People who are engaged in strenuous, physical activity benefit from massage therapy. It's not enough to simply stretch the muscle and engage it, people should also consider how their body's will cool down and help muscles relax after exertion. According to some, the act of exercising causes a lactic acid build up, which can lead to muscle damage. A massage helps the muscle decrease it's stores of lactic acid. Massages can also help spread oxygenated blood and restorative chemicals through the body. In turn, this helps the body recover from a workout faster.
- massage increases the blood flow and oxygen in the muscles and decreases the lactic acid build-up, and the onset of muscle soreness.
- Massage therapists can release trigger points and nerve entrapments, as well as restore fascial matrix flexibility and realign muscle fibers with myofascial release
- Regular massage therapy is a great way to monitor [the body] and address immediately any issues that arise before they become something bigger and more difficult to treat.
"For people who tend to exercise a lot, massages are excellent for both preventing and treating injuries. While sometimes working out those knots can cause a little soreness the next day, massage increases the blood flow and oxygen in the muscles and decreases the lactic acid build-up, and the onset of muscle soreness."