Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or you’ve just started leading a more active lifestyle, a sports massage regimen can improve your game both on and off season. The main goal of sports massage is the prevention and healing of injury, but its benefits extend far beyond that of healing and repair.
Massage can also be an effective and non-invasive solution for strengthening and conditioning muscle, increasing flexibility, promoting more restful sleep and maintaining optimal athletic performance year round.
Types of Sports Massage
There are several types of sports massage, each with various benefits aimed at specific points in an athlete’s training timeline.
If you’re competing in an athletic event or getting ready for game day, a pre-event sports massage is a great way to loosen up and prepare both mentally and physically before an athletic performance. Our pre-event sports massage sessions are relatively quick, designed to be integrated into your normal warm-up routine. Pre-event massage comes with the following benefits:
- Prevent injury
- Increase flexibility and mobility
- Improve circulation
- Increase endurance and stamina
- Relieve performance anxiety
Ideally given within a few hours of an athletic event or game, post-event sports massage helps the body to de-stress and begin the process of healing itself more quickly. Post-event massage also provides other benefits, including the following:
- Provide stress relief
- Improve blood flow
- Reduce healing time
- Detoxify the body’s systems and muscle tissues
- Relieve muscle stiffness and soreness
Supplement your Training
Throughout the training season, a sports massage regimen can be a beneficial adjunct; it helps the body heal and strengthen in between practice sessions and training days. The main goal is to aid in recovery and maintain optimal health, but regular sports-related massage therapy sessions can help athletes by promoting better health and performance overall. It can also:
- Ward off common illnesses
- Increase recovery time
- Prevent injury
- Increase flexibility and range of motion
- Promote more restful sleep
- Increase stamina
Rehabilitative Sports Massage
Sports massage is a non-invasive treatment option for sports related injury or stiffness, soreness and pain that results from exercise. Many of our athletic patients have specific problems such as a bad knee, a pulled muscle or chronic pain. Pain and stiffness can come from old injuries, recent injuries, overuse, muscle exhaustion, overextension or improper form. Rehabilitative massage helps to:
- Alleviate pain
- Increase the body’s healing time
- Correct bad form or posture
- Prevent further injury
Why You Should Consider Sports Massage
Sports massage is an effective choice for athletes and active individuals of all ages and ability levels. It’s an excellent treatment option for specific sports-related injuries, and it can also supplement an overall fitness regimen at any point in an athlete’s training timeline. Fulmore Chiropractic offers sports massage along with several other fitness and physical therapy programs, so contact us today to learn how we can help you improve your game year round.