What is it?
It is a form of manual therapy that involves the manipulation of soft tissues, in pursuit of improving client health and/or well being. This involves varying pressure and movement to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. It can be used in a rehabilitation setting to treat acute and chronic injuries, as well as a preventive measure.
Why seek treatment?
Some of the main benefits include pain management, improvement in joint mobility, reduction of muscular tension, increased circulation , stimulation of the lymphatic system and headache reduction. Research has shown it to be beneficial in treating soft tissue injuries, anxiety/stress, delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), high blood pressure, insomnia and chronic diseases/illnesses such as cancer.
There are a number of different types of massage, with varying focuses and techniques. Here are a few commonly used:
Deep tissue - Deep pressure applied to soft tissues, to help restore range of motion and improve posture. Helps to break up scar tissue built up in muscles.
Swedish - A variety of massage strokes performed to stimulate blood circulation, warm muscle tissue, relieve tension and break up scar tissue. Focus is on relaxation and re-energizing the body.
Trigger point therapy - Therapeutic massage that focuses on releasing trigger points throughout the body. Treatment is directed at the fascial layer to absolve tension at theneuromuscular junction.
Sports massage - A combination of techniques aimed at performance enhancement, injury prevention and treatment.