The Massive Role of Massages for Athletes

November 13, 2018

 

Massages aren’t just exclusive to spa days; they can be incredibly powerful healing tools as well. Not only are they amazingly relaxing, they promote healing in the body and enhance overall wellness.

One group of people who can especially benefit from massage therapy is athletes and sportspersons. Being injured can be an athlete’s worst nightmare. Not only do injuries impair optimal performance, they can also delay their training, mess up their schedule, and are quite costly to treat.

Since athletes put immense pressure on their bodies regularly, the stress can cause aches and strain on the body. Massage therapy is the best way to ease those aches and reduce pain.

It Helps Relax the Muscular System

Athletes’ bodies are regularly subjected to rigorous training. This places immense stress on the muscles. Sore muscles not only impede optimal performance, they can knot up and stiffen, causing discomfort and at times, extreme pain. Massage therapy loosens tension in stiff and sore muscles making it easy for blood to circulate throughout the body. This also reduces fatigue and speeds up healing.

It Helps Reduce Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is an unfortunate part of life for many athletes. A past injury or constant high-pressure training can strain the muscles and result in chronic pain. This pain hinders the body’s ability to recover fast from injuries. Massage therapy can provide relief by helping the body release pain-relieving hormones called endorphins. Research from Oxford University suggests that regular massage therapy can be useful for pain management.

It Reduces the Effects of Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive stress injuries occur from repeating a similar type of motion continuously for long periods of time. From tennis elbow to tendonitis, shin splints, bursitis, and more; there are many types. Massage therapy increases flexibility and reduces tension in affected areas. It also keeps muscles strong and helps avoid further injuries.

It Promotes Rehabilitation

It is common for athletes to be injured on the field. Even minor injuries can put athletes under a lot of duress. Regular massage therapy promotes healing and rehabilitation. Certain massage techniques can even treat painful spasms through by stimulating specific trigger points.

It Can Help Improve Posture and Form

The body’s response to constant stress is by distributing that pressure and strain to other areas of the body. This can gradually result in unnatural form and bad posture. From neck and shoulder pain, to misaligned spines, and other issues; all can impede an athlete’s performance. Massage therapy can alleviate these problems by strengthening the spine and relieving tension from affected areas.

Are you looking for expert massage therapists to help you get back in shape? Elite Wellness is a professional physical wellness clinic in Wyckoff, NJ. We provide expert physical therapy and much more.

Call us now on (201) 652-1010!

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