The Benefits of Sports Massage

12th August * 2 min read

With a number of sports clubs in and around Manchester always increasing and the number of gyms and health clubs increasing equally as fast, the need for sports massage therapists is at an all time high.

Over recent years, Personal Trainers, Gym Instructors and other health professionals have developed a clear understanding for the benefits of regular sports massage. This has resulted in a number of Personal Trainers referring clients to local sports massage therapists in and around Manchester. Although it’s great to refer clients between health professionals – I do feel that this is a wasted opportunity by fitness professionals in terms of upskilling and developing an extra income via sports massage. Sports massage courses in Manchester are now easier to access than ever, especially as the Governments’ 19+ Advanced Learning Loan will cover the cost of the qualification.

The purpose of this short article is to outline the benefits of regular sports massage:

1. Stress relieving

Sports massage therapy can help our clients and us manage stress. This occurs for several reasons but two of them include the release of tension which could be built up as a result of emotional stress like work and worrying or by physical stress such as training and exercise. The second includes the release of neurotransmitters called endorphins – when endorphins are released they can reduce anxiety, improve mood and even offer some pain relief.

2. Relieve pain

Many gym goers and recreational sports players have a lot of scar tissue as a result of previous injuries. Excess scar tissue can result in poor range of movement, pain and even increase the likelihood of developing another injury. Sports massage can help reduce this and even remove some of the scar tissue.

3. Improve tissue elasticit

Excessive training and a lack of recovery can result in tissue (muscle / ligaments / tendons) becoming hard and not very elastic – this could result in a muscle tear or another type of injury. Sports massage can reverse this process and help ensure all connective tissue remains elastic which will reduce the likelihood of an injury and improve performance.

4. Correct posture

The number of clients which our tutors deal with that have poor posture is increasing year up on year. This is mainly due to lifestyle – working on the computer all day, sat down all day, texting or on smart phones more regularly and even lack of exercise. Sports massage can help improve poor posture and as a result reduce pain and discomfort by lengthening and reducing the tension in tight muscles.

5. Reduce the likelihood of DOMS

Delayed onset of muscle soreness is usually the result of a hard training session or as the result of a new stimulus on that particular muscle. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, delayed soreness typically begins to develop 12 to 24 hours after the exercise has been performed and can last up to 72 hours. Sports massage can help reduce this and also prevent muscle fatigue.

If you are considering a Sports Massage Course in Manchester and would like more information on what’s involved and how we can help you access funding, please don’t hesitate to call us FREE on 08001123431 or contact us here.

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