What is considered a sport? Certainly tennis, skiing, soccer and running. But what about walking, cleaning, or working on the computer? While you might not win an Olympic medal for the latter activities, they can all stress your body just as a sport does. If you are feeling pain or discomfort from any specific activity, a sports massage might be the best choice for you.
Sports massage is different from a relaxing swedish massage for several reasons:
- A relaxation massage does not target specific muscles while the sports massage focuses on muscles and muscle groups that have been stressed and overused.
- Sports massage focuses on goals such as flushing metabolic waste and improving circulation, stretching and improving range of motion, and breaking up muscle-fiber adhesions and scar tissue.
- A sports massage therapist is trained to know which muscles are involved with various sports and activities.
Even if you don’t consider yourself an athlete, sports massage might be the right choice for you.