Nowadays it’s not unlikely if you’ve got a few aches and pains in your body; the society we live in sees us crouched over desks, phones and tablets and even though we’re living longer, we’re aging quicker.
With that in mind it comes as no surprise that our bodies are struggling, especially considering most of us are leading inactive lifestyles. Regular sports massage, therapy and rehabilitation can help combat the systematic gripes your joints and muscles may give you, but with so many recovery options out there, how do you know what is best for your body?
What’s the difference between a deep tissue massage and a sports massage?
On the surface, they sound like the same thing, but there are some differences between the two depending on what your troubles are. Let’s explore:
What’s a Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage boasts many benefits: improving posture, alleviating painful and tight muscles and helping you to recover from injury.
There any many skilled techniques that are used in deep tissue massage, and these techniques are applied using different levels of compression to the body using the forearm, elbow, thumbs and knuckles to exert more pressure.
The intensity of the pressure alters throughout the treatment, sometimes you’ll feel a movement that mimics kneading bread, this is to improve the blood flow, then there’s rapid, rhythmic moving or slow and intense pressure. You’ll probably experience a range of emotions during this treatment, too. Take it from us, you will get through the discomfort. No pain, no gain and whatnot.
During this treatment, your therapist will check that the pressure and intensity is okay. If it gets a little too much for you, breathe deeply through the discomfort, but if it gets way too much, just let your therapist known and they will ease up. They work at a slow and steady pace and your health and comfort is at the top of the list of priorities.
What’s a Sports Massage?
Sports massages take a similar approach, but they’re usually used for preventing and treating injury and/or enhancing physical performance. As with deep tissue massages, these types of high-pressure massages can encourage the muscles to dissipate and rid the lactic acid build up.
You’ll usually find that sports massages are most effective pre- or post-workout. So, if you’ve just run a marathon, the chances of needing some rehabilitation in the form of a massage are high. Some sportsmen and women also get a massage before a big event to get the blood flowing, muscles warmed up, and the body ready for the impending exercise.
You don’t have to be an athlete or a gym rat to get a sports massage – they are ideal for anyone that’s physically active. So whether you’re training for a marathon, preparing for a bodybuilding competition or doing light to moderate exercise, sports massages can help with muscle recovery, and prevention of injury.
Which is Better: Sports Massage or Deep Tissue Massage?
Neither are relaxing; these are definitely not the types of massages that you’d get on a spa day. Which is better for you is definitely down to personal preference, but if you’re active, it’s probably best to go down the sports massage route, whereas, if you’re struggling with muscle and joint pain, opt for deep tissue massages.
How to Book in for a Sports Massage or Deep Tissue Massage?
If you’ve got a niggle in your joint or muscles and are looking for an alternative to taking medication, try a regular session with a recovery therapist to help you mend from a sports injury, recover from chronic pain, improve posture and prevent further problems.
If you’re still confused, get in touch with our expert team of highly-qualified therapists, who can advise you on the next steps.