Sports Massage Is Both For Injuries And For Toning Muscles Before An Event.

It is possible to suffer an injury when taking part in any type of sports, particularly contact sports such as rugby, football, and boxing. However, they can also occur in what might be thought of as sedentary sports such as snooker or darts. This is because repetitive actions, which in the case of snooker may take place over several hours, can also result in injury. The same thing can happen in a round of golf, among other sports.

You don’t even have to be taking part in a sport at all to suffer the same sort of injuries. You can get them from doing such things as digging your vegetable patch, where you may be adding manure and you turn over spadeful after spadeful of soil. DIY is another “hobby” which can lead to the same injuries, and believe it or not, you can also get them from sitting hunched up over your laptop all day or your tablet playing games for hours.

All of these injuries can benefit from a sports massage as well as myofascial release in London from one of the therapists at Acubody. Sports massage is a collection of techniques, and three forms of massage are generally used. These are effleurage, petrissage, and deep transverse friction massage (DTFM). Effleurage uses long, light, and gentle strokes along the length of the muscle and is performed slowly. Petrissage includes wringing, kneading, and scooping strokes. DTFM works by moving the fingers forcefully across the target tissues and is also known as cross-friction massage.

A sports massage is actually based on Swedish massage and overall is quite a strong, deep massage. Usually, no immediate effect is felt, but within 24 hours beneficial results are realised. In fact, the deep strokes that are used in a sports massage can actually make the limbs feel heavy for a while. This is the reason that a sports massage before taking part in an event will use somewhat lighter strokes. A massage before participating in sport has the effect of toning the muscles and increasing blood flow and circulation. It also has another benefit that many people don’t consider, but nonetheless is very important. It can relax an individual mentally.

If you think about it this makes sense, because prior to taking part in an important match or competition it is very easy to become stressed, and this can affect physical performance. You will perform much better if you are relaxed and at ease about taking part.