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Manual Therapy With A Purpose

If you’ve spent any time in sports circles, you’ve probably heard of sports massage. Manual therapy continues to grow in prominence as scientific research catches up with what most coaches, trainers, and athletes have known for years: it helps.  Every year, more pro teams make investments in massage therapists, often keeping them on their payrolls indefinitely.  So what is sports massage exactly?  And what sets it apart from a spa treatment?

To put things simply, sports massage is manual therapy designed specifically to help active people meet their goals—whether those goals consist of enhancing their performance or recovering from an injury.  Unlike a spa or relaxation treatment, in which the therapist may use a routine to cover the entire body, sports therapists work in a more specific manner to address a particular problem or to work toward a particular goal, using whatever tools necessary to achieve those ends. At Revive Sports Recovery, we take four different approaches in our care for our clients: 


An athlete’s body endures a great deal of stress from repeated activity, and sports massage helps combat the demands of regular physical training. We use sports massage and Fascial Stretch Therapy to make sure the machine stays tuned up, to encourage elasticity in chronically tight tissues, and to prevent injuries from happening. We also work to help clients achieve their goals, like increasing range of motion in a joint or relieving trigger points that may impede performance (10).


In our respective careers, we've witnessed how important massage can be in injury recovery. It reduces swelling, helps ease restrictions and scar tissue in acute cases, increases tissue permeability and elasticity, and encourages oxygen-rich blood flow into areas that need it, which promotes healing (2, 8). We employ a wide scope of modalities when it comes to getting you back on your feet, some of which include stretching, friction, deep tissue, trigger-point therapy, myofascial, hydrotherapy, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, and finally, strengthening exercise. Our goal is to get you back in your arena more quickly.


In a pre-event treatment, our intent is to prepare the tissue for activity. We want to warm it up, to help it react. Usually done the same day as the event, this work consists of faster, lighter, and shorter work. Among other benefits, it has been shown to help athletes monitor muscle tone and achieve enhanced performance (1, 2, 8).


Post-event massage usually happens within a few hours after activity. This work aims to help tissues recover from the stress of activity. Athletes will typically call this kind of treatment a “flush,” in which longer, smoother strokes help stimulate circulation and lymph flow, shortening recovery times and decreasing the severity of delayed onset muscle soreness (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). This type of treatment may involve stretching to maintain range of motion post-exercise.

Our treatments last approximately 60 minutes—a little longer than they would in our training rooms.  Our team of therapists will customize each session to meet your own unique set of soft tissue needs.  Whether you've got an injury, a lingering pain, or just need a tune-up, Revive Sports Recovery has it covered.



Whole Body Cryotherapy

Welcome to the octagon.

In this cryotherapy sauna, temperatures dip to a brisk -200ºF using sub-zero nitrogen gas to flood the chamber. Sound like science-fiction? We promise, there's no carbonite here, Han Solo.

Cold therapies have been used for centuries for their anti-inflammatory effects. If you've ever sustained a sports injury, you're likely familiar with polar plunges, contrast baths, whirlpools, and good old-fashioned ice bags. Like a plunge, whole-body cryo focuses on the systemic effects of extreme cold on the body for a short period of time.

Treatments last no longer than 3 minutes, during which time the top layer of the skin is lowered to nearly 32ºF. Exposing the body to an extreme environment in a controlled way triggers an emergency response, which releases anti-inflammatory enzymes, stimulates lymphatic and immune efficiency, and sends oxygen-rich blood to places in the body that need it, aiding in faster recovery times.


NormaTec Compression Boots

Besides rest and elevation, what's the age-old companion to cold therapies? Compression.

These dynamic compression sleeves have pioneered rapid recovery, making them well-known and well-used in professional circles.

Using a patented pattern to massage your limbs using separate air chambers, the boots assist in mobilizing fluid and speeding up recovery.