Sports Massage has become quite popular within the athletic community, but is also a common choice among everyday active individuals. Massage Therapy is highly effective for pro athletes, amateurs and even the weekend warrior. Massage Therapy can help maintain their level of fitness, prevent injuries and aid in the healing process of injuries when they occur.
The most common athlete that Sarah Nottingham, RMT sees in Bloor West Village are runners. Athletes can also range from people training for marathons and IronMan competitions to team sports and people just wishing to remain active and fit.
Massage immediately before an event or a game is beneficial for warming up the tissues, stimulating circulation and allowing the athlete to mentally relax prior to competition by calming nervous tension. Maintenance treatments before allows the athlete to maintain an optimal training performance while reducing chances of injury, that could develop from overuse. This is achieved by preventing muscle and tendon injuries, reducing muscle strain and discomfort. Specific attention to posture is very beneficial in creating balance within the body, thereby minimizing muscle imbalances and unnecessary strain placed on joints.
Massage after an event can reduce muscle spasm, reduce muscle soreness and flush lactic acid. All of which assist in recovery after prolonged exertion. Some common sports injuries that are treated with Massage Therapy are: tendinitis, bursitis, sprains, strains, shin splints, muscle spasm, etc.
Repetitive activity can often create a constant build up of tension within the muscles, and create imbalances in the soft tissues leading to stresses on the joints. Without intervention of some form, whether it’s Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic or Physiotherapy these can become chronic. These may also interfere with the athlete’s rate of improvement which hinders training, interferes with competition and impedes performance or leaves them susceptible to developing more serious injuries. Overall Massage Therapy is an effective choice for athletes of all levels to maintain a much healthier physical state.
Book a Sports Massage appointment with Sarah Nottingham, RMT.