Massage therapy helps to dilate the blood vessels, which improves circulation, which is necessary for flushing out toxins that exist throughout the body (lactic acid) that can cause problems such as swelling and muscle soreness. It also increases the amount of red blood cells, protecting the body from anaemia. For athletes, it is very important to keep the muscles healthy and in superior condition to increase performance.
Massage assists in this process by improving muscle tone and helping to prevent fatigue and muscular atrophy which could result in injury. Injury is commonly caused by fatigued muscles that have become shortened (that is, tightened and strained). This type of massage has been known to actually lengthen the muscle, which reverses this problem.
Injury prevention is imperative for athletes. Massage helps the individual to be conscious of how their body functions and what restrictions it may have. It is also very important for athletes to keep their body cleansed of impurities, thus massage acts as a mechanical cleanser, by stimulating lymph circulation and quickening waste and toxic elimination. Also aids in digestion!
As we all know, when a muscle is pushed too hard without enough water, muscle spasms can occur. Massage works to relax muscle spasms and gives a relief of tension, while also provides natural recovery to the body. After an intense workout, the body is depleted of essential amino acids, such as L-Glutamine. Massage can offset this depletion as well as boost the immune system. Athletes know that it is vital that they stay in optimal health so they can continue to train.
To become sick and have to stop training for even three days can be detrimental to an athlete and their workout regimen. Massage helps by decreasing your cortisol levels and by doing so, boosts your immune system. Also by lowering your cortisol levels you are also aiding in abdominal fat loss. If you’re already suffering from a cold massage is helpful because it helps you to rid your body of these toxins at a faster rate.
One of the most popular reasons to schedule a massage is to relieve the amount of tension and stress that one may feel. This includes athletes; Training is difficult and requires an enormous amount of dedication and hard work. Also Increases circulation and lowers blood pressure, emphasizes the elimination of metabolic wastes, Effective because it lessens ischemia (reduction of blood supply to organs and/or tissues which affects muscular pain) also Improves the lymphatic system which also removes waste from the body thus resulting in less swelling from injury.
So with all the above Benefits of massage therapy you can’t go wrong, not to mention that most Insurance companies cover Registered Massage Therapy. Book an appointment today WithLesley Young R.M.T. at Kings Bridge Massage Therapy Clinic, 67 Kings Bridge Road, and St.John’s, NL 579-7962 for a deep tissue, relaxation, and Motor Vehicle accident or sports injury/prevention related massage.
(I generally don’t pimp people out on my blog but Lesley is a FANTASTIC Message Therapist, I highly recommend her!)