Sports massage is a popular form of treatment and prevention of soft tissue sports injuries. It uses a variety of pressure (often deeper, more intense and focused than in conventional massage) to speed up an athlete's recovery time, help with muscle soreness and injury prevention. As each sport uses the muscle groups in different ways, a qualified sports massage therapist has a sound knowledge of the muscular and skeletal systems and will tailor the treatment for each individual athlete.
Although sports massage is aimed at people who regularly push their bodies through strenuous exercise, it can benefit the everyone. If you're running around with small children all the time, or you have a physically demanding job, a regular sports massage may help you. Sports massage is often advised by doctors to treat back or muscle-strain or as part of a rehabilitation programme for people who've had an injury.