Male therapist giving leg massage to athlete patient on the bed in clinic for sports physi

SPORTS MASSAGE

Sports massage is a treatment involving manipulation and mobilisation of the soft tissues of the body.  Many different movements and techniques are used which include effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic striking), friction, compression, gliding, percussion, trigger point release and vibration to name a few.  

The physical and psychological benefits of sports massage are for everyone and not just sports people, which include:

  • Increased flexibility and joint range of movement​​

  • Decreased muscle tension 

  • Aids recovery from sport and physical activity

  • Relieves muscular pain and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)

  • Helps prevent injury

  • Improves overall wellbeing through reducing stress and releasing endorphins

  • Helps relaxation which can result in an improvement in sleep

  • Supports functional, pain-free everyday movement as well as athletic performance

The physiological benefits of sports massage for athletes and sports people are as a result of increased blood flow to the muscle tissue, which helps improve the delivery of nutrients and oxygen.  Sports massage also increases lymph flow, which enhances the removal of waste products and toxins from the muscles leading to reduced inflammation and promotion of muscle healing and function.  It can also help prevent injury by breaking down adhesions and scar tissue which can form over time as a result of repetition or from old injuries.  

Research shows that athletes receiving regular sports massage perceive they are less fatigued and recover faster from training and sport along with other benefits such as improved mood and better sleep.  

Our skilled and experienced Sports Massage Therapist Jack is a Graduate Sports Therapist so can also offer advice and exercises to maintain the effects of treatment and further reduce the risk of injury.  

Please contact the clinic if you would like more information.