Sports massage Designed to prevent and treat injuries, improve flexibility, and enhance athletic performance, sports massage can be used by athletes of all abilities to prepare for or recover from sporting events. The idea behind sports massage is to manipulate the body's soft tissues, and focus on certain muscle groups depending on which sport the athlete plays. In sports massage, the strokes are generally faster than a typical Swedish massage. The therapist may also include compression, pressure point therapy, friction, and joint mobilization.
Deep Tissue Massage Deep tissue massage is a focused, therapeutic massage that targets muscle knots (also known as "adhesions") and specific problem areas in the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Using deliberate, slow strokes or friction across the grain of the muscle, the therapist can address chronic tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or injuries.
While it's true that the pressure of deep tissue is generally more intense than that of a Swedish massage, it shouldn't have to be painful to be effective. If you're experiencing pain, let your massage therapist know right away. This type of massage is particularly beneficial for people with chronic pain or lingering injuries that cause limited mobility. It's effective in treating repetitive stress injuries such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome.
DISCLAIMER:Massage Therapy is not meant as a substitute for medical, or psychological, diagnosis and treatments. It can readily compliment other forms of therapy. I do not diagnose conditions, nor do I perform medical treatment, prescribe substances, or interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical professional. Discuss this information with your own doctor or healthcare provider to determine what is right for you.
Important note: It is recommended you see a licensed physician or licensed health care professional for any physical or psychological ailment you may have.