Sports Massage

Sports Massage

Expert Sports Massage is as much art as it is science.

Our Remedial Therapists have spent thousands of hours learning both the art and science of sports massage – with years of competitive sports, dance and martial arts under their belts – they understand the risks of letting niggles become problems, and the impact that can have on your training, performance and competitive advantage. 

A qualified remedial massage therapist performing sports massage can systematically assess an individual and locate the cause of pain and dysfunction – before it becomes an injury.  Qualified therapists can be effective for the management of:

  • Groin strain
  • Hamstring tension
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Shin splints
  • various forms of sciatica
  • Tight hip flexors
  • Hip bursitis/tendinopathy (Greater trochanteric pain syndrome)
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy and tears
  • Calf pain
  • Neck pain
  • Neck and shoulder tension
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What is the difference between sports and deep tissue massage?

A deep tissue massage is generally a non-specific general massage whereas sports massage is targeted and specific. Treatment starts with a rigorous assessment process to determine the cause of injury, discomfort and pain.  Your Remedial therapist will discuss your training schedule, recovery process and desired outcomes to tailor a process that will help meet your goals. Assessment will also help with post treatment advice including specific stretches for hypertonic muscles. Our Expert Remedial Therapists get results fast.

When should you get Treatment?

Any time you are in pain, when you are increasing your training, after or before events.  Sports massage is not designed to be relaxing – it is designed to resolve injury, dysfunction and pain, increase performance and recovery.   If you are not performing at your best – treatment performed by a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist will probably give you a better result.

What’s sports massage? 

It  is a branch of Remedial Massage that deals with the needs of an athlete before and after performance. The goal of a sports treatment is to improve performance through optimised tissue function and reduce injury risk and detect injury before it becomes problematic.

Post event treatment  is used to assess the body for irritation, swelling, tears, strains and tension – and accelerate recovery through touch and clinical observation.

At Knead Massage, sports treatments are tailored to the INDIVIDUAL and their different sports and injury profile. 

Will it get rid of Knots?

Muscle tension responds well to manual techniques such as trigger point therapy, met and activated mfr techniques.  Not only will tight, angry muscles yield to a skilled remedial massage therapist and move more easily without pain treatment will:

  • Promote blood flow increasing nutrients to muscles
  • Assist with the clearance of blood lactates
  • Reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • determine the presence of muscular lesion or irritation (such as strains)
  • reduce swelling
  • calm down excited tissue

How often should I have treatments?

This depends on your goals, physical condition, length of training and preparation & injury. Often athletes and performers may get regular treatments leading up to an event and then after for recovery. Some have a regular weekly session when training is high, others come on an as needed basis. There is no hard and fast rule, but without a doubt sports treatments will help you get more out of your chosen sport. Train longer and harder, perform better and recover faster with help from our qualified team!

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FAQ’s

Will sports massage help shoulder pain?

A sports massage performed by a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist is designed to assess the drivers of pain and dysfunction.  At sports massage Brisbane (Knead massage) our remedial massage therapists can assist with:

  • Rotator cuff strains
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Bursitis (AC joint)
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy
  • Restricted range of motion

Tendinopathy and Bursitis will require you to perform some corrective movements to reduce inflammatory chemicals and maintain the improvements from your Sports Massage.

Will sports massage help groin strain?

Groin strain is a way of saying muscle tearing.  Grade 1 or 2 groin strain will find benefit from Sports massage delivered by a qualified remedial massage therapist.  Sports massage can relieve the spasm and inflammatory pain of the irritable tissue and a Remedial Massage therapist can show you appropriate corrective exercises to assist with muscle and tendon union.  Grade 3 groin strain is a nearly complete tear and will require rest from activity – sports massage is not indicated until 4-6 weeks from the onset of symptoms.  Grade 4 groin strain is a complete tear and may require surgery to reattach the torn sections.

Will sports massage help knee pain?

The first clinician you see should be a Sports Massage therapist.  Sports massage performed by a qualified remedial massage therapist is designed to rigorously assess the cause of pain and effectively treat it.  Knee pain is frequently caused by:

  • Quad muscle tightness
  • Patella tendon irritation
  • Inflamed bursars (bursitis)
  • Osteo arthritis
  • ITB syndrome

Sports and Remedial Massage have been shown to reduce the irritation caused by these conditions.

Will a sports massage help back pain?

