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Massage Therapy

Sports massage was developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. However, contrary to what the name suggests, you don't have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons and can be beneficial for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion.

Benefits of sports massage:

  • Increased joint range of motion (ROM)

  • Increased flexibility

  • Increased sense of well-being

  • Decreased muscle tension

  • Decreased neurological excitability (nerves more relaxed)

  • Decreased muscle spasms

  • Better sleep

  • Purported benefits that are not supported by research include:

  • Increased blood flow

  • Increased elimination of exercise waste products (lactic acid)

  • Decreased chance of injury

  • Decreased recovery time between workouts