My town of residence, Reno, Nevada, was recently named the 2nd fittest city in the nation! Congratulations, Reno!
With the arrival of spring in Reno/Tahoe comes training for athletic events, such as marathons, cycling events, and triathlons. Sports massage is an important part of an overall wellness routine designed specifically for athletes.
Sports massage improves athletic performance, reduces pain due to overuse, prevents injury, and shortens recovery time. You may not realize it, but massage therapy affects the cardiovascular system. It dilates blood vessels, which helps them work more efficiently to promote circulation to the muscles and connective tissue. The assistance of encouraging blood flow back to the heart enhances blood flow, which delivers fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissue and promotes the removal of waste products that build up in the muscles, such as lactic acid.
This increased and enhanced blood flow helps to relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness, and shortens recovery time. Then, the relaxed muscles experience an increase in range of motion and flexibility. Both of these benefits lead to enhanced athletic performance.
If you are an athlete looking for a qualified sports massage therapist, be sure to look for a licensed massage therapist with the designation, "LMT" after their name and their license number posted on any marketing materials. The best way to find a qualified therapist is to ask others who participate in your sporting activity. Word-of-mouth recommendations are typically the best referrals.
Used as a preventative measure or to address pain and assist in recovery, sports massage is an essential weapon in your training arsenal. Massage therapy has the added bonus of helping you feel relaxed and feel physically and psychologically better, benefits that even the non-athlete enjoys.
Darcy Blaine, LMT (NVMT# 7593)