How post-event massage can help athletes recover
June 20, 2022

The purpose of a post-event massage is to aid the recovery process after intensive training or competition.

Following an event, massage can help the body flush out waste products and decrease inflammation, allowing a faster recovery and a quicker return to training. 

By reducing inflammation in the muscles, a post-event massage increases the body’s rate of recovery. In addition, post-event massages are designed to increase vascular and lymphatic activity, assisting the body’s natural removal of waste products after exercise, including lactic acid. Exercise causes muscles to produce lactic acid, which contributes to delayed onset muscle soreness, fatigue, and stiffness.

By using a variety of techniques, post-event massage can aid recovery from activity.

What are the benefits of post event massage for athletes?

Massage post event has many benefits. The benefits of massage post event include:

  • Decreased pain
  • Improved recovery
  • Reduced chance of injury
  • Reduced and delayed muscle onset soreness

An after-event massage reduces inflammation, the result of microscopic tearing of muscle fibers. Tearing can be associated with inflammation in the muscle which produces pain. Post event massage uses a range of massage techniques to allow for a quicker recovery and a faster return to training without soreness or stiffness.

Post event massage is also beneficial to improving recovery.Post event massage helps improve recovery by flushing out waste products and increasing the repair of damaged cells in the muscles.

What types of massages are typically used?

An intensive exercise massage can be performed within 30 minutes to 48 hours after the event. 

Common techniques used post event include:

  • Effleurage
  • Kneading
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Rolling
  • Myofascial release

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