How does Sports Massage work ?

Weymouth Pilates Centre

& Sports Injury Clinic

Also known as 'Weymouth Pilates', 'Pilates Weymouth' and 'Pilates Centre Weymouth'


Directed by Jenny Glover

The White House, Chapel Lane, Upwey, Weymouth. DT3 5NA

How Does Sports Massage Work ?

A Sports Therapist is trained to identify and correct the movement pattern that might be causing your injury in the first place. You will be assessed and asked to fill out some forms so that the therapist can provide the best possible treatment for your injury.

Some Sports Massage movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion. There are four different types of sports massage:



•Pre-event Sports Massage - a short, stimulating massage 15 - 45 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.


Post-event Sports Massage - given within an hour or two of the event, to normalise the body's tissues.


•Restorative Sports Massage - given during training allowing the athlete to train harder with fewer injuries..


Rehabilitative Sports Massage - aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health.


Massage techniques include :


•Rehabilitation exercises


•Advanced palpitation

•Psychology of injury

•Soft tissue release


•Cross - fibre



•PNF Stretching


•Special tests

•Myofacial soft tissue techniques


Sports Massage Therapy frequently includes the use of one or more of the following techniques:


Deep Swedish Massage : Muscle-specific applications of the standard effleurage, petrissage, vibration, and tapotement techniques.


Trigger Point/Tender Point Massage / Neuromuscular techniques : Combined positioning and specific finger or thumb pressure into trigger/tender points in muscle and connective tissue, to reduce the hypersensitivity, muscle spasms and referred pain patterns that characterize the point.


Lymphatic Massage : Stimulation of specialized lymphatic-drainage pathways, which improves the body's removal of edemas and effusion.

Myofacial Release (MFR) is a non-invasive hands-on method of decreasing pain and increasing range of movement which can produce long term results.






Q. What causes Myofacial restrictions?

A.Trauma, surgery, inflammatory processes, poor posture or movement patterns.



They do not show up on any current medical tests so patients are often mis diagnosed and have recurring pain.


MFR can help with back pain, birth injuries, bursitis, cerebral palsy, headaches, neck pain, whiplash, sciatica to name but a few.