Benefits of Sports Massage – Lancaster, CA


Sports massage therapy is suitable not just for regular athletes, but for a wide variety of people from world-class professionals to weekend joggers who want to prevent or recover from a soft tissue injury. Sports massage therapy is the manipulation, management and rehabilitation of soft tissues within the body as related specifically to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. It’s aim is to alleviate tension in the musculoskeletal system as a whole, which eventually translates to increased power, endurance, strength, and the ability for a muscle to generate torque……all necessary for athletes to step up their game to the next level!

Getting a sports massage has numerous benefits physiologically, and psychologically. Sports massage techniques work by manually manipulating the muscles, fascia,and tendons to reduce muscle pain and strains. It breaks down scar tissue by using both active and passive stretching it is able to reduce muscle tone. Many muscles like your quadriceps are made up of several muscles and by examining and treating them individually you can restore and balance muscular imbalances.

mass3Circulation is another benefit of a sports massage. Using techniques like effleurage and petrissage can improve circulation and lymphatic function. Through increasing the lymph drainage it is possible to reduce swelling to the joint and muscles. As a result of an increase blood supply a sports massage is able to increase the oxygen uptake and removable of harmful biproducts that might build up in the muscle.

Sports massage can also help prevent injuries by using a combination of stretches and massage techniques. It increases the range of movement and flexibility mass2within the muscles. Decreasing the tone and improving the quality of muscles not only aids in recovery and injury, but will work also elevate the time period before a muscle fatigues.

Psychologically a sports massage can reduce anxiety, tension, and stress and promotes relaxation by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Massage will increase dopamine and serotonin levels and a reduce cortisol levels,  which is directly linked to stress. This encourages focus, which, of course, is a good thing to have before going into any sport, group exercise class or competition.

mass4If you are an athlete and would like the experience the benefits of deep tissue massage, do not hesitate to call me at (661) 942-5000.

Cynthia Estrella, Massage Therapist
Performance Chiropractic
1055 West Columbia Way, Suite 106
Lancaster, CA 93534