The benefits of a sports massage

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Massage is known for its ability to assist the mind, but what is a sports massage?

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SMT (Sports Massage Therapy) is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle, applying a range of movements to treat/prevent injuries dealing with the health of the muscle, connective tissue and quality of posture.

Some of these benefits include:

Relieves Stress

SMT is an ideal way to relieve everyday stress in a healthy manner, stress that could be caused from personal demands such as work or home.

Unrelieved stress has the potential to do major damage to mental and physical health; an estimated 60-80% of doctors’ office visits are stress-related as noted in a 2003 study in the Journal of the National Medical Association.

Increases Performance

Pain is a signal that something is wrong, so that will have to be dealt with.

SMT alleviates muscular pain, whether caused by overwork or injury, for example: if an athlete is in pain, he/she will not be able to hit their goals.

The less pain that is felt, the better the lifter will perform.

Increases Mobility

Scar tissue forms when an area of the body is injured and heals.

Although the most common scars are those that result from a visible cut, sometimes they occur deeper in the body, such as when muscles, ligaments and tendons are damaged.

It is this type of scarring SMT can help resolve, promoting a greater range of motion - making every day activities such as training effective.