A Guide to Understanding Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage

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A Guide to Understanding Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage

The process of stimulating and manipulating the muscles manually in order to relieve pain and achieve other health benefits is called massage. Massages are available in different varieties and the choice depends on the specific needs of the client. Two common types of massages that have been widely appreciated for their multiple health benefits are sports massage and deep tissue massage. Understanding the differences and similarities between the two can help choose the best option.

The Differences

  • Targeting the risk areas

Sports massage therapists in Perth are experts in resolving the muscular woes of athletes and other sportsmen. They identify the areas that are experiencing tightness and detect muscle abnormalities if any. By doing so, they prevent the chance potential injury to these body parts. Deep tissue massage on the other hand identifies muscle weakness but may not treat injury –specific areas in athletes.

  • Goal of the massage therapy

The ultimate goal of Perth based sports massage therapy is to improve the performance of the athlete through pain relief, better flexibility and handling of potential injuries. The aim of availing a deep tissue massage can be broader. Men and women seek deep tissue massage to remove toxins from the body, relieve stress, reduce pain, sooth the senses and reduce tension. It is recommended for patients to consult the therapist and discuss treatment goals before taking the plunge.

  • Suitable candidates of the massage

Sports massage therapy is generally used by athletes and all those are seriously associated with any kind of sport. Professional sportsmen and emerging players at school and college levels can go through sports massage before or after the game. The massage eases the muscle and prevents the likelihood of muscle cramping. Deep tissue massage is suitable for a wider range of people and both men and women prefer the massage to relieve stress. People availing deep tissue massage do not have to be necessarily related to sports and any particular physical activity.

The Similarities

  • Strokes and techniques

The techniques (strokes and movements) used by in sports massage therapy in Perth and the deep tissue massage are almost similar. Some of the shared movements include kneading, tapping, vibration and circular movements. However, sports massage uses these techniques to focus more on sports-related injuries and pain areas while deep tissue massage uses them to manipulate the skin.

  • The therapist

For both types of massage, a well-versed massage therapist is essential to handle the tissues gently. The therapist must be trained and have sufficient knowledge about the medical implications of the massage. Some massage therapists are qualified to perform either one of these massages or in some cases, both. Either way, the client must ensure that he chooses a reliable source for efficient pain relief.

A Little about SportsMedSubiaco:

SportsMedSubiaco was established in Perth, Western Australian in 1998 with the vision of becoming the State’s premier health care and physiotherapy facility. As the premier Sports Medicine facility in Western Australia, all SportsMedSubiaco practitioners actively pursue and continually develop, improve and broaden their clinical knowledge and therapeutic skills. SportsMedSubiaco offers sports medicine, physiotherapy, clinical pilates, sports massage therapy, hydrotherapy, cardiac rehabilitation, baby swim and pregnancy massage.  To know more, visit http://www.sportsmedsubiaco.com.au/about-us/about-sportsmed/ or Call (08) 9382 9600. Business Location: St John of God Subiaco, Clinic Suite 101, 175 Cambridge St, Subiaco, Perth, WA – 6008

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