Many types of back pain can be easily resolved with sports massage provided by a qualified remedial massage therapists.  Sports massage is designed to thoroughly assess the drivers of pain and then treat them.  Common drivers of back pain Brisbane Sports Massage can resolve include:

  • Muscle tension
  • Muscle spasm
  • Facet joint irritation (locked vertebral joint)
  • Hip flexor overload
  • Some types of sciatica
Will a sports massage help trapped nerve?

Sports massage performed by a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist may release the tight structures causing a compressed nerve.  However, the therapists that specialise in nerve entrapment are Myotherapists.  Sports Massage Brisbane (Knead Massage) can provide Expert Myotherapy to rapidly resolve a pinched nerve.

Who benefits from sports massage?

Anyone in pain or with movement restriction.  Sports massage is designed to treat injury, dysfunction and pain.  If you are looking for candles and scented oils, you are probably after a relaxation massage.  If you are not performing at your best – a Sports Massage performed by a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist will probably give you a better result.

What is sports massage good for?

If you are in pain a Sports massage performed by a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist can probably determine the cause of y our pain.  Qualified sports massage can be effective for the management of:

  • Groin strain
  • Hamstring tension
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Shin splints
  • various forms of sciatica
  • Tight hip flexors
  • Hip bursitis/tendinopathy (Greater trochanteric pain syndrome)
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy and tears
  • Calf pain
  • Neck pain
  • Neck and shoulder tension
Can sports massage help sciatica?

Qualified remedial massage can reduce sciatica.  Sciatica that originates in the glutes is often resolved with massage.  Sciatica that originates in the spine may require Myotherapy.

Can sports massage help shin splints?

A sports massage delivered by a qualified remedial massage therapist can help manage shin splints by reducing muscular tension and showing you the best exercise to restore collagen to the damaged tendon.

How often sports massage?

This depends on the individual and their pain states and physical activity levels.  Someone who runs 3 times per week may need weekly sports massage.  Resolving an injury may only take 2 sessions in one week and then not require more treatment.  It really depends on what type of pain you have.

How sports massage benefits?

Sports Massage is used to reduce muscle tension, tendon irritation and determine the cause of injury.

Sports massage techniques include soft tissue, deep tissue, nerve tissue and joint mobilising techniques.

Sports massage will:

  • Promote blood flow
  • Assist with the clearance of blood lactates
  • Reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • desensitize angry tissues
  • determine the presence of muscular lesion or irritation (such as strains)
  • reduce swelling
  • calm down excited tissue
Is sports massage physiotherapy?

Definitely not.  If you are paying a physio for sports massage you are overpaying and using a clinician that does not deliver massage full time for a service (and probably receiving an inferior treatment).

Qualified Sports massage is a branch of Remedial Massage and Myotherapy – clinicians that deliver manual techniques like massage every day.

What are sports massage techniques?

A qualified remedial massage therapist providing sports massage can use a wide array of techniques including:

  • Deep tissue massage
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Myofascial Release
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Corrective exercises
  • Cupping
  • Dry Needling
  • Static and active stretching
  • Muscle Energy Technique
What does sports massage do?

Sports Massage is used to reduce muscle tension, tendon irritation and determine the cause of injury.

 

Sports massage techniques include soft tissue, deep tissue, nerve tissue and joint mobilising techniques.

 

Sports massage will:

 

  • Promote blood flow
  • Assist with the clearance of blood lactates
  • Reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • desensitize angry tissues
  • determine the presence of muscular lesion or irritation (such as strains)
  • reduce swelling
  • calm down excited tissue
What is sports massage like?

A deep tissue massage is generally a non-specific general massage whereas sports massage is targeted and specific.  A qualified Sports Massage starts with a rigorous assessment process to determine the cause of injury, discomfort and pain.  Our Expert Remedial Therapists get results fast.

Sports massage is not designed to be relaxing - it is designed to resolve injury, dysfunction and pain.  If you are looking for candles and scented oils, you are probably after a relaxation massage.  If you are not performing at your best – a Sports Massage performed by a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist will probably give you a better result.

What is sports massage definition?

Sports massage is a branch of remedial massage (remedial massage) that deals with the needs of an athlete before and after performance.

Sports massage is used before an event to improve the condition and range of movement of soft tissues such as muscles by the stimulation blood and lymphatic flow. Pre event sports massage is used to excite the muscles and generally prime a high performance individual to compete at maximal level – without injury.

