|Posted on September 3, 2015 at 7:55 PM|
We have decided to make the time for the gym. We sweat it out on the cardio machines and pump out our favorite weight training exercises. As goals start to be met, we have to remember the full effects of training on our bodies and how to keep things in check so that we get the most out of our workouts. We need to prevent overtraining and injury.
Overtraining is "A general term for any practice of, or training for, a particular sport which is in excess of that necessary to effectively participate in the sport. Overtraining increases the physical stress on specific parts of the musculoskeletal system, and increases the risk of injury" as defined by the medical-dictionary. When we work out, our bodies produces metabolic waste products that cannot be rid of quickly. This along with tissue breakdown is what causes soreness and muscle fatigue.
Massage therapy is a hands on technique that can help rid the body of waste products while not contracting the muscle. In addition to the waste products being pushed out, massage therapy also brings in oxygenated blood and nutrients to help heal the tissues from your favorite workouts. This increases the healing process so you can recover quicker from your favorite workouts. Athletes, fitness participants and others engaged in strenuous physical activity will also benefit from integrated manual therapy such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, lymphatic drainage and deep transverse friction to keep muscle and surrounding soft tissue mobile and free from adhesions. Receiving a massage in between workouts will not only reduce recovery time but also increase force production for those that enjoy lifting.
We need to keep working out and pushing our bodies to their potential, but reward your body with a regular massage. Recover faster, push harder, reduce your chance of injury and keep those muscles balanced for your best workout yet!