What is Sports Massage Therapy?
Sports Massage Therapy is an effective modality used by Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) to both treat injuries and increase athletic performance in athletes. Elite level athletes have utilized Sports Massage Therapy as a key recovery and injury prevention tool for years because it works.
What can I expect a Sports Massage Therapy treatment to look like?
Treatments from a Sports Massage Therapist will depend on an athlete’s goals, their training and competition schedules, and their individual needs. Ideally, treatments should be two to three times per week after heavier training sessions or on recovery days. A single treatment per week after the hardest training session as an alternative to multiple weekly sessions will still be very effective for time-pressed athletes. Pre and post-competition massage is an excellent way to both prepare for and recover from an athletic event. Techniques range from light, “flushing” work for aiding recovery to deeper, myofascial techniques used to reduce adhesions and improve tissue mobility.
What are the benefits of Sports Massage Therapy?
Increased circulation, improved flexibility/range of motion, and improved tissue health are just some of the benefits of Sports Massage Therapy. Athletes often report a decrease in muscle spasms, soreness, and cramping. Because Sports Massage Therapy is so effective in aiding and shortening recovery times, athletes are able to train more frequently with greater intensity and with less chance of injury.
Why should I choose a Sports Massage Therapist?
Registered Massage Therapists in British Columbia are professionals held to a high standard trained to apply specific techniques to help athletes perform at their best.