Summer is coming!

Summer is coming!

Tennis, soccer, cycling, hiking, marathons…what’s on your activity list?

On top of optimizing range of motion and promoting circulation to facilitate muscle health, massage therapy has a myriad of benefits for your active lifestyle. Here are a few:

1.)   Decrease post exercise muscle inflammation and promote muscle recovery

Research has found positive results that massage post-exercise can decrease resulting delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and can also:

  • Reduce inflammation in muscle tissues
  • Increase the number of cellular mitochondria (ie. the energy production machines) within cells, which can aid in muscle revitalization

2.)   Ameliorate pain experienced in sports injury

Massage is known to increase endorphins (the body’s natural pain-killers) and research has found that along with an appropriate strengthening and stretching program, biomechanical adjustment, and postural education, massage therapy can:

  • Decrease pain in commonly injured areas such as the lower back and anterior knee
  • Promote return of function from injury
  • Prolong length of pain-free activity prior to onset of discomfort in the rehabilitation process
  • Improves athlete’s perception of recovery

3.)   Help enhance muscle strength

Research has shown supporting results that pre-event massage therapy can help enhance muscle performance during event and decrease perceived soreness throughout, resulting in a heightened athletic performance

4.)   Promote positive psychology

Studies have found that pre-event massage therapy can help to:

  • Decrease cortisol (stress hormone) levels
  • Lower anxiety experienced and improve mood
  • It is hypothesized that one’s mood can enhance performance

Take hold of summer and enjoy the sun, live actively and include massage therapy in your wellness routine. Book today with Mira Zhang, RMT at (604)-974-8999 or online at www.theiv.ca