Massage, and stretching both recommended for muscle recovery. But how do they relate to one another, and what works best and when?
Massage is the manipulation of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue. Massage has been shown to: · Promote faster healing of strained muscles
· Reduce swelling and the formation of scar tissue
· Relieve stiffness and tension of muscles
· Help rehabilitate injuries
· Reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue
Stretching works to counteract tightness and tension built up in muscles that have been working. Stretching while moving or holding a stretch increases blood flow and range of motion, which helps joints stay aligned and muscles to move more effectively.
Stretching and massage can work together to keep your muscles flexible and feeling great, this is especially as we age! Daily stretching to the point of feeling a slight strain will increase your flexibility in just a few weeks, and regular massage helps to keep your body relaxed and flexible. Massage can release trigger points and muscles in spasm, making your stretching routine even more effective.