Sports massage has the potential with regular use to help the sports person sustain high levels of performance without getting injured. It is used to increase removal of lactic acid after heavy periods of training, or those long runs, thus decreasing DOMS.
A good Therapist can pick up tense and problem areas in the tissue before they become problematic and can help identify the possibility of a training fault.
Early treatment can prevent this becoming an injury.
After a period of hard training or performance there will be an accumulation of waste material and possibly some micro trauma, with slight swelling in the muscle.
Sports massage is beneficial by stimulating the blood circulation through the area. The waste is removed more quickly thus speeding up the recovery process.
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