One of the best therapies to help you recover from an injury, or even a tough training session is massage therapy.
Many misunderstand massage as a therapy, but the actual reasons for a high quality, therapeutic sports massage are numerous.
Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress in life, but in addition to exercise, including massage therapy is also an excellent tool for relief.
Massage will flush toxins and relax muscles, but it is normally a day or two before the full benefit is noticed and felt.
This is not the only reason for massage. Here are a few more reasons why massage is so effective for athletes and anyone who is recovering from injury…
- Improved circulation – Massage increases the blood flow into the muscles. This is vital for injury recovery but is also key in bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles as well. Many athletes will have massages before and after competition for this very reason.
- Improved range of motion – We all know that a warm muscle moves better and is much less prone to injury than a cold muscle. In addition to proper stretching and flexibility, massage will lead to better and more effective performance for competition.
- Shortened recovery time – Massage increases oxygen flow and flushes toxins at the same time. Lactic acid, a normal by-product of exercise, is common after a workout. Massage assists in the body’s removal of the acid in natural waste removal.
This is not an exhaustive list, but it does give you some idea of the benefits of therapeutic sports massage. For a more in-depth article on sports massage, take a look at our article: Sports Massage Therapy for Recovery, Rehab and Better Athletic Performance.
Until next time, stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.
The Stretch Coach
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