How Athletes Use Massage to Recover
For many years now, massage has been an important part of the toolkit athletes rely on to recover faster and perform better.
Massage can do this by:
- Reducing muscular tension
- Reducing immediate muscle soreness
- Helping to prevent delayed onset muscle soreness
- Helping to prevent injury
- Promoting a state of relaxation
- Relieving increased muscle tone
When is massage most effective?
If you decide to have a massage pretty soon after the event (up to 24 hours), the most useful massage is on the lighter side, such as a Swedish massage. This type of massage helps to calm your nervous system after an intense workout, and helps to kickstart the recovery process.
After the 24 hour mark, a deep tissue massage is usually better, and it can help reduce the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness.
Athletes are obviously at a bigger risk of injury due to overuse. Massage therapy is a great way to speed up the recovery of injuries. By manipulating the tissue in the injured area, massage therapy fulfills two important functions:
- It increases circulation to that area, which promotes faster healing
- It can break up old scar tissue, giving athletes better mobility and resolving chronic problems with old injuries
If you’re an athlete and you’ve never tried out massage therapy as a way to speed up recovery from your workouts, you really owe it to yourself to give it a try.
The new Myobuddy Massager Pro and Pro+ feature adjustable strength levels, and unlike other personal massages, have no hard nobs. Instead, a vibrating, oscillating padded disk with three layers of foam and a plush microfiber bonnet delivers optimum levels of vibration, percussion, and frictional heat to help you recover faster and perform better!