Traditionally, sports people only sought out sports massage once an injury had been sustained but the benefits of Sports Massage and Soft Tissue therapy are numerous and it actually forms an important role in general maintenance and can prevent an injury occurring. It is believed that sports massage impacts on the following bodily systems:
Releasing soft tissue tension, relieving stiffness, decreasing muscle spasms, releasing restrictions, softening and realigning scar tissue and loosening up adhesions all helping to restore optimal function.
By releasing tension and restrictions in soft tissue, it can help to re-establish a balance in muscle function where needed and increase mobility and flexibility, thus reducing the stress on joints.
By increasing blood flow, it can assist in bringing more oxygen and nutrients to tissue and removing waste products.
Massage stimulates a variety of sensory receptors which can either stimulate or soothe nerves. It can also reduce pain levels due to endorphine release.
Massage can assist the immune system by promoting fluid movement through the tissue.