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Benefits of Sports Massage

There are many benefits from regular massage both short and long term.

General Effects of Massage

• Maintains the body, generally in better condition.

• Prevent injuries and loss of mobility.

• Cure and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue.

• Boost performance.

• Extend the overall life of your sporting career.

Physical effects of massage

Pumping Action

The stroking movements in massage help to move the fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels. By increasing the pressure in front of the stroke, a vacuum is created behind and the blood is sucked through.

This is especially important in tight or damaged muscle tissue, this is because a tight muscle will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy needed to repair itself.

Increased Tissue Permeability

Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker.

Stretching the Tissues

Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up that could be causing pain.

Breakdown of Scar Tissue

Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can effect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain.

Massage helps to strach out the hapzard layout of the scar tissue cells, and over time can help them smooth off and appear less visible.

Improve Tissue Elasticity

Training hard can make the bodies tissues hard and inelastic. This is one reason why hard training may not result in improvements. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues and muscle fibres out.

Opens Micro-Circulation

Massage does increase blood flow to tissues, but so does exercise. What massage also does is open or dilate the blood vessels and by stretching them this enables nutrients to pass through more easily, giving that healthy glow to the skin

Physiological effects of sports massage

Pain reduction

Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways by flushing out the waste products and helps release the bodies endorphins.


Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.

Psychological effects of massage

Anxiety/Stress reduction

Due to everyday lives, stress and other problems such as muscle pain anxiety and tension builds up in our bodies. Massage help the body to relax and reduce this stress and anxiety allowing the body to forget about its everyday life.

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