In society today there is a big push for people to get off the couch and exercise. But what a lot of people don’t think through is both the positive and negative effects of exercise. Exercise is amazing for weight loss, increasing circulation, keeping joints and muscles healthy and strong and adding energy to your daily life. But done wrong, or even excessively, can put a lot of wear and tear on the muscles, and strain on the joints.
There are a lot of toxins floating around in the body. These toxins include, but aren’t limited to, lactic acid, and carbon dioxide. More often than not, these toxins become trapped in the muscles due to stress and overuse. Exercise helps to release these toxins. The toxins leave the muscles and, if you are properly hydrated, enter the blood stream to be taken to the kidneys, and excreted out of the body. A lot of the time the toxins can’t be pushed into the blood stream because most people aren’t properly hydrated, and they don’t stretch after working out. So the toxins hover over the muscles, eventually settling back down, leaving you feeling sore and tight.
Sports Massage is geared for the physically active.It specializes in opening the muscles, relieving strain on the joints, decreasing tension, and increasing speed, flexibility, and endurance. Adding Sports Massage into your exercise routine will decrease down time between workouts, and help you get the most out of each exercise!As you start a new exercise plan, or start training for an event, your muscles go through a shock period. Meaning, they are trying to do things that they aren’t used to doing, so they tighten up as they try to work through the sudden release of the toxins we talked about earlier.
Sports Massage incorporates friction, kneading, stretching, and PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation). PNF works with the nerves that innervate specific muscles to relax those muscles and heal the damaged tissue. Specially trained massage therapists release the tension brought on by exercise to decrease the chance of injury, release cramps and strains, and keep the muscles open so that they can perform optimally. Times vary from 10 minutes to an hour, based on the person and the type of activity performed.
An entire treatment plan is not necessary in order to incorporate Layton Sports Massage into your regular workout routine. It is particularly helpful if you find yourself struggling with certain issues, for example shin splints, muscle cramping, or decreased range of motion. If you find yourself unable to exercise as well as you would hope integrating massage is an excellent way to boost your workout, and help your body transition easier. Treatment plans vary based on person.
Here at The Rejuvenation Center, we have a trained and licensed Massage Therapist on site, ready to help you get the most out of your workout. We are able to educate you on different stretches and exercises that you can do to reduce the strain on your muscles and joints, as well as give you information on nutrition and different exercise routines, making it easier for you to stay active, and keep your health and wellness goals. Call us today at (801) 305-3608 to schedule your appointment.