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What are the 5 most commonly asked questions about sports massage

Where did massage originate from?


Questions about sports massage

The massage was first recorded as one of the earliest forms of physical therapy over 3000 years ago in countries such as China, India, and Greece. Sports massage is based around the work of Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) who developed the form of strokes used in a Swedish massage. Through adapting and changing some original styles the methods were then used on many athletes to help maintain health and wellbeing.


The 5 most common questions about sports massage

At Cryojuvenate we are often asked many questions about sports massage and whether it is the best treatment for clients.

commonly asked questions about sports massage

1) What are the benefits of massage?

Sports massage is highly regarded for use in sports recovery and whole-body wellness. It provides many benefits as part of an active lifestyle to reduce tension, stress and increase relaxation. If there have been any overuse, inactivity or post-injury traumas to the body, sports massages are beneficial to reduce pain and any muscle soreness by improving circulation. By increasing blood flow to the areas of pain and tightness it will help to bring fresh oxygenated blood to the area which will help speed up the healing processes needed to recover.

2) What is the difference between a sport’s and a deep tissue massage?

Put simply, nothing, they are pretty much the same thing. A sports massage is the use of strokes and moves which manipulates deep tissue structures such as muscle, tendons, and ligaments, this helps to provide pain relief and decrease muscles tightness.



3) What is a muscle knot?

common questions about sports massageMuscle knots (AKA trigger points) occur when a small layer of tightly contracted muscle has formed an isolated muscle spasm. These usually occur when there has been overuse, inactivity or post-injury to the muscle or structure.

When this has happened, it cuts off its own blood supply meaning that the area of muscle is not getting the healing elements in the blood system which irritates it more.  In most cases, you will feel a small lump when pressure is applied, which could cause pain depending on the severity.

With massage, it can help relieve the tightness and pain you may be experiencing. By applying direct pressure and smoothing out a muscle knot it can help relieve the tightness and increase the blood flow back to the area.


questions about sports massage

4) Will one massage cure-all?

Massage has been closely linked to exercise: the more you do it, the better you feel. If you exercise once you will benefit from the short-term effects but not gain long-term results. The same applies to massage, it should be incorporated into your lifestyle so that you continue to see the long-term benefits and help decrease pain and tightness which will benefit you in your daily life.

5) Does massage hurt?

It can hurt from time to time, as if there is an area of tension or tightness, working over that area can be painful. Also, if there is any scar tissue from old injuries, they can be sore spots to go over. Sports massage are usually described as a “good” type of pain that feels like it “needs” to be done and the feeling of released tension is the best.


Questions about sports massage at Cryojuvenate

Questions about Sports Massage

Two simple options are available,  you can either take a 25-minute massage for the back neck and shoulders or you may prefer to concentrate on one area.  The most popular option is the 45-minute massage which can be a whole-body experience or again concentrating on specific areas of discomfort.


(1 x 45-min massage | 1 x 10-min Theragun treatment PCM)



Submitted by

Heather Davison – Sport Rehabilitation BSc Hons


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