Athletes regularly use therapeutic massage as an ongoing preventive therapy and to help speed recovery from injury. Here’s how therapeutic massage can help your young athlete:
Therapeutic massages improve blood circulation which enable pain-causing inflammation to decrease. This helps reduce the occurrence of sore muscles that occur due to repetitive motion.
Regular therapeutic massage reduces tension and increases flexibility in muscles, which leads to faster recoveries from training and injuries. Massage also helps keep joints and ligaments strong, which helps increase range of motion and prevent future injuries.
Massage therapy has been shown to enhance the body’s ability to convert nutrients into energy. Athletes with more available energy can perform at a higher level.
For more information on recovery services at Allegheny Health Network, visit AHN.org/SportsPerformance.