Sports massage is an important part of the recovery routine for any athlete. The human body is a resilient machine, but it is not invulnerable. Here at One Physiotherapy we understand the demands placed on an athlete’s body. Our team of therapists are experts in all forms of massage therapy but we especially understand the therapeutic needs of athletic recovery. We treat elite performers here at our Madejski Stadium clinic every day. Book a session with one of our team TODAY. Call us on 0118 975 8000. Sports massage can be used to speed up the recovery process between training sessions and is also an effective rehabilitation option for people who have suffered from any injury.
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How is Sports Massage Different?
Sports massage differs from traditional massage in that the person carrying out the massage is trained in sport-specific techniques and understands the relationship between different parts of the body. Many sports massage techniques are techniques that are borrowed from Swedish massage and Shiatsu. The techniques are designed to promote circulation to specific areas, work out soreness, and loosen up specific muscles.
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A good massage therapist can help to prevent, or treat, delayed onset muscle soreness. They can also improve flexibility, help increase flow through your lymphatic system and improve your circulation. This means that you can get back to training more quickly, and you are less likely to suffer from an injury.
While getting a sports massage from a qualified massage therapist is the best idea, it is not always possible to find a trained massage therapist in your area. Some athletes make do with self massage techniques using foam rollers, rumble rollers or even tennis balls to massage specific spots on their body. This type of deep tissue massage can be incredibly beneficial, but is a clear second best to a targeted massage from a qualified person.
Choosing A Massage Therapist
If you are thinking of visiting a massage therapist, be sure to investigate them first. Think of a massage therapist as being a sports injury rehabilitation professional, because they are responsible for your health. A good massage therapist can help you to stay flexible, fit and healthy. A bad message therapist, however, could do more harm than good. Ask each massage therapist if they are licensed to perform sports massage in your state, and ask them for evidence of their training. In addition, make sure that they are insured. Also, talk to some of their current and past clients and ask them how they feel about the therapist. Do not accept written references – call the client on the phone and ask for feedback. You may be surprised at how much detail you get from a verbal answer; good and bad!