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Ten Good Reasons to have a sports massage
 
» I pulled a muscle and I’d like to make sure it gets better as quickly as possible.
» I’m doing a lot of training at the moment and I want my body to feel fresh at the start of each session
» I’m competing in an event soon and I want to stop my body from aching so much afterwards.
» I don’t have time for sport because I’m working so hard and I want my neck, shoulders and back to stop hurting so much.
» I feel like my neck and shoulders are so tight that they’re giving me headaches.
» I’ve been told I don’t have very good posture and I’d like to do something about it.
» I’ve had a niggling injury for ages which I was hoping would go away but it hasn’t.
» I feel like my body’s so stiff at the moment and I’d like to be able to move more freely.
» I’ve had injuries in the past and I’d like to make sure I can build up my training again without them coming back.
» I waste so much money on gym membership because I hardly ever go. It would be nice to spend my money on something that I can gain more benefit from.
 
   
1. I pulled a muscle and I’d like to make sure it gets better as quickly as possible.
  Sports Massage can help in the recovery of soft tissue injuries (muscle, tendon or ligament). It increases the circulation to aid oxygen and nutrient supply and removal of waste products from the site of the injury, promoting healing. It also helps to break down scar tissue, allowing the injured fibres to realign correctly and thus reduces the risk of the injury recurring.  
   
2. I’m doing a lot of training at the moment and I want my body to feel fresh at the start of each session
  Training can take its toll on the body. The muscles are shortened after each hard session and small percentages of muscle fibres are torn, with the body’s repair mechanism ensuring that it adapts to the increased training and becomes stronger. Sports massage can help to promote that process, increasing circulation and breaking down scar tissue, and including gentle stretching to restore the muscles to their original length. Maintaining flexibility during periods of hard training can ensure that optimum performance levels are reached.  
   
3. I’m competing in an event soon and I want to stop my body from aching so much afterwards.
  Post-event massage can have a significant effect on the severity of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS – that aching feeling that’s at its worst two days after a competition. Massage is especially effective following endurance events, promoting repair and restoration of muscle function through increased blood flow and removal of waste products from tired muscles.  
   
4. I don’t have time for sport because I’m working so hard and I want my neck, shoulders and back to stop hurting so much.
  Long hours spent sitting at a desk with poor posture are a common cause of neck, shoulder and back pain. When work becomes stressful as well you probably don’t even notice your shoulders creeping up towards your ears as your muscles get tighter and tighter. It’s a vicious cycle – the tighter they get, the more the blood vessels are constricted so less oxygen can get to the muscle fibres and less waste can be removed, Scar tissue from micro-trauma builds up and can’t be broken down due to the restricted blood flow, and the surrounding muscles tighten further to compensate. Sports massage can help to release these muscles, break down the scar tissue, break the vicious cycle and stretch out the shoulders and neck again.  
   
5. I feel like my neck and shoulders are so tight that they’re giving me headaches.
  Tight shoulder and neck muscles are a common cause of headaches. The restricted blood flow, compression of nerves and irritation of nerve endings resulting from tight muscles can refer pain to various regions of the head. Massage eases the tension in these areas, working on both the muscular and neural components of the dysfunction to release the muscles and restore blood flow.  
   
6. I’ve been told I don’t have very good posture and I’d like to do something about it.
  The spine is designed to have a gently curving pattern, which is essential for its supportive function in the body. The lifestyles of many people today deviate significantly from the lifestyle that the human body evolved to cope with, and sitting in cars and at desks, especially with little attention paid to posture, can start to create an imbalance in the muscles responsible for keeping the body upright. Typically the abdominal muscles become weak, whilst the hip flexors or hamstrings may become tight. The head may be held forwards of the body’s centre of gravity, putting strain on the back of the neck and the shoulders. Patterns that run throughout the full length of the body can be assessed, and treatment can help with the postural realignment process, gently releasing the tight muscles, freeing the connective tissue that surrounds them, and providing the range of movement to build strength in the weaker muscles. Along with a program of core stability exercises it can greatly improve posture and awareness of the body, helping you to notice when you’re slipping back into old habits.  
   
7. I’ve had a niggling injury for ages which I was hoping would go away but it hasn’t.
  If it hasn’t gone away by now then the chances are it’s not going to unless you do something about it. Perhaps the issue is actually that another muscle in the body is tight, and it’s causing an imbalance and tension at the site that you feel pain. Perhaps there has been minor tissue damage at the site and the healing process isn’t progressing by itself. Sports massage can help to assess the functioning of muscles around the body and their interrelationships, and through deep tissue massage it can create effects within muscles that could not be achieved by stretching alone.  
   
8. I feel like my body’s so stiff at the moment and I’d like to be able to move more freely.
  Tight and imbalanced muscles can cause the body to feel stiff, with decreased range of movement around joints. The connective tissue surrounding the muscles which should glide freely over them can become less flexible and adhere to adjacent structures. Sports massage techniques are very effective at releasing tight muscles, freeing connective tissue and converting it to a more fluid state. This can produce surprising improvements with very little perceived effort.  
   
9. I’ve had injuries in the past and I’d like to make sure I can build up my training again without them coming back.
  Increasing your training program can mean that injuries that you thought had gone for good can start to reappear. Scar tissue often remains in a muscle long after an injury appears to have healed. In healthy muscle tissue the muscles fibres and filaments run in parallel to each other, and this structure is essential for their function as muscle contraction is achieved by the filaments sliding next to each other. Following a muscle tear, scar tissue is formed as part of the healing process. This binds the fibres together again, but forms more of a tangled ‘knot’ rather than the aligned parallel fibres of uninjured muscle. Although scar tissue should subsequently be broken down, in some cases this process doesn’t fully complete, allowing the tangled knot to form a weaker point in the muscle. This adds additional strain to the surrounding healthy fibres, and means that once you’ve injured an area once it may be susceptible to re-injury. Sports massage can help to break down the scar tissue and restore the healthy muscle fibres. It can also identify points of weakness that you were not aware of, preventing problems that you didn’t even realise you had.  
   
10. I waste so much money on gym membership because I hardly ever go. It would be nice to spend my money on something that I can gain more benefit from.
  Spending huge amounts on gym membership with enthusiasm falling after the first few weeks and being pretty much non-existent after the first few months is an all too familiar story. Sports massage may just be able to offer part of an alternative fitness regime that adds a bit of enthusiasm back to your exercise. Do you really need to do your exercise in a gym? There are plenty of parks and river and canal paths that are ideal for running along, giving you some (fairly) fresh air as well. Resistance and core stability exercises can equally be devised using minimal equipment – your own body weight is often more than enough. So how about ditching the gym, getting outside, and when you’ve done a run or two and you feel like you deserve it, book in for a sports massage and see how much better it makes you feel.  
     
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