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Sports Massage

Sports massage is based on Swedish massage, a technique that uses the application of pressure to manipulate soft tissue. Swedish massage was developed in the 1700s by Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish physiologist and fencing master, and involves the use of gliding strokes, kneading movements, circular pressure of the hand and fingers, vibratory movements, brisk tapping and bending and stretching.

Sports massage incorporates all of these Swedish massage movements, together with additional intensive techniques that are specifically designed to prevent and treat sports injuries.

How does it work?

Sports massage aims to improve the suppleness and flexibility of muscles and joints, improve blood circulation, speed up the healing of damaged or stressed muscles, tissues and joints, and prevent future muscle and tendon injuries.

A sports massage can be carried out prior to a sports event, when it will stimulate circulation, calm nervous tension and prepare the individual for optimal performance whilst at the same time reducing the risk of injury. It can be carried out after a sports event, when it will relieve soreness and assist with the removal of lactic acid and other waste products. It is often used during training, when the practitioner will focus on speeding up the healing of existing injuries and preventing the development of future injuries.

What does it involve?

The client is usually asked to remove their outer layer of clothing so that the practitioner can work directly onto the skin. The massage is carried out whilst the client is lying on a massage couch or table and, depending on whether it is pre-event, post-event or a training massage, the therapy can take from thirty minutes to two hours.

What is it good for?

Sports massage is good for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system. It reduces strain and discomfort caused by training or participating in sport, and it encourages the body to heal and repair any injuries sustained.

What are the benefits?

The main benefit of sports massage is that it improves muscle flexibility, blood circulation and reduces swelling, aids the prevention of sports injuries and assists the body with recovery and repair after sports injuries have been sustained.

What are the side effects and when should it be avoided?

Sports massage, although relaxing and soothing, can also be quite vigorous. If the client has muscle soreness the massage may, initially, cause some discomfort. Sports massage should be avoided if you have open wounds, muscle tears, sprained ligaments or burns; varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis, cancer, tumours, melanoma or haemophilia. This therapy is also unsuitable for anyone with infectious skin disease such as a fungal infection or herpes. People with diabetes should be aware that sports massage will have the same effects as exercise.

What Next?

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- bodyhealththerapies.co.uk

Massage and Soft Tissue therapy

- Revive

Sports Massage, Deep tissue and Swedish Massage and Shiatsu for your wellbeing

- Massage Muswell Hill

Sports massage, Deep Tissue massage, Reflexology and Osteopathy in North London.

- Sports Massage & Pain Relief

London sports massage experts specialize in back and shoulder paina

- The London Mobile Massage

Sports/ Deep tissue massage

- Anna Dibbo Sports Massge Terapist

" My work experience so far has taught me the importance of listening to clients

- Derby Family Chiropractic

Chiropractic and Massage Treatments

- massagefitness

Holistic, Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy.

- BEHM Sports Therapy

Sports massage, injury treatment and injury management in leeds

- Therapeutic Massage for Women in Hornsey and Crouch End

Holistic Therapies and Massage for women in North London-N8

- First Relax Health & Beauty Clinic

First Relax is Coventry's leading provider of holistic therapies, beauty therapi

- Deep Muscle Massage

Sports/Deep muscle massage in Hertfordshire UK, Home vists available.

- Bodylogics

Sports Injury and Remedial Massage Therapy

- London Sports Massage

Sports Injury Clinic

- Hoopers Health

Sports Massage & Soft Tissue Injuries

- Sports Injury Clinic

A site dedicated to information regarding sports injuries and their treatment

- Sports Massage Clinic

Sports massage, remedial Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Injury Treatment

- Morgan Sports Therapy

Sports Massage service based in Leeds

- The Southdown Clinic Ltd

Medical/Complementary Therapy Clinic of Excellence

- Fingers and Thumbs

Sports massage Deep tissue


sports massage, kinesiology, sports injuries, corporate massage

- Lee Paines Sports Massage

Lee Paines Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist in the Swindon area

- The Active Sports Injury Clinic

Sports Therapy/Massage & Medical supplies

- massageandwellbeing

therapy centre

- www.helpinghandstherapy.co.uk

Sports & Therapeutic Massage

- Sports Massage, Bodyworks and Holistic Healing Clinic

A Clinic which provides many different complementary health therapies

- Sports Massage London

Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy in London W1 and N1

- The Klinik

Wellness Centre in Liverpool Street (London)

- www.justhuman.co.uk

relieving the stresses and starins of life in Liverpol, South port and Chester

- In 'Gud' Hands

sports & body therapy

- the berkeley clinic

complementary medicine

- Healthy Balance

Sports Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer in Nottingham and surrounding area

- Direct D-stress (Chinese Physio Massage Therapy)

Recommended by Leeds Rhinos Rugby Team

- AMG Sports Therapy

Sports Therapist providing Injury Treatments and Sports Massage

- Peppard Clinic of Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy

- Contact Massage

Sports massage therapy at affordable prices

- In-Touch Bodywork

Remedial massage treatments : Sports, Deep Tissue, Remedial, Therapeutic

- The Balance House

NST, Bowen, Sports Therapies, Massage, etc

- www.aroma-sport.com

Deep Tissue Massage which can be combined with stretches, NMT, MET or STR

- Loosen Up

Sports and remedial massage

- First Hand Healing

Personal massage and sports therapy.

- Wessex Health

Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic

- A massage 4 u

Sports and theraputic massage

- C-Fit Wellbeing Limited

Sports Massage Therapy & Personal Training in the Leicestershire area.

- Body Therapeutics

Complementary therapies including sports massage/injuries, shiatsu in London .....

- Superior health and fitness

Sports Massage therapist & Personal Trainer

- healthwise natural therapy centre

Complementary Therapy Centre in Blackheath, London

- Changing You

Sports Massage Therapy and Personal Training in Leeds and West Yorkshire

- Kyltare Kinetics Complementary Consultancy

Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist/Tutor & Reiki Master/Teacher

- The Mind Body Centre

Excellence in eastern & western complementary medicine & beauty treatments

- Myofascial Release Clinic UK

Myofascial Release (soft tissue muscle - fascia release) for sports injuries

- Harmonia

Sports Massage for pre/post event and injuries