Sports massage may be suited more for athletes, a patient with a specific complaint, or a patient that is not comfortable with a normal massage. This form of massage can be very different from a typical massage. Depending on what the patient requests, this form may not include sheets, oil, dim lighting, and the patient would be fully clothed. However, this type of massage can be interspersed with other forms of massage. This technique is often termed ‘muscle release therapy’ and often used by other professions (chiropractors, physiotherapists).
This technique involves the doctor shortening the muscle and taking tension lengthwise along the muscle. Then the doctor or the patient will put the targeted muscle through its range of motion to ultimately lengthen it fully. This lengthening of the muscle while being tensioned allows the hypertonicity of the muscle and trigger points to be treated effectively.
A sports massage allows the doctor to target certain problem areas and treat according to what is found through examination. This is perfect for an athletic person, or a population that isn’t comfortable with the tradition set-up of a massage.