Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down dhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. It will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those annoying injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.
Over training can lead to additional physical problems, such as loss of sleep, increased resting heart rate, slower recovery, lower overall energy, and is typically caused by a small recovery time frame between workout sessions—the body has not had adequate time to rebuild and restore. Therapy can improve the time frame between strenuous workouts by accelerating the body’s recovery time, promoting a faster healing, and increasing the circulation to those areas of the body most affected.
A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem — a tender knee from running, for instance. It is also be a good idea to see a movement therapist, who can help you identify and correct the movement pattern that might be causing your injury in the first place.