Sports Massage Therapy is a form of deep tissue massage which aims to improve the suppleness and flexibility of muscles and joints by eliminating toxins embedded in muscle fibres, minimise scar tissue build up and remove adhesions. It can also improve circulation which enhances cell nutrition, and reduces the recovery time of damaged or stressed tissues.

How does sports massage differ from other types of therapeutic massage?

Some of the basic techniques in sports massage can be the same as those used in other forms of therapeutic massage, but the therapist may apply the techniques more deeply and firmly. Some sports massage techniques are designed to shift an old or chronic injury back into its acute stage, to trigger the body’s natural healing process to complete the process of repair.

A regular sports massage is recommended if you’re always pushing your body physically. How long you should go between treatments depends on the frequency and intensity of your training session. But don’t leave it too long between massages, otherwise progress will be very slow.

Sports Massage at Sunderland Physiotherapy Clinic


  • 30 mins – £35
  • 60 mins – £50
  • A 50% deposit is required at the point of booking in order to secure your appointment.
  • We operate a 24 hour cancellation policy. Any clients who cancel within 24 hours or do not attend their appointment will lose their deposit.
  • *Please note we see over 16 year olds only*

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Sports Massage Therapy is of great benefit in any case of repetitive strain or muscle overuse injury. This may be due to frequent or intense sports training, or for the non athlete, even an unaccustomed bout of intense gardening or D.I.Y!

  • Increase blood flow around the body, flushing out waste products and cleansing internal organs
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved rate of tissue repair
  • Pain relief in muscles and joints
  • Increased recovery after you’ve done strenuous exercise
  • Reduced risk of further injury

For the sports person, Sports Massage may help in the following scenarios:

  • Pre event: to enhance optimal performance – by stimulating the circulation, calming nervous tension, and improve flexibility
  • Post event to relieve soreness and assist with the removal of lactic acid and other waste products
  • During training to deal with existing injuries, and to allow you to train to your full potential and recover optimally

What to expect

The therapist will begin by taking a full medical history. They will then physically assess the problem area, as well as looking at surrounding muscles and joints. This is done in order to understand why an injury has taken place. The sports massage will then be applied to the necessary areas. After such a massage you are often required to carry out specific home exercises in order to compliment the treatment and aid recovery.

Side effects of Sports Massage

Sports massage is not designed to relax and pamper you – its purpose is to speed up your recovery time from exercise and help to prevent future injuries:

  • Tiredness due to the release of toxins
  • More visits to the toilet to get rid of waste and toxins
  • Headaches or nausea
  • Spots may occur due to released toxins
  • Flare up of previously suppressed conditions
  • Soreness in muscles


Aftercare advice

  • Drink plenty of water or herbal teas
  • Avoid tea, coffee or other caffeine products
  • Cut down on smoking and alcohol for the next 24 hours
  • Avoid heavy meals for the next few hours
  • Avoid driving immediately after treatment if you feel excessively drowsy
  • Make time to relax
  • As oils have been used avoid sunbathing/ sun-bed use for 24 hours


If you would like to book a Sports Massage, have any questions or would like some more information, then please do get in touch.