Sports Massage VS Deep Tissue Massage

Details & benefits

What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage is a deep form of soft tissue work and specifically aims to help the athlete recover or enhance performance. Sports massage can be used for pre-event massage, post event massage, to address chronic or acute injury and as well for maintenance.

Benefits of Sports Massage:

  • Increased joint range of motion
  • Increased flexibility.
  • Increased sense of well-being.
  • Decreased muscle tension and spasms.
  • Decreased neurological excitability
  • Better sleep.

What is deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of muscles and connective tissues.

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage:

  • Stress Relief.
  • Reduces Pain.
  • Breaks Up Scar Tissue & Makes Movement Easier.
  • Reduces Arthritis Symptoms.
  • Rehabilitates Injured Muscles.


Sports massage earns its name from targeting injuries that are specific to sports, whereas deep tissue massage is more specifically focused on chronic muscle tension and stress reduction.

Other Specialties

Types of Treatment

Trigger Point Release

The pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues called “trigger points.” Myofascial release focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness in the trigger points.


Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a popular treatment for myofascial restriction. IASTM uses specially designed instruments to provide a mobilizing effect to scar tissue and myofascial adhesions. Several IASTM tools and techniques are available such as the Graston technique.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues.

Sports Nutrition

Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases and promote your overall health.