What is the difference between Sports Massage & Sports Therapy

What is Massage?

Sports Massage and Sports Therapy are two related but distinct forms of treatment commonly used in sports medicine. Sports Massage is a specialised form of massage therapy that addresses the specific needs of athletes and individuals involved in intense physical activities.

It typically involves deep tissue manipulation and various massage techniques to alleviate muscle tension, improve flexibility, enhance circulation and promote overall recovery. Sports Massage is often utilised before or after athletic events to prepare the body for exertion or aid recovery.

Sports Therapy also encompasses various techniques and interventions to prevent, diagnose and treat sports-related injuries and conditions as manual therapy, exercise prescription, rehabilitation exercises and injury management strategies to help athletes and individuals return to peak performance.

Clients should expect a session focused primarily on hands-on manipulation of muscles and soft tissues when seeking Sports Massage. The therapist will target specific areas of tension or discomfort and use various techniques to release tightness, increase blood flow and enhance overall relaxation. The goal is to promote muscular recovery, improve range of motion and prevent or address sports-related issues.

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What is Massage?

A tailored massage experience can benefit all conditions, simply from how we live our lives. Still, these techniques can be specifically for athletes and those engaged in intense physical activities. Sports massage is a specialised therapy that targets active individuals' unique needs. By utilising deep tissue manipulation and various massage techniques, it effectively eases muscle tension, enhances flexibility, boosts circulation, and accelerates recovery. Whether you're prepping for a big game or looking to recover after one, sports massage is the perfect choice.

Common conditions treated by a Massage Therapist include:

Back and neck pain

Joint injuries and pain (e.g., shoulder, knee, hip)

Sports injuries

Arthritis and other degenerative conditions

Postural problems



Muscle strains and sprains

Book an Appointment

Appointments can be arranged by telephone or email. Self-funding patients can refer themselves to physio. We do not require a referral from your doctor.