Massages are not merely luxuries offered in health clubs and spas. They are offered in hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation and physical therapy facilities. Therapists and Chiropractors often include massage therapy in their comprehensive rehabilitation programmes, on top of certain exercises or movements that can all help restore and a person’s mobility and overall health. Massages have long been proven to be essential in encouraging faster recovery.
‘Massage’ is the general term for rubbing, manipulating, and pressing the muscles, skin, ligaments, and tendons. Therapists typically use their hands and fingers, but some specialists may utilise their elbows, forearms, and feet, depending on the type of massage that is being offered. The movements may range from deep pressure to light strokes. There are different types of massages, and sports massage is the one that is recommended for physical therapy and rehabilitation.
A sports massage is almost similar to a Swedish massage, but it is aimed at athletes and individuals who need to restore their movement or treat or prevent injuries. This type of massage can restore the body’s ability to move without pain and prevent loss of mobility. It can restore movement to injured joints or muscle, correct posture, and even boost athletic performance and movement. Sports massages may help break down scar tissue, which may have been a result of previous trauma or injuries to the ligaments, tendons, and muscle. Scar tissue may lead to painful tissues that have lost their flexibility and joints that are difficult to move or flex.
A sports massage can help promote proper blood circulation. Muscles can relax due to the stretching, increased circulation, and heat generated from the movements. Massage therapy may reduce pain by releasing your body’s endorphins, which may further provide psychological benefits, like anxiety and stress reduction. A massage can be invigorating, too.