There are many reasons why athletes and those involved with professional or amateur sports rely on the services of an RMT or a health care provider to gain the benefits of such practices as registered massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic therapy, acupuncture, orthopedics, kinesiology and a range of other branches of medicine and alternative treatments. Sports massage therapy is not something limited to professional or amateur sportsmen or sportswomen. Virtually anyone suffering from pain or mobility issues, such as muscle or joint pain or even discomfort along the vertebral column, can reap the benefits of massage therapy and a range of other techniques that can help improve quality of life for both humans and animals, plus strengthen posture, increase mobility and alleviate pain.
Sports massage therapy and sports injuries seem to go hand in hand. However, it is worth noting that, although widely beneficial, these techniques are only supportive measures that can aid the healing process, help manage pain or assist the patient in their rehabilitation process but should not under any circumstances replace medical treatment. Massage therapy typically stimulates muscle regeneration and blood circulation and reduces blood pressure, heart rate and pain. Some professionals even claim that sports massage therapy can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and release endorphins and serotonin into the body, although these theories have a little scientific backup.
In any case, injuries of all types are not only frequent in amateur as well as professional sports but are also observed in people that typically might not engage in a lot of physical activity. In other words, everyone might, at some point in their life, be in need of or benefit from consulting a professional massage therapist, a chiropractor or a kinesiologist. For example, it is estimated that over 90% of the population will during their lifetime suffer from back pain or joint pain and this does not only apply to the elderly. There is an endless amount of causes for back pain, among them nerve, muscle, bone, joint or spinal issues. Back pain is also thought to be one of the leading causes of disability in the world. If you are not sure whether you can benefit from Sports massage therapy, book an appointment with one of our RMTs at Davie Village Registered Massage Therapy or contact us for more info.