Deep tissue massage for athletes – Proven benefits!
Deep tissue massage is a massage that goes beyond the external layers of muscles, and targets specifically the inner-most muscles and fascia in the body. Massage therapists who specialize in deep tissue massage, use extensive finger pressure and slow strokes to reach the deepest muscle layers.
There are so many benefits that come from deep tissue massage. According to a report by the University of Maryland Center, deep tissue massage is most effective in providing relief from chronic pain. It also reduces inflammation by improving blood circulation in all muscle layers. Due to these benefits, deep tissue massage is well-suited for athletes, helping them reduce muscle tensions by loosening the tight clusters that tend to form in the deeper muscle layers, due to constant wear and tear.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association, deep tissue massage improves performance in athletes by alleviating pain. Moreover, it reduces the chances of injury and even shortens the recovery time for existing injuries. These effects are based on two types of responses, namely, mechanical response and reflexive response. Mechanical response occurs because of the pressure applied on the deep layers as well as the slow movements that relieve the pain. The reflexive response on the other hand, causes the nerves in the massaged area to respond to the stimulation.
Another research conducted by the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, located in Ontario, found more benefits of deep tissue massage for athletes. The results of this research show that deep tissue massage promotes the growth of new mitochondria (the cells that make up plants, animals, fungi, and many other forms of life). This new growth improves the performance and endurance in athletes.
Other than physical benefits, deep tissue massage can also have a positive psychological effect on athletes. According to yet another study conducted by the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, athletic performance is not just physical, but also psychological. In this sense, deep tissue massage for athletes removes stress and anxiety by activating the parasympathetic nerves. In turn, these nerves relax the mind and muscles which help the athlete be better prepared for their next event.
In short, deep tissue massage is the ideal massage for all athletes because it not only makes them feel great after a workout, but also helps improve their performance and reduce pain.
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