Sports Massage

What is sports massage?


Contrary to popular belief you don’t need to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage just as you don’t need to be Swedish to get a Swedish massage. The term sports massage originated to label a type of massage that focuses on helping people prepare themselves for, and recover from, sporting activities. It is a type of therapy which specifically focuses on the muscles and tendons in an effort to prevent and treat injuries.

Sports massage is also a beneficial treatment for people who have chronic pain, restricted range of motion or have injured themselves.

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Sports massage can help to:

  • improve performance
  • reduce spasm
  • promote healing
  • remove waste
  • keep muscles healthy
  • improve movement range
  • relieve pain
  • improve recovery
  • prevent injury

A session of sports massage may include a number of treatment therapies including, but not limited to, some of the following treatments, listed below.

Trigger Point Therapy


Trigger Point Therapy

Muscles work by expanding and contracting; lengthening and shortening like pumps. A trigger point occurs when parts of the muscle (the sarcomere) get overly stimulated and cause a tightening of several of the bands within the muscle. These bands are unable to release from their contracted state and can be felt as lumps or nodules. As a result, the blood flow to the area is cut off and the surrounding area is starved of oxygen and waste material builds up. This can cause irritation to the trigger point.

 Trigger points can either be painful on touch and/or cause referred pain to other areas of the body. Trigger points can restrict the muscles range of motion, keeps them tight and leaves them weaker.

 The position of a trigger point that is causing referred pain can be tricky to locate but a good therapist will have an understanding of typical patterns and be able to isolate the correct trigger point.

 Without proper treatment trigger points will not release and, if they are causing pain, will only get worse as you actively stop using the affected muscle thus keeping the muscle in a contracted state.

 The most effective treatment for trigger points is a deep massages strokes directly to the affected area. Whilst this can be done on a self-help basis the isolation of the correct trigger point can often require an experienced professional

Deep Tissue Massage


Similar to what is known as Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage works by the therapist applying a deep pressure to alleviate chronic muscle tension. The focus of the treatment is on muscles, tendons and the protective layer (known as fascia) surrounding joints and bones.

 Deep tissue massage can also help to break down scar tissue within the body and increase range of motion that has been restricted following injury.

 Massage has also been shown to boost the body’s levels of oxytocin and serotonin which helps stimulate relaxation and mood whilst reducing feelings of stress.

Myofascial Release


Trigger Point Therapy

Myofascial release (or MFR) is a treatment for skeletal muscular pain and works to relax and stretch muscles that are contracted as well as improve lymphatic and blood circulation.

 The therapy gets its name from the connective tissues that surround the bones, muscles and joints in our bodies.

Kinesio Taping


Used to both help prevent and treat injuries, the Kinesio® Taping Method uses the cutting edge technology offered by Kinesio® Tex Tape to treat a range of neuromuscular, orthopedic and neurological medical conditions. Taping has long been established as both an effective way of supporting muscles and joints as well as lifting skin tissue to assist with the body’s lymphatic drainage system around the site of inflamed areas. The Kinesio® Tex system has been specially designed for clinical use and requires the knowledge of a trained specialist in order to maximise the benefits available. An initial assessment will assess for underlying medical conditions as well as manual muscle testing, gait and range of motion assessment in addition to any specialist testing that may be required.

The system comes in a range of shapes that are tailored during the appointment to each individual.