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Sports Massage

Sports massage is a much deeper type of massage that targets the deeper structures in the

body such as the fascia and the deeper muscles which are under the superficial muscles. The pressure will be much more intense than swedish massage. Chronic muscle tension will be targeted and the therapist will aim to break the adhesions (muscle knots) down in order to enable the circulation to be more efficient to the area. A sports massage allows tight muscles to be stretched, stimulating inactive muscles and improve soft tissue condition. Many clients have said they feel that they can move more freely after and posture feels like its improved.

There are benefits of having a sports massage which include preventing injury, restoring

mobility to injured muscle tissue, boosting performance, maintaining the body in overall better condition and extending the athletic performance of an individual. Sports massage has been known to have a beneficial effect on the blood pressure and also help the body’s production of serotonin which is the hormone that promotes good feelings and happiness.

The benefits and effects of sports massage include physical effects such as circulating blood and lymphatic fluids as well as stretching muscle tissue and breaking down scar tissue.

There are physiological effects such as reducing pain and relaxing muscles as well as

psychological affects which include helping slower anxiety levels.

Benefits of Sports Massage has been said to:-

• Speed up recovery time and prevents overuse

• Promotes healing

• Can help prevent injury

• Increases the mobility

• May help musculo-skeletal imbalances

• Speeds up toxins and waste products removal

• Relieves pain

• Relieves muscle tension and tension headaches

• Improves flexibility of the muscles

• Reduces muscle spasm

• Inhibits the formation of scar tissue

• Reduces swelling

• Increases the flow of blood to the effective area (erythema)

• Relieves emotional tension and anxiety

• Increases the oxygen and nutrients supply to the soft tissue

• Stretches soft tissue and the muscles

• Stimulates the spinal nerves and the nervous system

Many doctors recommend having a sports massage regularly participate in exercise or

sport regular treatments to help prevent injuries from happening, also to help chronic pain or injuries that have occurred.

Before a workout or sporting event a sports massage has been said to:

• Provide a faster delivery of nutrients and removal of waste helps performance and


• Calms and reduces stress helping athlete to focus on the event

• Stimulates, invigorates, prepares

• Placebo effect can give more confidence to perform

• Confidence in the therapist abilities –help performance

• Injury prevention- increased circulation warms the muscles and lubricates the joints

• Stretching ROM and improves elasticity (longitudinal – stretches, transverses separates


After a sporting event, or exercise work out, sports massage benefits include:

• Helps to remove build-up of lactic acid

• Therapeutic and aids recovery

• Relaxes/calms after competition

• Reduces main due to release of endorphins

• Stretches and re-aligns muscles

• Delivery of nutrients and removal of waste will aid recovery and improve muscles fatigue

• Delivery should be slow and thorough, treating the mind as well as the body

• May identify injuries that have occur – leave for 48 hours

• Helps to induce relaxation / sleep after training

• Helps to improve tissue elasticity after training (fibres become fibrotic and inelastic.)