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Post workout

After a workout the muscle are in a state of fatigue due to an increase in exertion. People that participate in regular work out sessions are not only more susceptible to muscles soreness and stiffness but more likely to gain an injury in the process. Unfortunately it is a natural part of increase strength, endurance, power and flexibility and can be hard to avoid.

A massage on a regular basis incorporated into a workout regime can aid in recovery process and help to prevent injury to the soft tissue structures.


Post workout massage focused on vastus lateralis and illio-tibial bandAbove: Post workout massage focused on vastus lateralis and illio-tibial band



Who can a post workout massage help?



A post work out massage is usually aimed at regular gym goers or those that have recently taken up working out in the gym environment. It can be aimed at professional athletes that are on a strict training regime and want to include a type of massage into their routine to help speed recovery so performance can be maintained instead of plateauing. A professional athlete would also benefit from a massage when a crucial event time is approaching.

People who are starting up a new gym regime programme would benefit from receiving a massage as those that have been inactive for some time are at greater risk of injury and delayed onset muscle soreness. Although lactic acid is built up the body does rid of it quite quickly, the actual soreness is due to the muscles working eccentrically in an unfamiliar fashion that causes the aches and the pains.


Friction massage of calcaneofibular ligament as part of training programmeAbove: Friction massage of calcaneofibular ligament as part of training programme



Benefits of post workout massage



The specialists at Liverpool physio maintain an up to date portfolio of knowledge regarding the latest studies regarding massages and its effects. Post workout massage for anybody that has been involved in exercise would feel the beneficial effects. Up to date evidence suggests that massages tissues after workout has an increase in a specific type of protein that helps in creating the inflammatory process which is pivotal to recovery.

Benefits of massage post workout:-
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Promotes mitochondrial biogenesis (formation of new cells in muscles)
  • Lactate removal
  • Decrease in pain
  • Increase in range of movement
  • Faster recovery
  • Increase flexibility




Deep tissue massage of bicep femoris as part of sports training programmeAbove: Deep tissue massage of bicep femoris as part of sports training programme



How a post workout massage works



Through the different types of massages and different techniques used a therapeutic effect can be reached. Different grades of techniques can be used depending on the aims of the individual. Massage works by stimulating the properties that aid in the recovery process so that pain or discomfort would be limited during the coming days.

A mechanical response of massage is an improvement of blood and lymph circulation which is due to the soft tissue manipulation that the specialists provide. This causes a feeling of relaxation due to the release of chemicals.

An increase in circulation due to the techniques used increases oxygen and nutrients to the muscles which have undergone extensive exercise. This helps them to recover quicker. As the muscles gain more nutrients tissue function gains more efficiency leading to an increase in activity in the muscles so that they are able to functionally operate to a degree of high efficiency after a workout.

How massage works in post-workout treatment:-
  • increases blood flow
  • Increase lymphatic drainage
  • Increases venous return
  • Increases oxygen to muscles
  • Removal of waste products
  • Reduces nerve compression
  • Stimulates pain pathways

How to book an appointment

If you would like to arrange an appointment with ourselves then email us on office@liverpoolphysio.co.uk or call 0151 558 0077.

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88 Rodney Street, Liverpool, L1 9AR
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