How many of you suffer with tight, aching and knotty muscles? When sports massage is applied skilfully it is the most effective therapy for releasing tight muscles and tension within the muscles. If you constantly have niggles and find that stretching isn't helping you from day to day then you need massage. These constant small niggles over time can lead to bigger problems and it is important to iron out the small niggles whilst they stay small. Sounds obvious but lots of us will leave it and then other problems occur. How many of you may have had a small niggle and then somewhere else in the body there is a larger niggle?? Likely to say that the cause of the greater niggle is from something smaller and you have over compensated in some way and as a result a larger injury has occurred. Now, I have been practising Sports Massage Therapy for 6 years and I have worked on different sports people from runners, cyclists and swimmers to body builders and weight lifters. Massage isn't just for those that lead an active lifestyle either, I have worked with clients that have worked in the city and lead a stressful business type lifestyle.
Stress is a massive cause of muscle tension and muscle tightness. Many of us lead stressful lives and as a result of this our bodies build up a natural amount of tension in the neck and shoulder areas. How many of you can relate to this? How many of you are reading this thinking that I could do with a massage in these areas? This is a sign of tension and this is a common place where our bodies will unconsciously tense. When this happens it is likely there will be muscle imbalances within the body which causes your muscles to shorten and tighten. It could also mean a more detrimental impact on your skeletal system meaning tendons and ligaments could become weaker. So muscle imbalances through stress is a big no no and sports massage therapy will help improve and correct these imbalances.
Stress isn't the only cause of muscle tension. For all of you that exercise this relates to you too. Picture your muscles like elastic bands that are stretchy and can be lengthened and shortened. When you exercise your muscles get shorter and over time if you neglect them they will continue to shorten until they cant go any further. A bit like an elastic band whereby if you keep stretching it, then band will snap. The same principle applies to your muscles if you do not look after them by either regularly stretching or having massage. When your muscles shorten the range of motion around the joint becomes less and it is more likely you could pick up an injury. The muscles do go back to their original state once worked but over time and as you get older your muscles will lose their elasticity. So it is even more important to look after your muscles as you get older.
Massage will help relieve tension within the muscles and it will also help lengthen the muscles which is what you want. Some people believe that if you stretch or massage the massage then you are going to lose definition. This is a myth and is certainly not the case. By having regular massages on your muscles you will reduce the risks of injury and increase your range of motion around the joints. There are many different massage techniques that can be applied to your body that focus on different areas. One of the main areas why massage is such a good therapy is because you can really focus on one area. The constant focus promotes blood flow to the area which helps promote more oxygen to the muscles. This is great for recovery and will help flush out any toxins. Massage works hand in hand with the lymphatic system and you shouldn't have a massage if you are feeling ill as you can spread the germs around the body.
In summary, if you suffer with tight and knotty muscles in you body then I suggest you book in with a local massage therapist to relieve the tension within your body. A more relaxed and supple body will mean better results with your exercise routine. For more information please don't hesitate to get in touch.