SF Sports Massage Therapy


Most people have questions about sports massage before booking an appointment. Here are some of the most popular questions we get asked regularly. If you have a question that ISN’T covered, please get in touch.

How often should I get a sports massage?

If a sports massage is to be used for pain relief after an injury it is more likely to be used more frequently. It all depends how the body responds.

If you were to come in for general loosening before or after an event then one would normally be enough. 

Does massage hurt? Do some types hurt more than others?

It can be painful from time to time as you work out bits of tension and ‘scar tissue’ but it doesn’t always have to be. Sports massage can be pretty sore but that kind of pain is usually a bitter sweet pain.

How soon can I go back to my sport?

The key is to listen to your body. Do your stretches. Warm up and warm down. If you are getting frustrated, ease back into training. Slow and steady gets you ready. Use sports massage regularly (every 4 to 6 weeks) as part of your maintenance programme. 

What are the key benefits of sports massage?

Pain relief, improvement in flexibility/range of movement, increased recovery from training, releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system. It helps get rid of toxins (the build up of lactic acid in the muscle groups) and helps improve the lymphatic drainage system. 

What can I do to prevent injury?

Warm ups and warm downs are crucial. Use heat and cold packs appropriately. Have a m aintenance programme of massages. Rest if you feel you are restricted in any movements. Listen to your body!

Is a sports massage only relevant if I regularly participate in sport?

Absolutely not – probably half of the cases that come to us are non sports related.

What should I wear to my appointment?

If you have a lower limb problem, please bring a pair of shorts with you. For other problem areas, wear something comfortable and easy to get in and out of.

What is scar tissue?

Scar tissue is located and lacks mobility, extensibility and strength. It can feel just gritty or like marbles or in severe cases hard and solid.

What is Fascia?

Fascia is the organ of posture. It’s a fibrous connective tissue which covers and supports the body, essentially providing both shape and form.

Change in the form of thickening and sticking of fibres can occur. This can creep and spread, over a period of time causing a wide spread of rigidity of fascial tissue locking the soft tissues onto positions of strain and dysfunction.  Causing conditions such as poor posture, muscle imbalances which can eventually cause lengthening, weakening and injury.  


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