Amateur and professional athletes alike use sports massage to help them recover from injuries or intensive training, reduce pain and prevent further damage – as well as to warm up, cool down or relax before or after exercise. Sports massage can help even if you don’t exercise regularly.
How often should you have sports massage?
For an athlete training for an event I usually recommend treatment to happen every 3-4 weeks providing no current injury or rehabilitation is taking place. This can be increased to every 1-2 weeks leading up to the event.
Can sports massage make you worse?
Massage is like exercise: It forces blood into your muscles, bringing nutrients and removing toxins. This process can temporarily increase inflammation (the healing response) to areas that the body feels need attention. This inflammation can bring discomfort.
What is the difference between a normal massage and a sports massage?
Patients normally ask if there is a difference between a regular massage and a sports massage. The difference is less candles and aromatherapy, more release of muscle tension; the therapist will use a deep and intense technique, which results in the mobilisation of the tissues.
How often should athletes get deep tissue massage?
If you are seeking treatment for an injury, it may be recommended that you initially come in 1-2 times per week and slowly space out your visits as you begin to feel better. For our professional athletes, we recommend 2-3 massages every week to keep feeling your best and an optimal level of athletic performance.
Should a sports massage hurt?
The discomfort you feel during and after a massage is completely normal and, on the whole, it means it is working. But a sports massage should never cause you so much pain that you feel the need to tense up in order to bear it. If your muscles are tense then they won’t be getting much of a benefit from the massage.
Is too much massage harmful?
Is there such a thing as too many massages when you have benefits like this? Actually, you can get massaged too frequently. Once a week is the most you should go unless you are dealing with pain or high-intensity sports.
Why I quit being a massage therapist?
The first five years of practice are the most difficult because you’re not used to the physical demands, and many massage therapists quit due to burnout. Acclimating to the emotional demands are difficult as well. Clients come to you with frustrations and complaints, often times breaking down and crying in the room.
Can massage do more harm than good?
Done right, a massage can help everything from stress and migraines to serious illnesses like Parkinson’s and Sickle Cell Anemia. But a bad massage can actually injure nerves and cause muscle spasms and inflammation.
Is daily massage harmful?
Most massages are considered safe. Talk to your doctor before getting one if you have a serious medical condition. You may want to ask for massage therapist recommendations from your doctor so you can find someone who meets your needs.
What’s better deep tissue or sports massage?
The key differences between deep tissue and sports massage
Deep tissue massage therapists can identify and treat areas of muscle weakness, but they usually aren’t treating sport-specific injuries. In this case, deep tissue massage is better for those looking to treat injuries such as back and neck strains.
Will a sports massage get rid of knots?
It can help with pain reduction and relaxation as well as getting rid of muscle knots. It can also increase the functionality of your muscles, which can help prevent injuries.
Can anyone have a sports massage?
The current role of Sports Massage as I see it is to facilitate the alleviation of stress and tension that can build up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Sports massage can be applied to anyone from any walk of life, whether the client is an office worker, a casual trainer or an athlete.
Do athletes get massages every day?
For most of us, massage is the ultimate therapeutic treat that we indulge in once a month or so; to a professional athlete, massage therapy is an everyday and on-the-field essential. Sports massage is a valuable component in most collegiate, professional, and Olympic training programs across the world.
How long does it take to recover from sports massage?
It usually takes 24-48 hours to feel the full effect of a sports massage after which you should feel comfortable, rejuvenated and refreshed.
Should athletes get deep tissue massages?
Regular deep tissue massages can help increase an athlete’s range of motion because the massage actively breaks down tightness around the muscles. Deep tissue massages also stretch out your muscle fibers and break down your scar tissue, promoting flexibility and agility.