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Key Benefits of Sports Massages

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

Improve your recovery time and performance.

Sports massages are reported to have many benefits for both professional athletes and amateurs alike. In this article, we outline 5 of the key benefits of sports massages, and how it could contribute to your recovery post-activity.

What is a Sports Massage?

A sports massage is a type of massage therapy that is geared towards helping people recover from strenuous activities, considering its impact on the joints, muscle groups, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue. This localised focus, coupled with specific massage techniques, supports healthy recovery, rehabilitation, or further activity.

5 Benefits of Sports Massages

Sports massages hold a range of benefits for professional athletes and amateur athletes alike. We’ve outlined 5 of the key benefits sports massages can deliver below.

Promotes muscle flexibility

Sports massages increase muscle temperature, helping to reduce restrictions and increase elasticity with use of deep strokes, kneading, and myofascial release. In turn, this helps to increase the patient’s muscle and joint flexibility, and range of motion.

Facilitates soft tissue healing

By encouraging an increase in blood flow in the affected area, sports massages aid the healing of soft tissue. This delivers the necessary oxygen and nutrients required for the repair of damaged tissue, and also helps to break down any scar tissue that may have built up as a result of repetitive strain, trauma, or injury.

Improves physical performance

Sports massages have various benefits when it comes to improving physical performance, including:

  • Quicker recovery time

  • Improved flexibility

  • Improved muscle tone

  • Reduced muscle soreness and fatigue

  • Removal of toxins built up during activity

Helps prevent muscular injury

A sports massage following strenuous activity can help the body to relax. This, in turn, can help to prevent future injuries, particularly overuse injuries. This is particularly beneficial for people that regularly perform activities that require repetitive use of the same muscle and joint groups, like running, tennis, and swimming.

Better sleep

A sports massage will help to relax the body before sleep, as well as cutting down on sleep disturbances and alleviating stress, making it easy for the body to shut down and rest (and we all know how beneficial a good night's sleep is!).

Sports Massages in Leeds

3R Physiotherapy offers sports massages in Leeds to aid muscle and soft tissue recovery, and promote physical performance. We have three packages - Gold, Platinum, and Diamond, starting at just £142 for 3 x 60 minute sessions. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our sports massage service and how it could benefit your athletic performance.

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