Massage helps you stay on top of your game
Ask any athlete to give you their priorities for down time and it will be recovery every time. Recovery encompasses multiple factors, from nutrition to stretching to muscle regrowth and injury recovery. As Westwood’s musculoskeletal specialists, we have years of experience working with athletes to create individualized plans that help them get the most out of their bodies. Our goal is to keep the body balanced, so that you can maintain a consistently high level of performance and avoid injury. But this is far from easy; let’s take a look at how physical activity strains the body and how massage can help undo this stress.
Working your body to its breaking point
Physical activity involves straining your body for a prolonged period of time. When this stress reaches a breaking point, your body begins to protect itself by tightening and you naturally lose mobility. If you keep pushing from here, you can cause injury. In order to sustain peak performance, we need to keep your muscles and joints mobile- massage is one of the modalities that lets us do that. Massage benefits the athlete in the following ways:
- Increases pliability of muscles
- Relieves tightness and muscle spasm
- Increases circulation, moving oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the muscles for healing.
- Increase mobility of the joints
- Reduces stress by promoting physical well being.
Massage offers an immense tool for athletes looking to keep their bodies ahead of injury. If you are interested in adding sports massage into your arsenal, give our office in Westwood a call to schedule an appointment today.