Deep tissue massage and sports massage both work to release tension and relieve pain in the muscles and connective tissues. Likewise, both massage treatments will use the same manual techniques during the course of therapy.
However, it’s worth remembering that the two massage therapies also have different goals, and will be working towards slightly different outcomes.
A course of deep tissue massage treatment will often seek to simply relieve muscle pain, tightness and abnormality, as well as relieving stress and promoting overall wellbeing. However, it also has rehabilitation benefits for people who are seeking relief from sports-related injuries.
By contrast sports massage therapy is more carefully tailored to treating the common muscle injuries, strains and weaknesses brought about by regular sporting or athletic activity. However, it is worth mentioning that you do not have to be a professional athlete to benefit from sports massage therapy.
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