5 Amazing Benefits of Massage Therapy for Athletes

Date Posted:8 October 2018

For optimal performance, athletes should possess: muscle flexibility, stamina and the ability to heal quickly.

Regular massage can help.

 

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), “Massage acts to improve performance, reduce pain, prevent injury, encourage focus and shorten recovery time.”

 

 

Here are a few amazing benefits of massage therapy for athletes:

Alleviates Muscle Tension  

Post-event muscle stiffness or sore muscles after exercise is quite common. A soothing rubdown can help alleviate the tension in muscles, relaxing them to help you perform better.

Reduce Recovery

A massage after a tough workout or game may improve recovery by increasing circulation. In fact, a study revealed that ‘massage decreases and delays the extreme soreness you get when exercising a muscle for the first time in a while by about 30 percent.’

Increase range of motion

Do you have tight shoulders or feel tightness in other joints? A soothing massage can help relieve the stiffness in muscles that are binding up your joints. Increase in flexibility means you can move through a greater range of motion.

Better sleep

Sleep is important for a healthy body and mind, but having disturbed sleeping patterns can impact your performance. Getting a regular massage can improve your quality of sleep.

A good night’s sleep is important for optimum performance.

Promote blood circulation and ‘feel-good’ hormones

A soothing massage will enhance your performance levels and increase blood circulation, allowing you to breathe more easily and efficiently.

Massage also promotes the release of ‘feel-good’ hormones; the endorphins that bring feelings of happiness and positivity.

The latest research conducted by scientists from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging at McMaster University in Ontario shows that, “Massage reduces inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria, the energy-producing units in the cells, following a bout of strenuous exercise.  What does that mean? It means that massage can help pain relief, build muscles and encourage their recovery as well. Not only does massage feel good on the muscle tissues, it actually is good for them.”

So, if you are a professional athlete or follow an exercise routine, it’s important to integrate a regular massage therapy in your regime. A massage will not only provide physical benefits to your health but will also offer physiological advantages.