Sports Massage and Remedial Massage

‘Sports massage is deep soft tissue massage which can be applied to specific problem areas & injuries, or to generally prevent the build-up of aching & stiffness’.


What’s the difference between Sports and Remedial Massage?


Sports massage is deep soft tissue massage which can be applied to specific problem areas & injuries, or to generally prevent the build-up of aching & stiffness.

So the answer is not much in most cases. Sports Massage, Remedial Massage, Clinical Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Soft Tissue Manipulation are all terms often used interchangeably by therapists.

Massage Therapy has been around for thousands of years, whilst the more specific application of massage for specific clinical application was developed and popularized in the 20th century. Remedial Massage and Deep Tissue Massage developed in the 1940’s and is often called Clinical Massage in the United States and focuses on treating more specific problems as opposed to utilizing the general effects of massage.

The term ‘Sports Massage’ has become common place since the formation of the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM) in 1989.

At the end of the day, both make use of similar techniques (Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Techniques, Soft Tissue Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy etc).


What does Sports and Remedial Massage do?


Remedial Sports Massage includes stretches for tight muscles & joint mobilisation techniques to restore the body’s range of movement. Sports massage is suitable for athletes & occasional exercisers alike. Remedial Sports Massage is also a preventative treatment which removes the build-up of tissue strain before this develops into an injury. It aids recovery after training & competitions & is often used to compliment training & enhance performance.

  • Prevents & manages injuries
  • Reduce recovery time
  • Improves circulation
  • Releases muscular tension and aids relaxation
  • Increases flexibility
  • Improves self-awareness
  • Relieves pain, stiffness & tension headaches

Any sportsperson places stresses on their body by frequent training & competitions. Rest days, stretching, good diet & hydration will help the body recover but sometimes more is needed. Sports massage will aid blood circulation removing waste products from tired muscles & will stretch out muscles that have become tight from repeated use.

Many athletes use regular sports massage to help maintain optimal athletic performance. Sports massage is also an effective way of detecting minor soft tissue problems & dealing with them before a more serious injury occurs.

It is an excellent way of relieving tension & tiredness allowing the body to relax. Examples of sports injuries that can benefit from sports & remedial massage treatment are sprains, strains, Achilles tendonitis, Runners’ knee, shin splints, Tennis/Golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, piriformis syndrome & tight muscles generally.


I’m not a Sportsperson. How can I benefit from Sports & Remedial Massage?


Muscle tension can affect anyone. Remedial massage can offer help to those who suffer from back, neck or shoulder pain which may be brought on by decorating, gardening or even driving. Many postural problems occur as a result of sedentary activities such as sitting at a computer all day. These problems can be treated in the same way as those of an active sportsperson. Repetitive strain injury, whiplash, frozen shoulder, headache, migraine, stiff neck & backache can all be relieved with deep tissue massage. Stress & tiredness are also common problems that can be alleviated. 

We work with our clients to identify these imbalances, releasing the tension built up using various massage and fascial release techniques plus recommending a plan of massage and self help exercises to strengthen and stretch going forward so your not on our table every week (unless by choice!)

At Head2Toe Physio clinics we know that what our Physiotherapists do best is ‘Physiotherapy’. We wanted to offer our patients high quality massage to complement our Physiotherapy and set about appointing dedicated massage therapists. We work with Annie Ladd and Hilary Livesey at Leatherhead, Deniz Ruso at Dorking and Rosa Bowley at Crawley.