Sports massage can reduce pain in two ways. Firstly, a relaxing sports massage will release endorphins in the body and these endorphins will act as a natural pain killer which helps to reduce pain. Secondly, sports massage works to reduce pain because the receptors under your skin that feel pain are also responsible for your sense of touch. The sensory system feels touch before it feels pain.
Therefore, when your physio is giving you a sports massage your body’s sense of touch will block the pain receptors during the sports massage itself. Sports massage can also be a great tool to destress and unwind.