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Sports Massage

What is sports massage?

Sports massage is an effective form of physical therapy, involving manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaging in regular physical activity. Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused by a variety of different factors including repetitive and strenuous physical activity, trauma or just from day to day activities.

The principal aims of sports massage are:

• The enhancement of a sports person’s performance
• The prevention of injury
• Relieve day to day problems
• The recovery of an athlete after an event

Benefits of Sports Massage

Sports massage is not only for active sports people, or those requiring therapy after a soft tissue injury, but also for those people seeking relief from muscle tension or requiring massage for the maintenance of healthy muscles.

Athletes with injuries or problems that are inhibiting performance will find that the stimulating effects of sports massage encourage the healing process. Recreational and competitive athletes following a regular training programme will benefit during recovery, and through the early detection of any problem arising from training sessions. Non sports participants with stresses and strains of day to day life will find tension relief from regular treatments along with psychological benefits.

Psychological benefits of sports massage:
• Reduces tension
• Reduces anxiety
• Prepares athlete for the challenge ahead
• Mentally relaxing
• Reduces pain

Physical / Mechanical benefits of sports massage:
• Improves flexibility
• Reduces swelling
• Stretches soft tissue
• Relieves muscle tension

Many Conditions can benefit from a sports massage including:
• Sciatica
• Frozen shoulder
• Tennis/Golfer’s elbow
• Back Pain
• Repetitive strain injury
• Muscle spasms and cramps
• Joint pain
• Arthritis


FROM: Dinko Pehlic
Sport: Professional MMA Fighter

Been training for 3 years in MMA, started with karate at age 6 then moved onto kickboxing until finally finding MMA at an older age. Currently holding a record of 4-1-1.

Elm Wood Massage Clinic is one of my sponsors which I am proud to say. I frequently receive treatment because I train 6 days a week, twice a day currently and my body feels the stresses and strains of this.

Kerry offers me amazing treatment, which I feel the effects of after one session and it greatly helps me. She is very quick at finding what is causing me pain and discomfort and begins treatment immediately in a comfortable and professional environment.