When Should You Get a Sports Massage?
Sports massage is a popular form of therapy for reducing muscle pain, stiffness and improving performance. In today's blog post, we will explain when you should get a sports massage in order to achieve the desired results.
What is sports massage?
Sports massage is a form of manual therapy used by physiotherapists and massage therapists. The strokes are applied with firm pressure along the muscle fibers. Massage oil is used to reduce friction. The main benefits are to reduce muscle pain, improve flexibility, speed up recovery and reduce stress.
Should I get a sports massage before or after working out?
Sports massage can be beneficial both before or after working out, depending on your goals. If you feel sore after a workout, sports massage can help you to reduce the muscle pain and recover faster. Because your muscles will be more sensitive to touch, the therapist will adjust the pressure in order to not cause too much discomfort. On the other hand, sports massage can also be used prior to a competition in order to warm up the muscles and improve the performance.
What if I have an injury?
A physiotherapist can assess your injury and determine what is causing your problem, and may recommend sports massage as part of the treatment. Sports massage can be used for some common musculoskeletal conditions, such as minor muscles tears, muscle spasms and stiffness.
I don't work out, can sports massage help me?
People who spend long hours sitting often complain of neck, upper back, lower back, and hip pain. A physiotherapist can use sports massage to relieve your pain, in conjunction with stretches and exercises to correct the underlying cause.
The benefits of sports massage extend not only to athletes, but also to sedentary people who want to improve their health and wellbeing. Get in touch with a physiotherapist if you are interested to know whether sports massage is ideal for you.