Sports massage is one treatment method for some sports injuries. It is growing in popularity with the many benefits that it can offer for issues like shin splints, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, hamstring strains and others.
Sports massage can actually be used before an injury occurs, as a preventative measure. A proper massage therapist can identify areas of the body that have muscle tightness, scar tissue and other issues and can target those areas. It can help to relax muscles, to increase stretching and to work through issues.
Before having sports massages, however, it’s important to make sure that you are suitable for this treatment. It is possible that a massage can exacerbate an injury and cause damage to the athlete’s health. It’s certainly important to consult with a physician before making plans for sports massage treatment or for any other treatment method.