This includes any injury caused by physical activities, playing sports or exercising. Generally musculoskeletal, they occur to muscles, bones or ligaments
Sports massage treatment
Whether you are injured or in good health, your body can always benefit from sports massage. Our skilled specialists in Leeds and Manchester use the very latest diagnostic techniques and equipment to provide the best possible treatment for you.
What is sports massage?
Sports massage is a specialist type of deep tissue massage developed to help maintain and heal soft tissue in the body. During a sports massage, your therapist will work on soft tissue (skin, muscle, tendons, ligaments and fascia), particularly focusing on problem areas or those associated with them. This can help to correct imbalances in the body and aid future performance.
Despite the name, sports massage is not just for athletes; it can benefit everyone from the average keep-fitter to the marathon runner.
How it works
The treatment works by relieving muscle tension and pain, increasing flexibility and mobility, and therefore helping to both treat and prevent injury. If you are already suffering from acute or chronic injury, the treatment will help by facilitating the rebuilding stage of conditioning.
What are the benefits of sports massage?
There are a number of physiological benefits to sports massage, including improved blood circulation, lymph drainage, muscle relaxation, stress relief and general relaxation.
Specifically for athletes, research has shown that as well as treating and preventing injuries, regular sports massage can actually help boost sporting performance and reduce recovery times after events.
What to expect from a sports massage treatment?
What to expect from a sports massage depends on what type of massage you are having. There are several different treatments from injury massages to post-event massages –
Pre-event – a brisk massage to prepare the muscles and soft tissue for your event. Generally carried out from two days, up until a few hours before the event.
Post-event – a slow and gentle massage to ease fatigued muscles and prevent soreness after your sporting event.
Maintenance – combining deep tissue massage, trigger points, joint mobilisation, and stretching and strengthening exercises, this helps prevent tightness in the muscles which can lead to injury. Maintenance massages are regular treatments that are integrated into your training programme.
Injury treatment – as part of a course of physiotherapy or osteopathy, your practitioner may suggest an injury massage. This treatment will focus on specific areas, helping to overcome tightness and speed up recovery. This type of treatment isn’t only for sporting injuries like rugby or football injuries, but can be used to treat problems caused by lifestyle too.
- Severe trauma
- Faulty biomechanics
- Poor training practice
- Improper equipment
- Lack of warm-up or stretching
- Poor flexibility
- Muscular weakness
- Limited movement and sharp pain in the affected area
- Sudden pain and swelling
- If chronic, you’ll notice soreness, dull aching and increased pain when exercising
- Treatment depends on the severity of the injury and area of the body affected
- Ice packs can be effective on fresh injuries
- Your practitioner may refer you onto a specialist or consultant if they think necessary
- If the injury is less severe, it can often be treated by an osteopath, chiropractor or sports therapist, using adjustments, manipulation to the area, deep tissue massage, deep tissue release, mobilisation, and advice on lifestyle modifications and supplementation.
For more information, call your local clinic on the number below.
Leeds : 0113 345 5060
Manchester : 0161 828 6604
London, Canary Wharf Clinic; (Canada Place Shopping Mall): 0203 197 9100
London, Canary Wharf Clinic; (@LycaHealth, 1 Westferry Circus): 0203 197 9100
Leeds Park Sq
Lower Ground Floor
29 Park Square West
Leeds LS1 2PQ
Leeds Wellington Pl
6 Wellington Place
Manchester King St,
(Pall Mall Medical)
61 King Street
London, Canary Wharf
(Canada Place Shopping Mall)
34 North Colonnade
London E14 5HX
London, Canary Wharf
(@LycaHealth, 1 Westferry Circus)
1 West Ferry Circus