When you suffer from any sort of sports injury it can be painful. Furthermore, it can mean that you won’t be able to go out and play your sport again tomorrow. Or possibly not even next week, or even for a month. It depends on the extent of the injury, and the tissue and muscle or muscles which have been damaged.
There is absolutely no doubt that rest and recuperation can aid recovery from sports injuries, but most people – especially professionals – need to get back to playing their sport as soon as possible. Even if you are not a professional, when you take part in a sport for the purpose of enjoyment and also with the object of keeping your body fit, you will still want to get back to your sport as soon as you can.
One thing that can help you considerably is a sports massage. In fact, a sports massage can help you BEFORE you suffer a sports injury. Professional sportsmen and women have a regular massage as a part of their routine, many visiting their masseur once a week. A sports massage does several things, one of which is to tone the muscles before an event and keep the body in good condition. It helps to increase blood circulation and increase the range of movement, ensuring that when you take part in sport you are at the peak of your possible performance. Several studies over the years have shown that those who have a sports massage are less likely to suffer any injury.
Of course, a sports massage before an event cannot guarantee that you won’t get injured, but if the worst should happen you can visit a London sports injury clinic like us, Acubody for a massage to assist in repairing the damage.
A sports massage is a deep form of massage and is actually based on Swedish massage. Long and deep strokes are applied to the tissue and muscles and have the effect of removing unwanted lactic and uric acids which are natural by-products of heavy exercise. It increases blood flow and circulation and thus allows more oxygen and other nutrients to get into the muscles. Swelling and inflammation are also reduced and scar tissue, which is a normal result of a severe injury, can be reduced.
There is also a side benefit and that is a psychological one. A massage is relaxing and will help to reduce stress, clearing the mind of the athlete and allowing him or her to focus on the job in hand – winning!