Benefits of Sports Massage
Sports massage is a form of therapy which can help alleviate
the bodies’ soft tissue structures – including muscles, tendons, ligaments and
fascia. Therapists use a range of manual, compressive and stretching techniques
to help reduce tightness, relieve tension and promote healthy soft tissue, and
below are some of the other benefits:
Helps relieve stress and reduces anxiety
Just a single massage treatment can reduce one’s stress
levels, and regular massages can have long-term beneficial effects. As well as
helping to reduce cortisol within the body (the stress hormone), this type of
massage can also boost the bodies’ endorphins, serotonin and dopamine, helping
you to relax and elevate positive moods. Sports massages have also been shown
to alleviate symptoms in people suffering with long-term depression and anxiety
Our immune system is the biological part of our body that
prevents illness and disease, but this can suffer due to a number of reasons
such as stress and poor diet. Massage has been shown to boost immunity by
increasing the cytotoxic cells that kill viruses and toxins within the body.
Massage promotes the important drainage of toxins through the lymphatic system
in the body, helping to increase good blood supply to the body.
Regulates Blood Pressure
High or low blood pressure can be fatal and symptomless, leading on to a number
of problems such as heart disease and stroke. Getting blood pressure to a
healthy level is vital and regular massage is a cost effective treatment to
regulate blood pressure – helping to increase good blood flow and supply to the
body – decrease heart rate and decrease cortisol within the body which has been
shown to increase blood pressure.
Helps to tone (scar tissue)
A sedentary lifestyle and poor muscle health can lead to muscles becoming
untoned. This can be due to poor blood supply, high levels of adhesions and
poor contractibility. Sports massage can help by stimulating unused muscle
fibres, breaking down knots within the tissues and regulating good blood supply
and beneficial drainage of toxins. Scar tissue that is laid down after injury
is treatable with massage techniques – massages can break down and elongate
scar tissue, helping to increase skins elasticity.
Pain in any form will cause your body and mind undue stress.
Sports massage, though uncomfortable itself when using deeper techniques, can
be helpful in preventing and stopping pain. Headaches can be relieved via
massage to the neck and shoulder regions, helping to relax the muscles that are
often tight and therefore inhibiting blood flow to the brain. Joint and soft
tissue pain – even arthritis – has been shown to decrease with sports massage.
Various techniques help to improve blood flow, which helps healing and also
develops a better range of motion at joints. The positive endorphins released
during massage also help manage pain and promote relaxation.
Many debilitating conditions affect breathing and the respiratory system, such
as asthma, bronchitis and allergies. Massage alone cannot solve these problems
but can go a long way to help. Treatments can help relax the respiratory
muscles in the back and front of the body, helping sufferers breathe deeper.
Massages can also improve posture, which can help open up the chest to improve
If you think sports massage might be the right treatment for you or you would like to find out more please contact us on 01672 851212.