People have used the ancient art of massage for thousands of years to relax their minds and bodies. Massage is well known for having a positive effect on your emotional, physical and physiological wellbeing. But did you know that massage also aids with recovery from injuries and also help you to prevent further injuries in the future? Let’s take a look at how.
Sometimes when we exercise, we get a build up of lactic acid in our muscles. This can be very painful and can result in your muscles feeling sore and tired. Getting regular massages can help with muscle flexibility and increases your blood flow – this helps to eliminate the lactic acid build up and enables your muscles to be ready for exercise again.
When you have a massage the long, stroking movements help move the flow of nutrients through your body and this helps to heal any injuries that have occurred.
As massage increases the blood flow within the body, this helps to spread the nutrients around and wash away the toxins that have built up on your muscles. Without the toxins hindering them, your muscles become stronger and more agile. This can prevent injury and aid with recovery.
When you have a massage, your muscle fibres are stretched – this helps to promote and maintain muscle flexibility. But why is having muscle flexibility so important? Lack of muscle flexibility means that you are more susceptible to injuring your muscles through pulls and tears. Lack of flexibility in your muscles often means that the blood flow through them is poor, meaning that they can often be painful.
Sleep is a vital part of the injury recovery process. When you get a massage, it relaxes your mind as well as your body. The night after a massage, many experience a deep sleep and wake up in the morning feeling refreshed. When you have a good night’s sleep, your body has the chance to heal itself and recover from any injuries. Getting better sleep also helps with preventing future injuries as it makes you more alert during the day.
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