Sports massage is reported to have many beneficial effects in athletes. Sports massage can be used pre-event, post-event, during training or for rehabilitation. Athletes of all levels may benefit from sports massage. If you are looking for a way to improve your athletic performance, then sports massage may be for you.
Sports massage is a systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body that focuses on muscles relevant to a particular sport. Many different movements and techniques are used in sports massage. Examples of these techniques include; Swedish style massage, effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), compression, friction, tapotement (rhythmic striking), vibration, gliding, stretching, percussion and trigger points. These movements and techniques are used to try to help the athlete's body achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning with a decreased chance of injury or pain and a quicker recovery.
Many benefits from Sports massage have been reported based on experience and observation. Some of the benefits are to the mind (psychological) and some are to the body (physiological). Possible side effects of sports massage are tenderness or stiffness for 1 to 2 days after the sports massage.
Some of the reported benefits are increased blood flow, increased joint range of motion, increased flexibility, increased elimination of metabolic waste products, increased sense of well-being, decreased muscle tension, decreased neurological excitability (nerves more relaxed), decreased chance of injury, decreased recovery time between workouts and decreased muscle spasms.
Research studies regarding perceived fatigue and recovery showed that subjects felt they were less fatigued and felt like they recovered faster after Sports massage. Decreased anxiety, improved mood and well-being were also noted. Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) decreased by about 30% in one research study. Other studies support the finding that DOMS does decrease after Sports massage.
SunState BodyWorks™ combines deeper tissue treatments, such as Sports Massage, with products like Deep Muscle Therapy or Cold Pain Relief Gels.