How Can I Benefit From a Sports Massage?

Whether you’re a professional athlete or someone who exercises once a week, the benefits of getting a sports massage cannot be understated. The American Massage Therapy Association states that, regardless of your athleticism level, a massage is linked to reducing pain and preventing injury. In this blog, our Manhattan sports medicine doctor explains the benefits of a sports massage and when you should schedule your massage.

Physiological Effects

Although it may come as a surprise to some, a sports massage can affect your cardiovascular system. While being massaged, your blood vessels dilate which helps promote circulation throughout the body. During the process, fresh oxygen and nutrients are sent to your tissues and toxins are removed. This spike in blood circulation is proven to relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness, and help speed up recovery.

Psychological Effects

According to the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, athleticism does not rest solely on the shoulders of physical strength. There is a psychological aspect that cannot be ignored – stress, tension, and anxiety can affect an athlete’s performance. When getting a sports massage, or any other type of massage, you are encouraging relaxation by kick starting your parasympathetic nervous system. As your dopamine and serotonin levels rise, your cortisol levels take a dip.

When to Schedule a Sports Massage

Before going into a sports massage, it’s important to remember that the benefits of these types of massages are cumulative – there’s a chance that you won’t feel the effects of your massage until after multiple sessions. For individuals who are at a high-training level in their athleticism, it’s recommended that you make bi-weekly appointments. If you are an athlete with an upcoming event, you’ll want to schedule your sports massage at least 72 hours before the event to allow any soreness to dissipate. The same rule of thumb can be applied to scheduling a post-event sports massage.

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