Sports Massage

A mechanical manipulation of body tissues with rhythmical pressure and stroking for purpose of promoting health and well-being.

Effects of Sports Massage -

1. Mechanical effects

  • Stimulates blood flow
  • Increases tissue temperature
  • Improves metabolism
  • Increase lymphatic flow
  • Removes waste products
  • Mobilises tissue
  • Breaks down adhesion

2. Reflex effects

  • Sedative effects
  • Invigorating effects
  • Relieves pain
  • Pain gate
  • Descending Pain Suppression System
  • Reduces spasm

3. Chemical effects

  • Vasodilation
  • Increased blood flow

4. Psychological effects

  • Feeling of well-being
  • Reassure patients that any painful or damaged areas can be touched and moved

When is Sports Massage effective?

  • Pre-competition
  • Post-competition
  • Psychological involvement
  • Treatment of injuries
  • Training and conditioning