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How Massage Helps Improve Sports Performance and Recovery

March 22nd, 2017 • Posted by Mary Nix • Permalink

Many professional athletes consider massage to be a vital part of their training and conditioning routines and the evidence is mounting for its effectiveness. Massage offers a range of benefits for both athletes and non-athletes, and even those below the professional level often swear by it.

Massage works by applying mechanical pressure to the soft tissues of the body, which has been linked to improved flexibility, better range of motion, less muscle stiffness, and fewer muscle adhesions, or tissue fiber that forms between soft tissues and other structures such as organs or other body tissues. Not only does this help the body work more efficiently in high-stress or high-impact situations such as sports, which lowers the risk of some injuries, it also helps to lessen the time needed to recover from an injury.

Using massage therapy during the healing and recovery process helps to increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the injured area and promotes better, faster healing by flooding it with vital nutrients. Massage also helps prevent muscle stiffness from inactivity and the formation of adhesions which can restrict your range of motion even after the injury has healed.

Research suggests that massage even help improve an athlete's overall endurance because it helps to build up mitochondria in the body. Since mitochondria are responsible for how the cells use oxygen, having more of them helps to increase how effectively your body can use the oxygen it takes in which in turn speeds up how fast the muscles can use the oxygen provided, meaning less fatigue.

For more information on how massage can help improve sports performance, prevent injury, and lessen your recovery time, or to set up an appointment with one of our massage therapists, contact us at Eagle Creek Massage today.

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