What is sports massage?

A sports massage is a particular type of massage aimed at alleviating tension and stress in your body’s soft tissues when carrying out physical activity. A sports massage can benefit anybody not just a sportsperson.

A sports massage is usually deeper and therefore more intense than a standard massage. The sports massage is based on different elements of Swedish massage and uses combinations of different techniques including compression, stretching, fractioning, toning and trigger point response similar to Shiatsu and Acupressure. Sports massage techniques supplement the body’s recovery process, reducing risk of injury and improving your ability to return to competition and training.

Your skilled sports massage therapist will bring together various techniques, advice and knowledge during treatment, to work with the client to maximise performance, keep training injury-free and reduce post-event injuries.

What sort of problems can be treated with a sports massage?

Several people can benefit from a sports massage as it can affect the whole of your body. At Farrell Physiotherapy we often treat people who complain of:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Tiredness
  • Sports injuries
  • Tightness
  • Soreness

What are the benefits of a sports massage and what are the effects?

In sports, there are three areas where sports massage can benefit an athlete:

Maintenance massage:

A regular massage treatment programme can help an athlete improve or maintain range of movement and muscle flexibility.

Event massage

Pre-event massage can supplement an athlete’s warm up and help with circulation, decreasing mental and muscle tension prior to competing. Post-event massage assists with reducing muscle spasms and metabolic build-up after a lot of exercise.


Muscle cramps, tears, bruises or aches can occur even when preventative measures are taken. Sports massage can decrease discomfort and speed up healing.

Overall benefits of sports massage:

There are several benefits of receiving a sports massage, including:

  • Stimulates circulation
  • Aids relaxation
  • Removes dead cells from skin’s surface
  • Relaxes muscle tissue
  • Soothes nerve endings
  • Reduces swelling
  • Reduces pain
  • Invigorates

What treatment techniques are used by a sports massage therapist?

There are different massage techniques that can be adopted during a treatment session. Your massage therapist will assess your problem and based on their findings will choose which techniques will benefit you most.

Sports massage can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with other treatment modalities to ensure you make the optimal recovery in the shortest space of time.

Massage therapy treatment techniques include:

  • Effleurage (stroking)
  • Petrissage
  • Squeezing
  • Frictioning
  • Trigger points

Why Farrell Physiotherapy?

Farrell Physiotherapy always delivers an excellent standard of patient care. You are at the centre of your care and we will work around your goals and lifestyle.

All of our sports massage therapists are fully qualified.

If you would like to book a sports massage appointment or would like further information regarding what we do please call 01245 830280 or e-mail: infofarrellphysiotherapy@gmail.com.