Athletes are always at an increased risk of suffering from an injury. This is where massage therapy comes to the rescue for the athlete. Massage therapists and their various movements and techniques are used, in order to manipulate the tissues of the body such as, stroking, kneading, stretching, pumping, creating pressure on the trigger points so it can create more blood flow to the area of need. These sports massage techniques are known to have many advantages for athletes and aid in improving upon their performance.
One of the chief benefits is that sports massage therapy improves the blood circulation and helps in eliminating the toxins such as lactic acid that accumulate in the body during exercising. Once the wastes get eliminated, the muscles of the body are able to absorb the nutrients properly.
This helps in enhancing the flexibility of the muscles as well as fastening their healing process. If an athlete has some specific trouble areas in their body which tend to suffer frequent injuries or which are more painful than others, the sports massage therapist can work specifically on these and help speeding up the healing and recovery.
Many athletes suffer from over-training syndrome, which is a result of not resting enough between exercising. Once or twice a month, visiting a Massage Therapist will help to calm the body from physical and mental stress which may have been caused by over training.
Registered Massage Therapists of BC have been trained to work with athletes and they have various and appropriate techniques that will help athletes with their specific injuries and are trained to give post treatment care that will speed up recovery and help athletes get back to doing what they do.