Sports massage therapy is a manual manipulation of the muscles tailored toward helping athletes and people who have physically demanding lifestyles.

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What is Sports Massage Therapy?

Sports massage therapy can help people move and perform pain free through a combination of different manual therapy techniques.

This kind of therapeutic massage focuses on the impact of certain activities on specific joints, muscle groups, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue groups. Professional massage therapists assess an individual and create a specialized massage therapy plan to meet the individual’s specific needs.

With constant wear and tear and repetitive strain as well as overuse in the human body, we recommend therapeutic massages as part of your training program to keep you in shape. It is also beneficial to individuals in need of remedial or soft tissue mobilization, those suffering from everyday injuries, chronic pain, or restricted state of motion.

Benefits of Sports Massage Therapy

Provides pain relief: Sports massage is used to decrease pain. During massage sessions, morphine-like substances are stimulated; these substances signal the brain to override pain sensations in the body, making the body feel relaxed.

Helps loosen tight muscles: Massage techniques like wringing and skin rolling can help move the tissues transversely, stretch muscle fibers, and fascia compartments largely. Muscles are also lifted and moved over supporting structures. Muscle bundles are separated and stretched, which increases flexibility and extensibility. This will improve performance and reduce the risk of injury.

Maximizes performance: Sports massage therapy helps the body recover after exercise, it also helps prevent injury. It inwardly prepares the athlete ready for any event. Because of its calming and rejuvenation effects, an athlete can exercise more, making them fit and ready for any occasion.

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Sports Massage Therapy Techniques

Soft Tissue Therapy: Is used to help treat several different musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction through a combination of techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point release, deep tissue massage along with joint mobilizations. Soft tissue therapy can also help with keeping different soft tissues such as muscles, tendons and ligaments healthy and mobile.

Cupping Therapy: Cupping therapy is a modality where local suction is created on the skin for a therapeutic effect. Cupping therapy can help with relieving muscle tension and tightness, but it can also help anyone with pain and stiffness. Cupping also helps increase local circulation to the affected areas and creating more space in between the different layers of tissues.

Scraping Therapy: Also known as Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is a technique where the practitioner gently scrapes the tissue with different handheld instruments to help break down the scar tissue along with different fascial restrictions that may be adhered and stuck in the area. Scraping can also help with improving one’s mobility and tissue pliability.

Who is Sports Massage Therapy for?

When a professionally trained sports massage therapist regularly massages muscles, an athlete decreases their risk of injury. Massage provides the support that the body needs to perform safely and confidently.

This massage treatment is appropriate for all, it is not meant for only athletes as the name implies. If you engage in physical activities that leave you sore after the process, sports massage is for you. If you are in the sporting field and want to stay on top of your game, sports massage is a very beneficial therapy that should be included in your training sessions.

Whether you’re a desk job worker, fitness enthusiast or performance athlete, sports massage therapy can be beneficial for anybody wanting to optimize their health and promote longevity in their life and/or sport.

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Olympic Weightlifters

Taylor Findlay

Olympic Weightlifting heavily relies on power, mobility and stability. Form assessments and different therapeutic techniques are used to help free up hypertonic muscles and promote proper technique to excel in the sport.


Dylan Wong

The sport of Powerlifting requires a tremendous amount of strength and stability. We help powerlifters with proper technique and form to promote longevity in the sport along with rehabilitating chronic injuries with therapy and exercise prescription

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu requires an enormous amount of flexibility, mobility and most importantly, stability. We help our clients improve these elements to prevent injuries while training and increase longevity in the sport through strength and conditioning and therapy

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Ertugrul Koparan
Ertugrul Koparan
Thank you Chi Hai for helping me fix up my ongoing pain.
antik sarker
antik sarker
One of the best physiotherapy places out there because of the great gym facilities and people, everyone is very knowledgeable and skillful with an amazing attitude.
Joshua Baylon
Joshua Baylon
First time at Lu Strength and overall an excellent experience. My first session was with Chi and he walked me through all the proper steps in order to get myself back into full shape. He was very informative and knowledgeable on the situation and made things as comfortable as possible. He’s a great guy and I’d highly recommend your next physiotherapy session with Chi if you get the chance!
James Ban
James Ban
To me what separates James from other therapists I have worked with is the knowledge base and his focus on injury prevention. Powerlifting carries tons of risk for injuries and I am glad James can help me continue on my hobby without suffering from debilitating injuries. The exercises he gave me to do after our sessions helped me a ton in strengthening stabilizers that translated to extra pounds on the rack. I work with him about once a month and he's been great at pin-pointing what I need to feel better and perform better. Highly recommended.
Abbas K
Abbas K
Been working with James for years, he’s very knowledgeable in his field. Highly recommend!
Dani Dossantos
Dani Dossantos
What sets Lu Strength & Therapy apart is the level of care and attention they provide. From the moment I walked in, I was greeted with a warm and friendly atmosphere that instantly put me at ease. The team is incredibly knowledgeable and skilled. They exceeded my expectations in terms of expertise, professionalism, and customer service. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of physiotherapy services.
Kerry Dennison
Kerry Dennison
Working with James has been nothing short of amazing. Through just a few short questions, he's able to 100% nail whatever issue it is I'm having and the exercises he prescribes have me feeling better in usually 2 weeks or less. As someone who has been competing in powerlifting for a decade and always needing to be on my game, this is invaluable to me. Highly, highly recommend James to anyone who has something troubling them! No 6 month scam plans or other money grabbing tactics like at other places, just honesty and real results in my experience!
Cassidy Ip
Cassidy Ip
Alcina was very knowledgeable and friendly. She showed me a few exercises to work on at home and even went above and beyond to email me the list in case I forget. Friendly front desk. Quick check in and check out. It was such a great experience!!
Nathaniel Sagman
Nathaniel Sagman
James has helped me recover and at the same time understand the body more than any other place I've been! I'm very grateful for the guidance and exercises (with videos) that James has provided me with.

Our facility is located conveniently in Scarborough (McCowan and Highway 401) and easily accessible from Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Pickering, Mississauga and Brampton


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