What is a Sports Massage?

The aim of sports massage is to reduce the stress and tension that can build up in the soft tissues of the body during exercise. This form of massage is used to:

  • improve movement
  • improve performance
  • reduce the chance of injury
  • reduce recovery time after an injury

Sports massage is designed to help athletes before, during and after training. It is useful for anyone who exercises to increase flexibility, prevent injuries and help with healing after a sports injury.

Sports massage is specifically tailored to different sports and sporting injuries. It is not a relaxing form of massage and can often be quite strenuous. It works by stretching tight muscles, stimulating inactive muscles and improving the condition of the soft tissue.

Sports massage is very effective at treating soft tissue injuries such as strains, sprains and stress within muscles and around joints. It helps to return muscles to their correct range of motion which can become misaligned through playing sport, exercising or work related posture.

A sports massage helps the body recover from the stresses of exercise and facilitates the rebuilding phase of conditioning. A sports massage helps improve blood and lymph circulation, muscle relaxation and general relaxation. Sports massages also help to flush out waste products and better cell nutrition. The effects of sports massage adds up to the relief of soreness, stiffness, increased flexibility and less chance for future injury. Sports massage is a beneficial treatment to help muscles recover, prevent injuries and prepare the body for future exercise.

Muscle tightness can limit flexibility, increase pain and cause future injuries. Sports massage helps release muscle tightness. A sports massage helps increase blood flow through tight muscles, break down inflexible tissues and stretch out muscle fibres. Using a sports massage regularly to relieve tight muscles can help reduce the chance of injury and maximise performance.

What our clients say...

McNeely Skin and Body- Sports Massage and Therapy ★★★★★
  • Nick Hurrell ★★★★★
    Ryan has been a great help. From our initial consultation to follow up sessions he has offered advise and remedies and fantastic massage for issues with back, neck and knee injuries. Ryan continues to provide excellent treatments that help me feel relexed, energised and motivated to maintain fitness and continue to play competitive sport.
    18/12/22 — a month ago
  • Sarah Booth ★★★★★
    Before visiting Ryan at McNeely Skin and Body I suffered with lower back and shoulder pain. After a couple of session I could feel a real difference, by combining massage with body positioning and using Ryan's exercises for posture I am now pain free and have more movement in all those areas. Due to the nature of my job I now visit on a monthly basis for regular maintenance. Ryan is very knowledgeable, the sessions are very relaxed and I always feel amazing afterwards. Highly recommended 🌟
    13/01/23 — 3 weeks ago
  • Emma.m ★★★★★
    I’ve been going for therapy from Ryan for a while now I suffer with osteoarthritis down my spine knees shoulder and arthritis in my feet.. also anxiety. Ryan on the first consultation sat on the floor and showed me all the demonstrations, and how to sit and just breathe it seems so simple but actually calming breathing... as for treatment he’s been absolutely fantastic I wasn’t living a good quality of life before I met Ryan. The pain was just taking over my life, to the point I barely left the house.. this man has single Handley reduced my pain the massage and cupping has helped enormously my pain is reduced by 80 % with every 2 weekly appointments with him.. Ryan thank you so much for everything. Kindest regards Emma
    06/10/22 — 4 months ago
  • Lee Wrigglesworth ★★★★★
    Ryan is fantastic! Knowledgeable and friendly, with a real passion for helping people. I initially made an appointment due to reoccurring lower back pain - Ryan was able to not only relieve the pain, but also advise on movements and exercises to prevent it coming back in the future. I have also been to Ryan with sports injuries, including pulled muscles, knee/ankle pains, and muscle soreness. He is always able to provide some relief and recovery assistance, would definitely recommend!!
    15/08/22 — 5 months ago
  • Sharon Rachel ★★★★★
    Ryan is very knowledgeable and insightful with a calm demeanour. He fixes my shoulders and back right up even if I'm stiff from a strenuous workout or sleeping wrong. He is easy to be around and accommodates if I have to move my times around a little. I feel very comfortable with him and I highly recommend. My back has certainly improved since going to him.
    13/10/22 — 3 months ago

What next?

If you have any questions about your treatment or would like to book a consultation at our Sports Massage Clinic in Huddersfield please use our online booking system or get in touch with Ryan on 07828883097 or email Ryan@mcneelyskinandbody.co.uk