For many, the idea of getting a massage is to help their muscles loosen a bit. However, most can benefit from a massage, especially those injured in a car or work accident, sports athletes, or those looking to reduce stress, are among the most common groups of people who seek our massage therapy.
At Exceptional Chiropractic in Ham Lake, MN we offer massage for athletes of all levels, as well as other types of massage including Swedish, deep tissue, and more. The type of massage used is an individualized decision based on each person’s individual needs, and our assessments can also help identify whether massage alone is the best treatment option for you, or whether you might want to consider chiropractic treatment as well. In the end, the choice is always yours.
Sports Massage Benefits Beyond Loosening Up
There are many reasons why the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) advocated for athletes to receive massages. Some of the benefits include
- Increased performance
- Reduced pain
- Improved focus
- More efficient recovery
These benefits happen because of both a mechanical response in the body that is related to the amount of pressure and movement the masseuse uses as part of the massage. But reflexes are affected too, as nerves react to the massage.
How Massage Effects Physiological System
A big reason why many participate in sports and exercise programs is to improve or maintain their overall physiological health, including their cardiovascular system and circulation. Massage plays an important role in this process. Massage encourages proper blood flow as well as proper delivery of nutrients and oxygen to all areas of the body, including the heart.
With better circulation, muscle tension is reduced as well as your level of soreness and even resting heart rate, which may actually increase sports performance long term, and your overall health. Having relaxed muscles may also mean improved range of motion and flexibility.
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In addition to physical benefits, a massage also helps release stress, tension, and anxiety, and can even bring about increases in “feel good” hormones, including dopamine and serotonin while reducing stress triggered cortisol levels. Massage can be tailored to your specific needs, and we offer 30, 60, and 90 minute sessions. Please click on our booking button below, and then click on Massage Therapist for pricing and booking options.We look forward to helping you live better!