If you play sports or do some sort of physical activity such as manual labour, you probably end up with a lot of different aches and pains. There is delayed onset muscle soreness, general soreness, and then actual injuries that might occur. Many people who play these sports often end up taking a lot of medication or quitting their sports altogether. However, there are some other options out there. If you consider sports massage, you might increase your flexibility or reduce your pain, all without using medication.
- When an osteopath provides pressure to nerves they can stimulate and neutralise different nerves. That can reduce pain in certain places.
- Furthermore, a massage creates pressure deep in the muscles. That pressure can increase the amount of blood flowing to different parts of your body.
- Blood brings nutrients and endorphins. It also helps sweep away lactic acid and damaged tissue.
If done properly, sports massage can often help you speed up your recovery. Delayed onset muscle soreness, for example, occurs after working out and is caused by lactic acid buildup and tears to your muscles. Massage helps to increase blood flow which will bring nutrients to heal the muscles. The massage can also break up some built up lactic acid that will then be swept away. Lactic acid is a byproduct of exercise and one of the causes of pain. Osteopaths can help you with that and many more problems that arise from exercise.