The benefits of Sports Massage Therapy are numerous:-

Minimizes the Risk of Injury or Re-Injury
By having regular Sports Massage it is possible to prevent injury or re-injury. Applied skilfully, massage is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system. It may help athletes prevent injuries, which might otherwise be caused by overuse. A constant build up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments or tendons as well as the muscles and connective tissues themselves.

Speeds up Recovery and Improves Quality of Training
Recognition of adverse muscular and neural tension is important during the demanding times of training. By increasing the blood flow through the body, especially the muscle tissue we can improve the recovery process allowing you to train more effectively and safely. The massage, much like a good cool down, significantly assists with the removal of waste products (e.g. lactic acid) and helps supply the tissues with essential nutrients to aid recovery. Regular treatment offers the possibility of an increase in the quality and quantity of training. The more the therapist can understand your body the more advice they can give you on stretching, strengthening and training.

Enhances Performance
Much like massage aids recovery and increases the quality of training, it may also be used to assist in increasing your performance. Whether through the stresses of training or postural imbalances, potential over use or over load injuries may be identified early and worked on before they become problematic. Over time, regular fine tuning of training, strengthening and stretching programmes can greatly assist the overall performance in terms of technique, power, endurance and flexibility.

Top Tips

- Ensure that you warm up and stretch before exercise to prepare the soft tissues with a fresh blood supply ahead of the activity. This loosens the tissues making them more pliable and less likely to tear through overload too quickly. It also prepares them to receive the extra blood flow that is about to be pushed through them at an increased rate.

- Equally important is a proper warm down, which will be sport specific. This initiates the body's recovery process, eliminating unwanted toxins that have built up such as lactic acid, and stretching will re-align muscle fibres and reduce tightness after hard exercise.
March, 2015
Marathon and half marathon training schedules are well under way now - Roxanne is going to be running (or some may say 'shuffling') around Silverstone Half Marathon later this month. Remember if you've upped your training recently it'll serve you well to plan in an occasional Sports Massage to your routine to avoid injuries.

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