The role of massage in the treatment of injuries includes assessment, treatment and supporting rehabilitation. Massage can help release adhesion in the muscles, gently encourage increased blood flow to injured areas, reduce the impact of tight muscles on the injured area, and more. Massage is increasingly recognised as a first line of treatment for a range of injuries. Time spent by the therapist working hands-on can make significant impact on the course of the injury and recovery. Some athletes consider it a better choice for many ailments than less “hands-on” treatments or a drug based treatment.
Where appropriate, the sports massage therapist may recommend consulting another professional such as a physiotherapist, chiropractor or doctor and may work alongside them.