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Sports Massage In Manchester

Why choose Total Restore for sports massage in Manchester?

Whether you score goals for Wythenshawe Amateurs or Manchester City, turn to Total Restore for your sports massage in Manchester.  We offer Premier League style service at League One prices, thanks to our specially trained sports physiotherapists.

You’re in excellent hands with Total Restore; all of our Manchester based physiotherapists are chartered and registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC), and are all sports lovers with some having been athletes themselves.

  So whether you’re returning from a sports injury or wish to maintain peak performance, you have come to the right place.


What is sports massage? 

Did you know that in the first Olympic games of 776 BC, athletes had massages before their events? Sports massage therapy has been used for centuries – because it works!

Sports massage involves the manipulation and management of the soft tissues in the body to alleviate and rehabilitate the musculoskeletal system. Soft tissues includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. Sports massage helps to resolve imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive movements and strenuous physical exercise. Prior to and after exercise it can enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.


What is sports physiotherapy? 

Sports physiotherapy is the prevention, management, rehabilitation and enhancement of exercise and sports related injury and performance. The most common sporting injuries are to the head, shoulders, hamstrings, knees and ankles. Sports massage is a key element to sports physiotherapy, and will always be part of the overall rehab plan.

Benefits of sports massage at Total Restore:


  • Highly experienced and fully qualified physiotherapists;
  • A wealth of experience and knowledge of sports injuries;
  • Personalised treatment plans to ensure a quick recovery;
  • Realistic prices for initial and subsequent appointments.

How can sports physiotherapy at Total Restore help you?


  • Injury prevention, advice and techniques;
  • Identifying any previous injuries that have not healed;
  • Teaching correct techniques for warming up, stretching and cooling down;
  • Individually tailored sports physiotherapy treatment programmes;
  • Bio-mechanical assessments;
  • Individualised exercise programmes to correct muscle imbalances, improve movement patterns and strength;
  • Preventing injury reoccurrences.

Sports massage has 3 basic forms: pre-event, post-event and maintenance massage, to prepare the body for sports and maintain it in optimal function both during and after. Sports massage can also be used for postural muscle tension; that means that you do not need to be a sports enthusiast to benefit! It is suitable for a wide variety of people who are wishing to prevent or recover from general tension or soft tissue injury from overuse or repetitive strain injuries, whether it be from sports or just the daily strain of sitting in our office chairs all day.

So, whether you’re an athlete or training for your first 5k run, here are the top 10 benefits of a sports massage.

  • 1Preventing injury and injury rehabilitation by restoring and optimising the mobility, flexibility and tone in muscle tissue. Sports massage can speed up recovery healing times and alleviate soft tissue injury, strains and soreness.
  • 2Pain reduction. Sports massage techniques manipulate muscles, tendons and fascia to reduce tired muscles from strain, aches and pains. Sports massage prevents or treats a condition called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This condition happens a few hours after exercise, and can not only be painful but also effects function.
  • 3Improved blood and lymph circulation by increasing blood supply we increase oxygen uptake and removal of lactic acid and by-product toxins which can build up in muscle tissue, reducing cramping. Increased lymph draining can help to reduce swelling in joints and muscles.
  • 4Restore and re-balance muscle imbalances by focusing on and treating specific muscles to achieve better quality and harmonious movement.
  • 5For relaxation, wellness and to reduce anxiety. Heart and breathing rates slow, blood pressure lowers, cortisol (our stress hormone) production decreases, serotonin levels increase (our happy hormone) and muscles relax. Massages make you happy!
  • 6Restoring flexibility, mobility and muscle recovery. By relaxing, stretching and normalising soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and deeper connective tissue). Muscles massaged after exercise have fewer damaged fibres and less signs of white blood cells meaning the body does not have to work as hard to repair after exercise.
  • 7Improved tissue metabolism and scar tissue re modelling. Scar tissue from muscle damage can be a limiting factor in exercise.Addressing scar tissue early can help to minimise secondary scar tissue problems such as pain, nerve impingement, postural malalignment, prohibited circulation and risk of future potential injury.
  • 8Improves sleep. Reduces cortisol and increases serotonin levels to lead to a more restful nights’ sleep.
  • 9Boosts immune defence. By decreasing cortisol levels our immune cells become less compromised. Additional white blood cells help to ward off illness.
  • 10Improved function, energy and performance. Prepares you physically and mentally for optimum performance and productivity.

Who turns to Total Restore?

Sporty types of all shapes and sizes living in and around Manchester turn to us for sports massage.

Whether you’re competing at amateur or professional level, our treatment packages are second to none. One of our physiotherapists, Sarah, was even seen at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow; she was involved in the polyclinic.

Our Manchester clinic is located in the city centre, just a two minute walk from Deansgate on St Ann’s Square.

If you have private health insurance, we cover most popular plans, including those underwritten by SimplyHealth, BUPA and AVIVA.

As well as impact injuries usually from football, rugby, and athletics, we can work with people suffering repetitive strain injuries, particularly from playing racquet sports, or using golf clubs, hockey or lacrosse sticks.

Talk to us today

Massage, you know you KNEAD it! Contact us today to book a sports massage with one of our Physiotherapists to keep you at your best.

If you have any sports massage physiotherapy related queries, would like to make a booking, or would like to enquire about our other services – general musculoskeletal physiotherapy, acupuncturepilates would like to book an appointment, call us on 0161 833 3008 or email via