Massage is a popular form of therapy that has been used for centuries to reduce stress, improve circulation, and promote relaxation. In recent years, massage has also been used to help athletes improve their performance, recover from exercise and competition, and treat sports-related musculoskeletal injuries. Research has shown that massage can reduce stress and increase relaxation. It can also reduce muscle pain and tension, lower heart rate and blood pressure, and help with overall well-being.
Massage therapists use their touch to manipulate muscles and other soft tissues in the body to relieve pain, heal injuries, and improve circulation. Massage has been found to be beneficial in the psychological preparation of athletes. It can help athletes focus on their performance and reduce anxiety before a competition. Massage can also help improve sports performance by increasing flexibility, range of motion, and muscle strength.
It can also help athletes recover from exercise and competition by reducing fatigue and improving recovery time. Massage has also been found to be beneficial in the treatment of sports-related musculoskeletal injuries. It can help reduce pain associated with late-onset muscle pain, as well as improve the healing process of injuries. Massage therapists often collaborate with other professionals such as chiropractors, doctors, psychologists, and physical therapists to help with treatments.Despite the prevalence of low back pain, research has not yet identified the role of massage in the treatment of sports-related back injuries.
However, additional research is needed to identify the role of massage in an athlete's fatigue profile.