Sports massage is a deep tissue treatment aimed at restoring normal muscle length, tone and balance. It is used in the sporting environment both as an injury prevention tool and to aid recovery.
When we exercise, our muscles sustain micro tears and produce a waste product called lactic acid. Micro tears and lactic acid can cause our muscles to feel tender or sore one to two days after exercise and can continue for up to 4-5 days if severe. You may here this feeling described by sports people as doms (delayed onset of muscle soreness). Doms is completely normal, and on its own does not impair performance. However, the heavy lethargic feeling you experience with doms can have negative impacts on your training and confidence and sports massage if often used to minimise this.
Sports massage has been shown to:
- improve circulation and lymphatic drainage
- improve muscle length, tone and balance
- improve recovery rate after exercise
- reduce pain
- reduce swelling
At Newcastle physiotherapy, we advise this for body maintenance, injury prevention, pre and post exercise and competition.