What is a Sports Massage?

Sports Massage Techniques in Bellaire, TX

Could you benefit from a sports massage? If you think you have to be an athlete to need sports massage therapy, you are mistaken. Though the name implies an athletic clientele, sports massage is helpful in both a sporting and non-sporting context. So, what is a sports massage? Here, we answer that question and share some important information about this type of therapy.

Sports massage is a focused, systematic, deep type of soft tissue mobilization. Using a wide range of massage techniques, a sports massage is tailored to the individual and used to relax the musculoskeletal system and target problem areas. In addition to relieving tension, sports massage breaks down adhesions, mobilizes soft tissue, and reduces pain.

For those involved in a sport, massage can help improve performance while decreasing the chance of injury or pain. However, sports massage can be used in physical therapy settings, to treat conditions that are not sports-related, like carpal tunnel syndrome. Sports massage can have beneficial remedial effects post-surgery, in conjunction with physiotherapy, osteopathy or chiropractic care. Deep tissue massage and sports massage use similar techniques, but the difference between sports massage vs deep tissue massage is that sports massage is typically more focused on particular muscles.

During a sports massage, blood flow is increased, and muscle fibers, fascia tissue, ligaments and tendons are warmed so that they can contract more efficiently, making them less prone to injury. Sports massage also increases lymphatic drainage, which removes toxins from the body, and breaks down adhesions to promote healing. Additionally, tissue elasticity is increased by the manipulations of a massage, including the elasticity of scar tissue, and the massage techniques used promote feelings of relaxation.

Many different benefits of sports massage have been reported, due to the effects mentioned above. These include an increased range of motion of the joints, along with increased flexibility. After a sports massage, clients report a decrease in muscle tension, more relaxed nerves, and decreased muscle spasms. This all adds up to an improved sense of overall well-being, decreased anxiety, and an improved mood, and can result in better sleep.

When you are ready to book a free sports massage session, contact us. At Pledge to Fitness®, we offer a holistic approach to wellness, with personal training, massage therapy, and nutrition coaching to help you reclaim your energy, passion, and motivation in body, mind and spirit. Results of The Pledge System™ are guaranteed, and our team is committed to giving each client the expert care, personal attention, and motivation needed to develop and maintain physical energy and resilience. In addition to crafting a well-rounded wellness plan for you, our coaches craft an individualized program based on your physical condition and goals, designed to meet your needs and work with your budget and availability.

Our skillful coaches and personal trainers are required to hold higher credentials and complete more hours of work with clients than professionals in similar facilities.  As a Pledge, you can use your sessions as you need, with no requirement of purchasing more sessions for massage therapy or nutrition coaching. We guarantee you will get results, and we are committed to helping our clients improve their wellness levels, meet their goals, and build sustainable habits that allow them to keep their results forever. For more information or to book a free session, call 713.405.7420 or contact us through our website.

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