What is a Sports Massage?

September 2, 2015

Sports massage is an effective and beneficial form of physical therapy for a range of people; those who are physically active, those who may have had a soft tissue injury, those seeking relief from muscle tension and those who would like to maintain healthy muscles - so that's everyone!

 

Other benefits include:

  • Pain relief 

  • Decreases DOMS (delayed onset muscle sorness) post exercise

  • Improves blood flow

  • Improves flexibility and range of movement  

  • Removal of toxins from the body injury prevention posture correction 

  • Reduces swelling

  • Drains lymph

  • Speeds up recovery from injury

  • Reduces cramping

  • Well-being

 

Sports massage involves manipulating the soft tissues of the body and isolating individual muscle groups. Specific techniques such as stroking, kneading, compression, tapotement, frictions and vibrations are used.

 

During a Sports Massage your therapist will focus in on your problem area, and may ask you participate through movement of limbs, application pressure or resisiting pressure - it's an interactive treatment. 

A good therpist will be talking to you throughout your treatment, to gain insights into your injury and ask how you feel you're responding to various techniques. It also creates a sense of trust and reassurance for you the client.

 

If you've never had a sports massage before, it is important to bear in mind that you may ache for 24 - 48 hours post treatment and any strenuous physical activity should be avoided.

 

Checkout my next post - do I have to be sporty to have a sports massage?

 

 

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