Sep 2016 24

Why should I get a sports massage?

By: Dave Wheeler

Now that autumn is here, a lot of sport & exercise regimes are cranking up again.

Here's a reminder of why it might be a good idea to think about a sports massage.

 

Sports massage can help prevent injury

Personally, I think this is the #1 benefit of sports massage.

OK, it's not so important when you're in your 20's, I'll admit - you can bounce back from pretty much anything then, but as you get older your muscles take longer to recover and become more prone to injury.

Sports massage can help keep your muscles supple and improve your range of motion. Overly tight muscles can tear easily, and sports massage can relieve tight musculature, reducing the risk of a muscle tear. 

 

Sports massage can help your performance

In the same way that keeping your car tuned  helps its performance, keeping your muscles in shape helps you to perform better.

If there are restrictions or tight spots in your muscles, then your body is going to have to adapt around the problem. This is inefficient.

Sports massage can help make sure that you're working efficiently in your chosen sport or exercise.

 

Train harder

Because your muscles are less susceptible to injury when they're looked after, and because you'll be able to perform more efficiently, you'll find that sports massage can help you train harder for longer.

 

How often should you have a sports massage?

The answer to that is "it depends".

It depends on the combination of your age and the frequency / duration / intensity of your exercise.

If you're in your early 30's doing 45 mins in the gym 3 times a week a breaking a light sweat, then once every few months is probably going to be enough.

On the other hand, if you're in your late 30's / early 40's running more than 10 miles a week then you'll definitely benefit from a sports massage each month.

Finally, it depends how important your exercise is to you. If you don't mind taking a few months off when injury comes, then sports massage is less important to you than if you feel you need to keep exercising.

 

What's the down side of sports massage?

It hurts.

Not always. Not every time. Not every minute of every session. But there are times when it will hurt a bit.

 

As ever, if you think I can help, give me a call.