Massage Therapy for Athletes

Massage therapy has benefits for athletes that go far beyond mere therapeutic relaxation.  Massage therapy serves as an incredible aid for musculoskeletal rehabilitation and recovery.  For the high performance athlete or novice health and wellness seeker, massage therapy can open doors to physical performance that stretching and other generic recovery techniques could never permit.

Massage Therapy can alleviate muscle tightness, fatigue, swelling, lactic acid buildup, and poor blood flow to muscles as a result of athletic recovery. Many times stretching is not enough to straighten out the muscle fibers again after strenuous activity. Massage can be the only way, at times, to remove knots, or reset muscles after muscle tearing. It also will drastically reduce the muscle’s recovery time by manually realigning the sarcomeres and increasing blood flow to the tissue.

The holistic benefits of massage are innumerable, but, as an athlete, flexibility is the most notable. By reducing recovery time and muscle tightness, you can have healthier range of motion going your next workout, and therefore; reduce the risk of worsening the issue or injury.  The tactile therapy also is extremely beneficial to tendon and joint health, as well as spinal and postural symptoms.  Range of motion is crucial for proper exercise and flexibility is considered the most detrimental aspect to athletic performance.  These are some of the simple benefits, but a comprehensive list is shown below.

  • Help athletes monitor muscle tone
  • Reduce muscle hypertonicity
  • Improve soft tissue function
  • Support recovery from the transient immunosuppression state
  • Support the recovery of heart rate variability and diastolic blood pressure after high-intensity exercise.
  • Decrease delayed onset muscle soreness
  • Be the most efficient intervention for maintaining maximal performance time in subsequent exercise tests when combined with active recovery from maximal exercise
  • Reduce serum creatine kinase post exercise
  • Reduce breathing pattern disorders
  • Enhance athletic performance
  • May help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly
  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Decrease muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve exercise performance


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