Dumping the Clutch: Massage Therapy and Physiotherapy are NOT the same thing!

Massage Therapy and Physiotherapy are NOT the same thing! But what’s the difference…?

Within racing, there is a common misconception that physiotherapy and massage therapy are the same thing.

But this is not true.

In this blog, we will briefly describe the differences between the two and how they can help improve your race results*.



Physiotherapist performing joint manipulation.

Both physiotherapy and massage therapy have their foundations in healing the human body.

Physiotherapy is a clinical practice within the healthcare sector (for example, the NHS).

Physiotherapy aims to assess, diagnose and prevent disease and disability. This is done via physical methods (i.e. joint and limb manipulation) and movement exercises, rather than through prescribing medication or having surgery.

As well as this, physiotherapists will often provide education and advice to patients, on how to recover quicker and preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of an injury/disease reoccurring. Normally, this is done by giving their patients exercises to do at home, as well as at their appointment.

More often than not, physiotherapists work with patients who have neurological, neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular or respiratory illness or diseases (such as cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, heart diseases, etc.). However, some practitioners go on to specialise in sports physiotherapy.


A massage therapist performing ‘kneading’ to the trapezius area

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is sometimes described as a ‘more hands on’ approach to relieving pain.

Massage therapy increases the bodies circulation (how quickly and efficiently blood is pumped round the body), breaks down scar tissue, eliminates ‘knots’ and removes any waste products from your muscles (like lactic acid).

Here at Full Throttle, we offer massage therapy to our riders both trackside and at our base.

Massage therapy involves the soft tissue of the body being manipulated (or ‘massaged’) to help to:

  • Eliminate or reduce pain caused by racing injuries
  • Get rid of muscle stiffness from training or racing (DOMS)
  • Increase your muscular and overall recovery rate
  • Promote the rehabilitation of damaged muscle fibres, tendons and ligaments.

Massage therapy also increases relaxation (which helps you or sleep better) whilst you are racing on consecutive days. This then raises your energy levels, ready for your next big race.

One of Full Throttle’s biggest sellers is our ‘arm-pump reduction massage’. This intensive massage has resulted in 100% of our clients saying that they experienced a dramatic reduction or complete ELIMINATION of arm pump all together! How good is that?

To find out more about our rider specific massage treatments (including our arm-pump reduction massage) and to receive our price list, please email us via the contact box below.

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*It is important to realise these differences are generalisations, and you should research both physiotherapy and massage therapy thoroughly to choose which practice is best for you.



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