How can massage affect an athletes performance?


Many people think of massage as a luxury item, a treat and as such we often leave the periods between massages a bit too long. If we place it in the forefront of our minds, we can change our perception and better understand the physical and psychological effects it can have.

Massage has the ability to:

  • boost the immune system,
  • relieve tension
  • reduce muscle pain.
  • and increase circulation, effectively acting as a pump and aiding in the removal of metabolic waste through your system at a faster pace then what the body usually would.

But how can massage help me recover faster after exercise/sport is a question you may ask?

Massage following exercise:

  • can trigger biochemical sensors that send inflammation-reducing signals to the muscles. As muscle tissues will be nutritionally depleted, stimulating blood circulation can help in supplying fresh blood to repair muscle damage and muscle nutritional needs.
  • is capable of activating genes that send signals to muscle to create more mitochondria. What is the importance of building more mitochondria? Mitochondria are the powerhouses of our cells. The more mitochondria our cells have, the more energy we have. They also play a vital role in healing.

The period after hard training or performance causes an accumulation of waste material and possible micro trauma and slight swelling of muscles. Massage following exercise allows athletes to have better rest and recovery, improving the overall quality and effectiveness of such rest periods. Massage after exercise enables athletes to train better at a higher stander and with higher safety.

If you are an athlete and want to discuss your recovery program, I would love to develop a plan that meets your needs. You can get in contact me by email: sharni@physiowest.net.au or by making an appointment below:


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