Sports injuries are quite common. During exercising or practice sessions, muscle pulling and over stretching can result in serious injuries. Sometimes these muscle injuries are unavoidable. But, what is even important is how to recover?

 

Recovering from an injury can be a tiring and frustrating process. But, in order to gain physical strength and flexibility back, finding the right rehabilitation method is important. Massage therapy is a perfect recovery method.  

 

Massage plays an important role as a supplement to standard injury rehabilitation procedures.

 

 

Massage encourages the circulatory movement and relaxes muscles, which allows the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the rehabilitating injured areas to become more malleable and heal at an accelerated rate.

 

‘Sports massage is a little different than a relaxing massage. It has a specific physical goal- to help prevent injury or in the event of injury, help to heal the injured muscles.’

 

It is designed to work into the tissues to elongate muscles and improve blood and nutrient flow as well as waste product (such as toxin) elimination.

 

The AMTA’s 2010 nationwide survey revealed, “massage in addition to providing stress relief, the therapy is effective for a variety of conditions including arthritis, lower back pain, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, circulatory problems and recovery from sports injury.’

 

Regular Massage aids in Injury Recovery- 

 

  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Prevent injury
  • Enhances the elimination of lactic acid and carbonic waste products which results from muscle contraction during physical activity
  • Promote muscle relaxation
  • Improve performance by increasing muscle flexibility and joint range of motion
  • Decrease fatigue and pain
  • Shortens the recovery time

Whether you are a professional athlete or just a weekend warrior who practices an exercise routine, incorporating a massage in your schedule will help prevent the occurrence of injury and even aids in the recovery process.

With strenuous exercise, the muscles lose their ability to relax and they become shorter and tighter. The tight muscles aren’t flexible at all which makes them much more susceptible to injury.

If your muscles lose flexibility, they can easily pull or tear as blood flow is poor and can cause ischemia.

Research has shown that massage can cause vasodilation in the skin and muscles through stimulation of the nervous system receptors. Therefore, post-event massage promotes a sense of relief and relaxation after the event.

After intense physical activity, a massage can help to reduce mental and physical fatigue.

 
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