Neck cranks, arm bars, triangle chokes, ankle locks, and more... The damage done to the body whether you’re giving or receiving is inevitable. How you handle it, and how you repair damage done to the body, is up to you. Muscle soreness and damage are side effects that come with the territory when training for mixed martial arts. No matter how much you warm up or stretch your body, you are more than likely to experience stiffness in your body from time to time. Dealing with that pain is very important because it can be the start of a serious injury or hamper your improvement during your training sessions. Therapeutic massage is one of the many ways to help your body cope with soreness associated to muscle pain.
Some massage may not have immediate health effects. These deep tissue massages release fluids and tension within deep muscles. The effects are normally delayed, but the next day the general overall feeling is vastly improved. Other benefits include…
Improved circulation and general nutrition of muscles. This appears to be the most valuable fitness-related benefit. Massage is accompanied or followed by an increase interchange of substances between the blood and the tissue cells, which increases tissue metabolism. Massage maximizes the supply of nutrients and oxygen though increased blood flow, which helps the body rebuild itself.
Improved range of motion and muscle flexibility. This results in increased power and performance, which helps you work efficiently and with proper intensity to facilitate the body’s muscle-building response.
Helps shorten recovery time between workouts. Waste products such as lactic and carbonic acid build up in muscles after exercise. Increased circulation to these muscles helps to eliminate toxic debris and shorten recovery time.
Can help prevent over-training. Massage has a relaxing effect on the muscles, as well as a sedative effect on the nervous system. This can prevent over-training syndrome, which has a limiting effect on muscle building.
Helps prevent and even heal injuries. By stretching connective tissue, massage improves circulation to help prevent or break down adhesions. Massage also influences the excretion of certain fluids (nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur) necessary for tissue repair.