage. The increased permeability encourages a steady flow of fluid and nutrients to injured areas.

Getting a sports massage will provide your muscles with the necessary nutrients quicker, enabling them to function in an improved and efficient manner.

Improves Recovery

While it’s no secret that sports massage can help with recovery, studies have also shown the effect it has on perceived recovery. This therapeutic technique increases blood circulation, providing your muscles with a sufficient amount of oxygen and nutrients. This has both physiological as well as psychological effects on your recovery, which can lead to an improved performance overall.

Increase Range of Motion

Muscle tightness can limit joint movement. Sports massages target these specific areas. The pressure exerted on these specific regions can help them relax and become less stiff and potentially lead to an overall improvement in range of motion.

Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute clinics offer sports massage therapy for a quicker recovery and improved sports performance. Located in St. Claire, Thornhill, Sheppard, and greater Toronto, they offer a myriad of sports medicine services. These include active release techniques, concussion programs, and sports podiatry among others.

Call at 1-844-223-7364 to get in touch with their team and learn more about their services!

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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