When you have tight or damaged muscle tissue after your workout, your body naturally squeezes blood out of this area depriving it of the nutrients and energy it needs to repair. The stroking techniques used in a massage will pump fluid through the blood and lymph vessels helping with recovery.
A deeper, more intense massage opens up the pores in your muscle tissue membranes, enabling fluid and nutrients to pass through. What does this mean exactly? Your body will be able to dispose of waste like lactic acid much quicker, as well as encourage muscle recovery.
As well as doing your own post-workout stretches, getting your muscles stretched through massage therapy will help to relieve tension and any built up pressure.
If you’ve ever experienced a significant injury to your body, then you’re likely to have some scar tissue present where the injury occurred. This scar tissue can limit the movement in your muscles, tendons and ligaments, making you prone to pain and injury. Having a sports massage can break up this scar tissue and help give you more freedom and flexibility.
Built up tension and lactic acid can cause your muscles to be extremely sore post-workout. A sports massage will release endorphins throughout your body which not only reduce pain, but also help you relax and feel good.
If you feel like you may have suffered an injury during your workout, we suggest taking a trip to your local Sunshine Coast medical centre so they can have a closer look.
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