Sports massage is a form of treatment regularly used to help reduce the stresses put onto the musculoskeletal system. It is a long established and effective therapy used for the relief of pain, swelling, muscle spasm and restricted movement. Massage increases blood flow to the muscles being worked on, which is suggested to be an important factor in the removal of lactate after exercise through enhanced oxidation and diffusion out of the muscles.
As muscles begin to naturally heal post injury, the fibres do not always align themselves as they were prior. This can cause a loss in flexibility and could therefore change the range of movement and even the way the muscle contract.
Sports massage manipulates the muscles to straighten out the fibres that are damaged, this in turn will eventually improve the flexibility of the muscle. Whilst the muscles are being worked on, it allows a fresh blood supply with plenty of oxygen to be forced into the injured area and flush out any toxins that could hinder the recovery.
As sports massage is a deeper method of massage, it can often be more uncomfortable than a relaxation massage or remedial massage treatment. This pressure is necessary, however while treatment can feel relatively tender I am always conscious that 'pain' during treatment can be tolerated by the patient.