5 Great Benefits of Sports Massage Therapy
You don’t have to be an athlete to experience the many benefits of Sports Therapy in Vancouver. In fact, the Sports Massage Therapy as offered at Burrard Physiotherapy can be very beneficial for people from all walks of life.
What is Sports Massage Therapy?
Sports massage is a type of physical therapy using deep tissue manipulation to help reduce pain, improve function, and promote quicker healing. While typically associated with athletes, anyone may enjoy these five benefits of sports massage.
1. Promotes Healing
The biggest benefit to sports massage is the improved blood flow. As the therapist works the tightness out of the muscles, circulation is improved, allowing more blood to bring essential nutrients and oxygen reach the site of the injury. This improved circulation provides the area with the building blocks it needs to heal quicker while preventing DOMS.
2. Helps Prevent Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) typically arises within 12 to 24 hours after exercise. This can also be felt after some forms of physical therapy. Sports Massage, however, can help prevent this reaction by improving blood flow to promote quicker healing and pain relief.
3. Pain Relief
While sports massage therapy can help prevent muscle soreness, the same process reduces pain caused by chronic conditions or injury. As blood flow is improved, the body is able to flush the lactic build up more efficiently, reducing the acidity levels within the muscle cells allowing them to heal quicker. As pain levels decrease, the range of motion and function often improve.
4. Improves Mobility and Function
A goal of sports therapy in Vancouver is to restore normal function of the area in question. An experienced therapist will be able to help work the tightness out of the area using specialized techniques depending on the location and cause of the reduced function.
5. Reduces Stress
The building blocks of healing are not the only things carried through the blood during sports massage therapy. The body also releases a flood of endorphins. This naturally reduces stress and promotes relaxation, which in turn helps speed recovery. Often people report a sense of improved well-being following a massage session.
If you suffer from chronic pain or an injury, we can help relieve your pain and get you on the path to healing. For more information, please contact the experts at Burrard Physiotherapy today!