If you’ve ever watched a professional sporting event, you know how effective massage can be in dealing with sports strains and injuries. Massage therapists are usually on the sidelines of games, ready to offer quick massages to get injured players. In fact, massages are an important facet of training and keeping fit for pro athletes. As any physician will tell you, however, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from this therapy. Here are some of the benefits of sports massage for treating injuries:
Muscle stiffness is a common side effect of a sports-related injury. Massage helps relieve this tension in the soft tissue. Massage therapists focus on applying pressure to deep muscle tissue, which decreases muscle stiffness and increases flexibility. Reducing that stiffness helps you get back to moving the injured muscle, which will speed your rate of recovery.
The manipulation of the deep, soft muscle tissue increases the flow of circulation to the injured area. Increased circulation removes excess lactic acid cause by your injury, and it speeds recovery-supporting nutrients to the injured area.
Stress is the enemy of recovery, and injured athletes often experience heightened stress as a result of their injuries. Sports massage has been shown to decrease blood pressure and cortisol levels, and most athletes report improved relaxation after a massage. This reduced rate of stress will allow your body to focus on repairing the injury. Many athletes use sports massage as part of their training regime even when they’re not injured, because they feel that the psychological benefits of massage make them better competitors.
The massage therapists at Jacksonville’s Personal Injury Physicians can help you beat your sports injury. In addition to massage therapy, we offer exercise therapy, chiropractic care, and a host of other pain management treatments. Our personal injury physicians can diagnose your problem and develop a personalized treatment plan that will help you beat pain and overcome your injury. Call us today at (904) 638-3702 to schedule an appointment.
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