Sports Massage

What is Sports Massage?

  • A mechanical manipulation of body tissues with rhythmical pressure and stroking for purpose of promoting health and well-being.

    Massage has many benefits on the human body:

    1. Mechanical effects
    • Stimulates blood flow
    • Increases tissue temperature
    • Improves metabolism
    • Increase lymphatic flow
    • Removes waste products
    • Mobilises tissue
    • Breaks down adhesion
    2. Reflex effects
    • Sedative effects
    • Invigorating effects
    • Relieves pain
    • Pain gate
    • Descending Pain Suppression System
    • Reduces spasm
    3. Chemical effects
    • Vasodilation
    • Increased blood flow
    4. Psychological effects
    • Feeling of well-being
    • Reassure patients that any painful or damaged areas can be touched and moved

    When is Sports Massage effective?

    • Pre-competition
    • Post-competition
    • Psychological involvement
    • Treatment of injuries
    • Training and conditioning