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The removal of waste products is a common benefit gained through sports massage. The removal of waste products is where metabolic wastes within the body are removed through the lymphatic system. A range of techniques are used within a massage to increase the removal of waste products. Increasing the removal of waste products can increase relaxation and decrease pain. Our massage therapists at Physio.co.uk use sports massage to increase the removal of waste products to help increase healing, decrease stress and reduce pain.

What is the removal of waste products?

The removal of waste products is the process in which metabolic wastes are removed from the body through the blood and lymph flow. The lymph flow comes from the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a series of small vessels called lymph vessels. Lymph vessels contain the lymph flow that transports metabolic wastes back into the blood flow. Once transported back to the blood flow, the metabolic wastes are removed from the body through nodes and glands. When the removal of waste products increases, muscles become healthier and fatigue less easily during activity. Pain and the effects of surgery can also be reduced when the removal of waste products is increased. A sports massage stimulates the lymphatic system using long deep strokes to help increase the removal of waste products.

What are the benefits of removal of waste products?

The removal of waste products can benefit a person in many ways. The benefits of the removal of waste products include:

The removal of waste products helps to maintain healthy muscles. When waste products build up within muscles, they can cause the muscle to fatigue and weaken more easily, resulting in increased chances of injuries occurring. When the removal of waste products is increased, the level of metabolic wastes, such as lactic acid, within the muscles is reduced. Reducing the levels of metabolic wastes decreases fatigue and helps muscles to become healthier and stronger. Metabolic wastes are also replaced with oxygen and nutrients provided by the blood flow which further aid in the maintenance of healthy muscles.

Improved recovery is a benefit gained through the removal of waste products. Metabolic wastes that build up around a site of injury can slow down recovery time as they can cause muscles to weaken and fatigue more easily. Metabolic wastes reduce the amount of healthy products essential for the repair of damaged tissues being delivered to the area and can also increase swelling. When the removal of waste products is increased, swelling is reduced and recovery is improved.

The removal of waste products can decrease swelling. Swelling is most commonly the effect given after injury or surgery. Swelling helps to protect a damaged area from further damage but can however increase pain. A build-up of waste products contribute to increased swelling around a site of injury. Where some swelling may be good for an injury, swelling containing waste products can decrease healing and increase pain. When the lymphatic system is stimulated, lymph flow is increased. An increase in lymph flow removes wastes more efficiently from the injury site resulting in a decrease in swelling. Decreasing swelling can also decrease pain.

Customer receiving a calf massage while in a relaxed position in Manchester Physio Clinic

What techniques are used to increase the removal of waste products?

A variety of techniques are used to increase the removal of waste products. Techniques used include:

Effleurage is a technique used to increase the removal of waste products. Effleurage is performed with flattened hands and fingers. Effleurage is where long one directional strokes are used along an area of the body. A firm pressure is used during the long strokes to help the process of increasing muscle temperature. Effleurage is a technique used to prepare the muscles for more intense techniques that are used to get deeper within the muscle tissues. Effleurage encourages an increase in blood flow to increase muscle temperature and so, increase vasodilation. Effleurage can help to decrease tightness, increase blood circulation and increase relaxation.

The removal of waste products is increased through lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle massage that aims to remove waste products from within the body. A build-up of waste products can result in swelling. A common condition treated by lymphatic drainage is lymphedema. Lymphedema is where the lymphatic system gets blocked causing localised swelling. The aim of lymphatic drainage is to stimulate the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system aids in the removal of waste products and toxins from within the body. Stimulating the lymphatic system helps to remove waste products more efficiently and so reduce swelling.

Skin rolling can be used to increase the removal of waste products. Skin rolling is where skin is picked up and rolled between the fingers and thumbs. Skin rolling aims to loosen muscles and fascia to help relieve restriction and decrease pain. Skin rolling is another technique that helps to stimulate the lymphatic system. Stimulation of the lymphatic system increases the removal of waste products. Increasing the removal of waste products through skin rolling helps to decrease muscle fatigue and decrease pain.

Customer receiving a calf massage while in a relaxed position in Manchester Physio Clinic

What situation would the removal of waste products help?

The removal of waste products can help in a variety of situations. Common situations the removal of waste products help include:

The removal of waste products can help reduce the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness, post surgery and acute pain.

The removal of waste products can help reduce delayed onset muscle soreness. Delayed onset muscle soreness is where microscopic tears occur in the muscle due to many reasons such as overuse. Delayed onset muscle soreness can create a feeling of muscular ache and fatigue and can increase pain. Waste products such as lactic acid can contribute to delayed onset muscle soreness. Lactic acid causes muscle to fatigue and weaken, increasing pain and decreasing activity levels. When the lymphatic system is stimulated during a sports massage, the removal of waste products increases. Increasing the removal of waste products helps to remove lactic acid more efficiently and so decreasing muscular fatigue and pain. Decreasing muscular fatigue and pain therefore reduces the effect of delayed onset muscle soreness.

The effects of surgery can be reduced through the removal of waste products. Surgery can leave effects on a person such as pain, swelling and fatigue. After surgery, the lymphatic system can become blocked, restricting the lymph flow. Restriction of lymph flow can result in a build-up of waste products that can cause swelling and increased pain. During a sports massage, the lymphatic system is stimulated. Stimulating the lymphatic system encourages an increase in lymph flow around the damaged area. Increasing lymph flow around the damaged area helps to remove waste products more efficiently. Removing waste products can decrease pain and swelling. Removing waste products more efficiently can also speed up recovery. Waste products can cause muscle to fatigue and weaken, slowing down the healing process. When the removal of waste products is increased, fatigue is reduced and the repair of damaged muscle cells and tissues is increased.

Acute pain can be helped by the removal of waste products. Acute pain can be caused by a variety of reasons. The most common causes of acute pain include injury, surgery and overuse. Waste products built up in the body can increase swelling and decrease healing. When the removal of waste products is increased, swelling is reduced. Swelling can become tender to touch and can often increase pain. When swelling is reduced due to an increase in the removal of waste products, acute pain is also decreased.

Summary

The removal of waste products is where metabolic wastes are removed from the body. Waste products contribute towards muscular fatigue and decrease healing. The removal of waste products has many benefits including maintenance of healthy muscles, improved recovery and decreased swelling. A sports massage uses a variety of techniques including effleurage, lymphatic drainage and skin rolling to help treat delayed onset muscle soreness, post surgery and acute pain. Our massage therapists at Physio.co.uk use sports massage to increase the removal of waste products to help decrease pain and increase healing.

How can I arrange a sports massage to increase the removal of waste products?

The easiest way to arrange a sports to increase the removal of waste products massage at Physio.co.uk is to email us at office@physio.co.uk or call us on 0800 033 7800.

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