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Say Goodbye to Tight Muscles with Sports Massage Therapy Treatment

February 29th, 2024

Tight muscles are a common complaint among athletes and individuals leading active lifestyles. Whether you’re a professional athlete or simply someone who enjoys regular workouts, the discomfort of tight muscles can hinder your performance and overall well-being. Sports massage therapy offers a targeted and effective solution to reduce muscle stiffness and keep you at the top of your game.

What’s Sports Massage?

Sports massage is a specialized form of massage therapy administered by a registered massage therapist (RMT). It’s tailored to the unique needs of athletes and physically active individuals. This therapy focuses on improving muscle function, enhancing performance and accelerating recovery from physical activity. You don’t need a physician’s referral to book a sports therapy massage.

How Sports Massage Treats Tight Muscles

Sports massage has many benefits for people who want to remain active. Here are five ways massage therapy can help you feel your best.

  • Increase blood flow. Sports massage utilizes a combination of techniques, including deep tissue massage and stretching, to increase blood flow to the muscles. This enhanced circulation helps deliver vital nutrients and oxygen to muscle tissues while removing metabolic waste products. This process can reduce muscle stiffness and promote overall muscle health.


  • Release muscle tension. Tight muscles are often the result of tension and knots that can form due to overuse or strenuous physical activity. Sports massage can relieve tight muscles by applying specific pressure to release knots and adhesions. This targeted approach not only provides immediate relief but also contributes to improved muscle flexibility and range of motion.


  • Prevent injury. Regular sports massage can help prevent injuries by identifying and addressing areas of muscle imbalance or weakness. By keeping muscles supple and balanced, athletes are less prone to strains, sprains and other injuries that can be caused by tight or overworked muscles.


  • Enhance recovery. After intense workouts or competitions, the body can experience muscle soreness and fatigue. Sports massage aids in the recovery process by reducing inflammation and soreness, allowing athletes to bounce back more quickly and return to their training regimens with minimal downtime.


  • Improve performance. Beyond treating tight muscles, sports massage can also contribute to enhanced athletic performance. By optimizing muscle function, flexibility and range of motion, athletes can perform at their peak, achieving greater strength, endurance and agility.

Sports Massage Therapy in Metro Vancouver

At Legacies Health Centre, our team will help you return to your game and enhance your athletic performance. We work with elite athletes who play for the B.C. Lions and the Vancouver Canucks, as well as amateur athletes of all types. Contact us today to book an appointment with a registered massage therapist (RMT) at one of our clinics in Burnaby, North Vancouver,  Surrey Southpoint and Surrey Nordel.

Ryan Abreu | RMT

Ryan Abreu has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2013. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and completed his Massage Therapy program at Sutherland Chan School & Teaching Clinic in 2012. He practiced in Ontario for 2 years before moving his practice to B.C.

He has many years of sports therapy experience including treating the BC Lions Football team since 2017. He has also instructed the sports outreach program for WCCMT students at UBC and Douglas College.