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Post workout massage is used for its physiological benefits in helping the body to recover more quickly after intense training or workout.

A quicker and more complete recovery enables people to continue training sooner. Massage post workout can provide benefits of reduced tension, removal of waste products, increased range of movement and improved feeling of relaxation. Massage therapists at Manchester Physio provide massage therapy services post workout to treat a range of conditions

What types of massage are mainly used post workout?

At Manchester Physio our massage therapists use a variety of techniques for a post workout massage. Common techniques used post workout includes: Techniques such as effleurage, kneading, rolling, myofascial release and lymphatic drainage all contribute to the recovery process after an exercise session. Lymphatic drainage massage is applied to skin in an upwards direction. Lymphatic drainage massage aims to stimulate the lymphatic system and allow natural drainage of waste products to occur.

Post workout massage treatment on lower leg in manchester clinic

Kneading and rolling techniques use pressure on the muscles to release tension built up from exercise. Relieving tension can prevent symptoms of delayed onset muscle soreness. Myofascial release is used across large areas of body, (e.g. back and hamstrings). Myofascial release is focused on applying gentle traction to relieve any tightness and restricted movement. Myofascial release allows the muscle to be stretched after exercise preventing tightness to occur and restricting flexibility.

Post workout massage focused on vastus lateralis and illio-tibial bandAbove: Post workout massage focused on vastus lateralis and illio-tibial band

What are the benefits of a massage post workout?

Post workout massage has many benefits. The benefits of massage post workout include: Receiving a massage post workout has many benefits for people participating in regular exercise. The benefits of receiving a massage after exercise include preventing delayed onset muscle soreness, decreasing pain and improving recovery.

Massage helps after exercise to prevent DOMS. DOMS usually occurs several hours after exercise. DOMS is painful and produces stiffness in your muscles. Massage can alleviate pain by relaxing and preventing the muscles from becoming tight. It is important for people participating in regular exercise or training to be able to continue a regime.

Massage helps to reduce pain after exercise by removing waste products, reducing tension and releasing hormones. Massage reduces pain by removing waste products. After exercise, waste products such as lactic acid can build up in the muscles causing soreness and tightness. Specific massage techniques can be used to drain out waste products.

Massage can be used after exercise to help improve recovery. Massage encourages recovery from strenuous exercise or muscular injuries. Massage improves blood flow which can assist healing to damaged and affected areas. Minor injuries and lesions can be repaired quickly and effectively.Massage after exercise quickens the recovery and works to prevent injuries so that training sessions do not have to be missed.

How does post workout massage help?

A massage after exercise helps by flushing out waste products and stimulating the body's healing process.

Massage helps after exercise by removing waste products and toxins out of the muscles. Exercising regularly can promote soreness and fatigue in the muscles caused by a build up of waste products. Lactic acid is produced in the muscles during exercise and contributes towards delayed onset muscle soreness. Delayed onset muscle soreness is the result of microscopic tearing of the muscle fibres. Tearing can be associated with inflammation in the muscle which causes pain. Post workout massage can help to reduce and prevent the effects of delayed onset muscles soreness.

Massage post workout also helps by increasing blood fresh blood to the muscles and help repair any damaged tissues. Fresh blood flow to the muscles after exercise is important in carrying nutrients to the tissues so they can be repaired quickly. Exercise can often be exhausting and have psychological effects on the body. Regular post exercise massage can decrease depression, elevate mood, reduce anxiety and motivate the body to return to an exercise regimen.

Post workout massage of gsatrocnemius and soleus musclesAbove: Post workout massage of gsatrocnemius and soleus muscles


Massage is an effective and beneficial treatment used after exercise. Massage can contribute to a quicker and more complete recovery. A quicker recovery enables people participating in exercise to continue training sooner and reducing risk of injury. Massage techniques are used to relieve tension built up from exercise and stretch out muscle fibers preventing tightness. Massage post workout reduces and prevents the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness. Delayed onset muscle soreness causes pain, stiffness and fatigue which can prevent continuation of training. Massage therapists at Manchester Physio provide massage therapy services for tight muscles to treat a range of conditions.

How can I arrange a post workout massage?

To arrange a post workout massage at Manchester Physio, email us at or call 0161 883 0077.

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