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EFFECTS OF SPORTS MASSAGE

EFFECTS OF SPORTS MASSAGE

Written by: Akhilesh Dev | Posted: September 19, 2019 at 1:29 pm | Total Comments: 1

Massage as it relates to sports conditioning is not an indulgence, but a necessity. If you are active in sports, crossfit, calisthenics, weight training, power lifting or bodybuilding, sports massage is essential to sustaining and improving your level of performance. Many times pain in a certain area is the result of an injury in another part of the body.

Sports Massage Will:
– Maintain the body generally in better condition.
– Prevent injuries and loss of mobility.
– Cure and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue.
– Keep sickness at bay.
– Work like an all-natural ibuprofen.

Physical Effects:
– Pumping – The stroking movements in massage suck fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels. This is especially important in tight or damaged muscle tissue as a tight muscle will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair.

– Increased tissue permeability – Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker.

– Stretching – Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up.

– Break down scar tissue – Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can effect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain.

– Improve tissue elasticity – Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues.

– Opens micro-circulation – Massage does increase blood flow to tissues, but so does exercise. What massage also does is open or dilate the blood vessels and by stretching them this enables nutrients to pass through more easily.

Physiological Effects:
– Pain reduction – Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the body’s endorphins.

– Relaxation – Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.

Psychological Effects:
– Anxiety reduction – through the effects mentioned above relaxation is induced and so reduces anxiety levels.

– Invigorating – if massage is done with brisk movements such as what would be done before an event then this can produces an invigorating feeling.

 

Related: https://www.theheelercentre.co.uk/health-wellness-news-articles/benefits-and-effects-of-massage/