Not many people actually realise that there is a difference between these two approaches in massage therapy and in the way the therapist is trained.
The key difference is in the way in which the therapist structures the treatment plan and its focus on the desired outcome for the patient or client,
different treatment modalities may be used in both practices to complement the end result, and the consideration of use of the correct techniques and their application is paramount in the successful outcome of the treatment.
With Sports Massage Therapy the general aim is to offer one of the following treatments:
Pre-Event Sports Massage, Post-Event Sports Massage, Restorative Sports Massage
or Rehabilitative Sports Massage, all of which tend to be aimed at the treatment of spasms, soreness, tension and trigger points (Knots).
Clinical Massage therapy however is aimed at helping alleviate pain & discomfort connected to soft tissue injuries & dysfunctions such as: Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Rotator cuff syndrome, Sciatica, Plantar Fasciitis, Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow, Frozen Shoulder, Fibromyalgia.
The former, Sports Massage very much focuses on athletes & sports persons as clients,
thus the treatments tend to be focused in bringing the athlete back to full peak health & competitive condition, whereas with later, clinical massage focuses on people with specific issues which are causing them pain and perhaps reduced mobility,
therefore clinical massage therapy aim's to bring the them back to full health by helping reduce their pain and regain mobility so that they may continue their normal daily activities.