With summer officially upon us in middle Tennessee, most people are gearing up for their summer sports and activities and spending a lot more time outdoors and active than they do throughout the rest of the year. Swimming, hiking, waterskiing, tennis, golf and more are all extremely popular activities this time of year—and while it is great that people are more active during the summertime, it can also result in stress, tension, and soreness in muscles that are not used quite so strenuously the rest of the year.
When stress, tension, or soreness do occur—or if you are interested in preventing them from occurring in the first place—a sports massage may be just what you need. Sports massage is a type of massage structured specifically with strenuous physical activity in mind, and can be done before an activity or event—to increase flexibility and blood flow and prevent injury—or after it—to reduce soreness and tension caused by use or overuse.
When done before an activity, a sports massage can be instrumental in making sure that the muscles are prepared. If it is an activity you have not done in a while, your massage therapist can target the specific muscles groups that will be used and make sure they are flexible and free of major knots or problem areas. And when done after an activity, sports massage can greatly reduce the recovery time and amount of soreness that can come along with summer fun. Most people have had the unfortunate experience of working out after a long period of dormancy and having to deal with multiple days of tension and pain as a result. A sports massage can aid your body’s natural recovery process by bringing relief and increased blood flow directly to the effected areas and allowing your body to rid itself of tension more quickly.
Sports massage is usually not sufficient to treat a sports-related injury; although, technically, muscle strain is a sports-related injury and addressing it is generally the purpose of sports massage. Whether sports massage can help with your specific injury will depend on the injury and should be discussed with your massage therapist and your doctor.
At Elements Massage Franklin, our massage therapists who are qualified and trained in sports massage will be able to help you determine how to best prevent and treat soreness and tension for all your summer activities. To schedule an appointment or to learn more, give us a call at (615) 771-0003 or visit our website at www.elementsmassage.com/franklin