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Remedial Massage : Sports Massage

Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity.  Soft tissue includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia and the massgae is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma.

The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.

Athletes with injuries or problems that are inhibiting performance will find that the stimulatory effects of sports massage encourage the healing process.  Recreational and competitive athletes following a regular training programme will benefit during recovery, and through the early detection of any problems arising from training stress.  Athletes engaged in sporting events or competitions can benefit before, during and after the event, depending on whether the need is for the release of muscle tension, relief from soreness, relaxation, etc.

Some benefits of Sports Massage are:

  • the release of muscle tension and pain
  • the removal of waste products such as acetic acid and carbon dioxide
  • reduced discomfort from DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness) as a result of vigorous exercise
  • and improved posture and flexibility


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