sport massage therapist performing myofascial release on lower back

Sports Massage vs Clinical Massage

Why is sports massage popular?

The term sports massage has become synonymous with massage in general. It is very popular and can be a great way to relieve muscle pain, aid mobility, and promote relaxation. 

Also, any massage that promises heavy pressure, thorough treatment, and instant relief can seem like a valid option when treating injuries or muscle soreness caused by pariticipating in sports. Even those who have never participated in sports have enjoyed the benefits of this type of massage. 

Moreover, when you are aching and need relief, there is something satisfying about imagining someone digging deep into your muscle tissue to ease the tension. 

What is the difference between Sports massage and Clinical massage?

In this blog post, we will explain the difference between these two types of massage. Although understanding  the individualised nature of Clinical massage therapy and that it can include techniques used in sports massage, is the key to appreciating the difference between the two. Ultimately, Clinical massage will is aimed at satisfying your need for relief in a more tailored way. 

There is no doubt that a decent massage can enhance recovery, soothe pain, and feel terrific, even for those who don’t do much sport, and because Clinical Massage incorporates techniques that are used in sports massage therapy, it might be worth considering as an effective alternative.

What are the benefits of Sports massage?

  1. Provides instant relief from muscle pain, speeding up the muscle recovery process.
  2. Help with relaxation.
  3. Helps prevent injury.
  4. Helps athletes recovering from injury.

Is Clinical Massage Therapy the same as Sports Massage?

Clinical massage therapy focuses on addressing the symptoms and providing relief from clinical conditions such as chronic pain, injuries, or musculoskeletal imbalances. 

Sports massage is a subset of clinical massage therapy that specifically targets ailments experienced by athletes. Clinical massage therapists also commonly use other techniques such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release therapy, trigger point therapy, and neuromuscular techniques.

Clinical massage therapists go through extensive training in anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics, meaning they learn techniques and protocols that address the unique needs of athletes. Furthermore, every client has their own treatment pathway that can be adapted depending on how they respond to treatment. 

Each session is different as the therapist uses a variety of techniques to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and promote overall joint and muscle health.

Is Clinical massage a good alternative to Sports massage?

The answer is of course YES, and here is why.

Individualised assessment and treatment: Clinical massage therapy takes a holistic approach to treatment, meaning any underlying issues that are contributing to the symptoms are uncovered and addressed. 

It is possible to experience pain in your hip that originates from your ankle, and a Clinical massage therapist will quickly identify any imbalance that could be causing symptoms.

Targeted rehabilitation: Whether you are recovering from injury or trying to manage chronic pain, treatment is targeted and focussed on restoring structural balance and optimal function.

Whole body approach: Clinical massage therapy considers how the body works and the impact of lifestyle, posture, and musculoskeletal health. This holistic approach can uncover underlying issues that are affecting how the body is performing.

Sports massage vs. Clinical Massage

There is no doubt that Sports massage plays an important role in keeping athletes moving, but Clinical massage therapy is more comprehensive and aimed at addressing specific issues that may be impeding athletic performance.

While Sports massage is indeed a vital component of Clinical massage treatment protocol, we offer much more than that. Our approach combines a comprehensive fusion of techniques and assessment tools to provide you with the highest quality care.

Learn about precision trigger point therapy and how it targets persistent and chronic pain. 

Experience the benefits of myofascial release, stretching, and mobilisation techniques, carefully designed to promote healing. 

We prioritise relaxation to calm your nervous system, enhancing the overall recovery process.

If you are considering Clinical massage therapy, I can assess your individual needs and explain how a tailored treatment plan would work to get results in your case. 

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