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Sports Massage – Why you need it and how it can help you.

sports1Are you a sports person? Do you love your squash, your gym sessions in the weight room or playing golf on a beautiful Sunday morning?

Then chances are at some point you have either pulled or strained muscle tissue or ligaments, we can’t avoid it, its part of the game. When it comes to putting you back together again, finding the best sports massage London has to offer will assist with your recovery and make you feel so great, you will want to get back out there and hit another session in the gym, tee green or courts.

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Sports massage is for every athlete, whether you are just a hobbyist with your sport, or you play professionally, or semi-professionally, a sports massage should be on your list of things to do every six to eight weeks to keep you limber and prepared for action. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure – that old adage rings true and by using a good sports massage regularly, you are less likely to pull a muscle group or tear something that you shouldn’t.

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There are many sports massage centres all across the country, they are not hard to find. However, finding the right sports therapist to deliver your massage is where the challenge comes in. A quality massage should be delivered by a trained professional in sports therapy. A true sports therapist will have a working knowledge of the skeletal and muscular system and will understand clearly how the anatomy works in sports movement. They should preferably have a degree in sports science and be established in their community.

Take some time to search through the internet for sports massage therapists in your area and read through some reviews of the therapists practising at the treatment centre. Not all massage practitioners are equal, some are much better than others and usually the best way to find them is through word of mouth, so check out what the reviews have to say before you decide on the therapist that is right for you.

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The sports massage itself can be a fairly painful process. A sports massage is a deep tissue technique and requires a firm hand to deliver the massage correctly. Often to relax the muscle bellies and loosen the sinew connecting the muscle tissues requires quite a bit of pressure from the therapist. Areas like the calves and quadriceps can take a lot of strain and build up a lot of tension as time passes, simply because they are muscle groups that we not only use on the sports field, but in everyday life as well.

So don’t be surprised if it feels a bit uncomfortable, it’s best to be prepared for it. Sports massage is not like your aromatic Thai massage that feels like a nice smooth relaxing experience, sports massage is designed for recovery and to get your blood moving in the muscle fibres and tissues to stimulate repair. This does not come with aromatic candles. However, it will provide a lot more relief from injury than any other massage style.

If you can, make sure someone takes you to the therapy centre, rather than drive yourself. Often after the massage, the amount of toxins released and mild trauma of the massaged muscle groups will cause you to feel drowsy, so it’s best not to be behind the wheel. Try to get to sleep as early as possible as this will help your body process everything and heal faster. The following morning you may feel a little bruised or beaten up, but as the day progresses you will feel great relief in the affected area that will make the painful experience of the day before seem well worth it. By the end of the day and the following, you will feel tremendous and will likely be calling the centre to make your next appointment on the massage bed.

 

For more information please visit http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/  they also have a great symptom checker here or why not check out some of their latest articles and this amazing section on rehab and exercise.