Post event sports massage is used to assess the body for irritation, swelling, tears, strains and tension – and accelerate recovery through touch and clinical observation.

What's sports massage?

Sports massage is a branch of professional massage (remedial massage) that is designed to resolve injury, dysfunction and pain.  Sports massage is targeted and specific.  A qualified Sports Massage starts with a rigorous assessment process to determine the cause of injury, discomfort and pain.  Our Expert Remedial Therapists get results fast.

Benefits of sports massage include:

  • Improved movement and blood flow
  • Reduced lactic acid
  • Reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • reduce swelling
When to get sports massage?

Any time you are in pain.

Sports massage is not designed to be relaxing - it is designed to resolve injury, dysfunction and pain.  If you are looking for candles and scented oils, you are probably after a relaxation massage.  If you are not performing at your best – a Sports Massage performed by a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist will probably give you a better result.

When to exercise after sports massage?

This will depend on whether you are getting a pre event massage or post event sports massage.

  • Pre event sports massage is designed to stimulate an athlete to perform better within the next 20-40 minutes.
  • Post event sports massage is designed to get an athlete back to training as soon as possible. The variables are too complicated to discuss in depth, but if you haven’t been injured the next day is often the goal.  Ask your therapist for an answer appropriate to your situation.
Where can I get a sports massage?

At Knead Massage Brisbane a qualified 30 Minute sports massage is $60 and a 60 minute sports massage $89.  Health fund rebates are available for all Australian health funds.

Where to get sports massage?

Sports massage should be available at any clinic that offers Remedial Massage.

 

Brisbane Sports Massage at Knead Massage provide expert Sports and Remedial Massage and tailor every treatment to the INDIVIDUAL and their different sports and injury profile.

What is sports massage benefits?

Reduced Pain and improved Range of motion are the big ones – however Brisbane Sports Massage will:

 

  • Promote blood flow
  • Assist with the clearance of blood lactates
  • Reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • desensitize angry tissues
  • determine the presence of muscular lesion or irritation (such as strains)
  • reduce swelling
  • calm down excited tissue
Sports massage when pregnant?

Remedial Massage and Sports massage are perfectly safe (and beneficial) during pregnancy if performed in a sidelying position.

What sports massage does?

Pre event Sports Massage is used to:

  • Stimulate blood and lymphatic flow
  • Preparing joints by taking them through range of motion
  • Excite the muscles (stimulating Acetylcholine – the performance neurotransmitter responsible for muscle activation)
  • Warm the muscles up
  • Reduce performance anxiety

Techniques used in post event sports massage may include soft tissue, deep tissue, nerve tissue and joint mobilising techniques.

Post event sports massage is usually 30-90 minutes long and is used to:

  • Promote blood flow
  • Assist with the clearance of blood lactates
  • Reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • desensitize angry tissues
  • determine the presence of muscular lesion or irritation (such as strains)
  • reduce swelling
  • calm down excited tissue
When to do sports massage?

Any time you are in pain.  Sports massage is not designed to be relaxing - it is designed to resolve injury, dysfunction and pain.  If you are looking for candles and scented oils, you are probably after a relaxation massage.  If you are not performing at your best – a Sports Massage performed by a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist will probably give you a better result.

How much is sports massage?

At Brisbane Sports Massage (Knead Massage) a qualified 30 Minute sports massage is $60 and a 60 minute sports massage $89.  Health fund rebates are available for all Australian health funds.

How much sports massage cost?

At Brisbane Sports Massage (Knead Massage) a qualified 30 Minute sports massage is $60 and a 60 minute sports massage $89.  Health fund rebates are available for all Australian health funds.

Links

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/massage

https://www.healthline.com/health/swedish-massage-vs-deep-tissue#1

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/swedish-massage

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7228568/

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0300060518814999

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/cb23/aab04b1fc795573c22fc20e356539a9aecab.pdf

https://journals.lww.com/nsca-scj/fulltext/2010/04000/Massage_s_Effect_on_Injury,_Recovery,_and.7.aspx

Roger Morelli
Roger Morelli is a Myotherapist at Knead Massage in Brisbane CBD. He loves helping clients improve their quality of life with effective Myotherapy and corrective exercise treatments. He has a special interest in lower limb issues after experiencing a life changing car accident 20 years ago.
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