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Sports massage – not just for elite athletes

Massage Therapy - Gold Coast - Brisbane - Sports-massage

Often when reading the newspaper or watching the news on television, we see images of an elite athlete undergoing a rigorous sports massage. Widely reported to treat injury or muscle tension in athletes, you may not know that sports massage is also available to us ordinary people as well.

Sports massage at Optimal Body is a specialised form of massage that is specifically tailored to sporting injuries or ailments. It is not meant to be a relaxing massage and, indeed, can become quite vigorous at times as it is designed to increase endurance and performance.

Sports massage is not only beneficial to professional sportspeople or people that exercise heavily, but to anyone that exercises, even if it is only mild exercise such as regular walking.

How it works is by relieving and reducing the stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissues when we exercise. Regular sports massage also prevents injuries associated with exercise or in the event of injury, reduces the recovery time.

Some of the other benefits associated with an Optimal Body sports massage include:

  • draining away fatigue
  • relieving swelling
  • reducing muscle tension
  • promoting flexibility
  • injuries that occur as a result of overexertion or overuse
  • relieving pain
  • preventing injuries
  • improving heart rate and blood pressure
  • increasing blood circulation and lymph flow
  • treating injuries such as shin splints, tennis elbows, sprains and strains, corked thighs etc

Those of us that are weekend warriors rather than elite athletes can benefit from the broad range of issues that sports massage can treat.

If you would like your muscles to operate at peak performance, whether on your next long walk or your next marathon, contact an Optimal Body clinic at Springwood 0401 114 040 or Southport on the Gold Coast 0468 416 800 to book an appointment with one of our fully qualified sports massage therapists.