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After the success of our Autumn sports massage offer, when we saw lots of new faces visiting the Faultless Fitness Sports Therapy wing for treatment, we discovered that there was a degree of confusion around the differences between sports massage therapy and sports therapy. Read below as Rosie answers some of the most frequently asked questions. 

What is sports massage and how does it differ from a normal massage?

Sports massage can be anything from basic techniques used on non-pathological or uninjured tissue through to injury treatment requiring a greater knowledge of anatomy which allows the therapist to treat a wider range of muscle dysfunction. The difference between a sports massage and a regular massage is less candles and relaxing music and more targeted muscle release. You can probably expect more pain as well, but it will be necessary, and your therapist will communicate with you to ensure they are working within your limits. Sports massage therapists are required to have a thorough understanding of the different systems of the body such as the musculoskeletal, myofascial, lymphatic and neural, meaning every treatment will be prescribed to your needs as an individual, rather than just focusing on relaxation.

What is the difference between sports massage therapy and sports therapy?

At even the highest level, sports massage therapy is not the same as sports therapy. Sports therapists have to study a much broader range of treatment modalities to receive their qualification, these include:

  • Advanced soft tissue techniques
  • Postural assessment
  • Gait analysis
  • Orthopaedic assessment
  • Cryotherapy
  • Thermal therapy
  • Athletic Taping
  • Kiniesiology taping
  • Sports first aid
  • Injury Rehab
  • Exercise Therapy

After studying such a wide range of highly effective techniques, sports massage often becomes a very small part of a sports therapist’s treatment. Although sports massage is excellent, using a combination of techniques is the quickest way to restore functionality for a client.

Which should you choose?

If you suffer from any sort of chronic or recurring pain or injury, whilst sports massage will provide you with some relief, you will benefit the most from a series of sports therapy sessions. I would recommend sports massage for general aches and pains sustained from an active lifestyle, if you want to minimise your chance of sustaining an injury or if you are feeling a bit tight and tense. If after reading all the above you still aren’t sure which treatment modality would benefit you the most, drop us a message on Facebook and book in for a telephone consultation with Rosie!

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