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Improved recovery

Massage for individuals participating in any form and level of sport such as elite or recreational should consider massage as a substantial part of their regime. As the demands on the body increase throughout a competitive phase or intensity of a work out, individuals will benefit from massage to aid in the recovery process. Recovery time can be minimal between sessions and competition so I massage can speed up the recovery process so that maximum performance can be reached without the feeling of delayed onset muscles soreness and a risk of injury.



Side effects of training



A regular massage incorporated into fitness or training regime works with the physiological changes within the body. The aim is to increase the speed and enhance the recovery phase to that a high intensity of training is reached so that the individual has a competitive edge when it comes to competing.




Quad stretch massageAbove: Quad stretch massage



Unfortunately through intense training and competition there are side effects which can affect the way individuals train and compete. Through the increased demands put on the body abnormal tension and tight muscles can occur which may limit the output of the workload. Damage occurs to the muscles through micro-tears and disorganised collagen fibres which form scar tissue on the muscles. If untreated these can cause chronic tightness and have a serious impact on training and overall biomechanical structures of the body. This can:-
  • Increase risk of injury
  • Limit performance
  • Reduction in soft tissue flexibility
A development of tightness within the muscles can cause an over compensation by other muscles to act as the working muscles within a given movement. This can have an effect on technique, posture, power, strength and can cause imbalances within the body.


Posterior to anterior mobilisations of the glenohumeral jointAbove: Posterior to anterior mobilisations of the glenohumeral joint



Benefits of massage for recovery



The specialists at Liverpool physio adapt their techniques with relevance to each and every one of their clients so that it is personal to their goals. Different massages are equipped with different aspects of the training cycle for instances an athlete will benefit from a sports and trigger point massage pre and post events to increase the healing properties, whereas if an athlete has been under a considerable amount of stress in training or competition they may benefit from a Swedish or relaxation massage. These can be talked through with the specialists and a massage type specific to the athletes needs can be constructed.

Benefits include:-
  • Decrease of fatigue
  • Release trigger points
  • Break down of adhesions
  • Increase of muscle elasticity
  • Increase of muscle efficiency
  • Realignment of collagen fibres
  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Reduce risk of injury
  • Increase flexibility
  • Improvement of control systems - functional movements
  • Return to effective training




Soft tissue massage of vastus lateralis muscleAbove: Soft tissue massage of vastus lateralis muscle



Summary



Sports participants of any level should have a massage as part of their regime, it could be the difference between a constant workout plan or sustaining an injury. It helps the body condition itself for the demands that's placed upon it on a regular basis through intense exercise. Massage not only increases recovery but also has a direct impact on the effectiveness of performance on a daily basis.

The specialists at Liverpool physio can inform their clients of the right and suitable massages that will aid them in the recovery process following an intense exercise session.

How to book an appointment

To arrange an appointment with one of our specialist physiotherapists then you can email us at office@liverpoolphysio.co.uk or call 0151 558 0077.

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