Massage therapy is when superficial and deep layers of muscles and connective tissue are manipulated through pressure to the body. Our physiotherapist uses massage to aid the healing process, in order to enhance function.
Who Is Massage Therapy Suitable For?
Many people are able to benefit from massage therapy, as it affects areas all over the body. Our specialist physiotherapist regularly treats people with symptoms including:
- Neck and back pain
- General fatigue
- Muscle pain
- Sports injuries
Our physiotherapist will use different types of massage to ensure that you get the most from your session. We regularly administer treatments such as:
- Pre or post event
- Deep tissue massage
- Trigger point massage
- Sports massage
- Massage for relxation
Benefits of Massage Treatment
There are many benefits of massage therapy, which can positively affect your physical and mental wellbeing. These may include:
- Improved posture
- Relief of tension and stiffness in muscles
- Reduction of pain and swelling
- Increase flexibility and range if motion
- Decrease in inflammation
- Reduction of scar tissue
- Reduction of muscle cramps
- Increase in serotonin and endorphins
- Increased release of red blood cells
- Reduced heart rate and blood pressure
- Anxiety and stress relief
- Faster healing times
Massage is an excellent form of physiotherapy treatment, and can help you to recover as quickly as possible. It is often used in combination with other treatment methods, including exercise programmes and mobilisation of joints, to regain your maximum potential and function.
Exercise can be difficult on the body, leading to the development of trigger points in the muscles. These fibrotic contractures can lead to further complications such as longer healing times and reduced blood flow, and can inhibit the potential of your muscles.
When the tissues in your body are injured, especially when muscles tear, your immune system triggers a response that forms bands of scar tissue.
This is completely normal and the adhesions that formed will change and adapt for months. Sometimes they cause no problems and go away naturally.
However, for people who have had serious or repetitive injuries, the scar tissue can cause the wound to heal at a reduced rate and even prevent full healing. They may change the way your muscles look, and the formation on a microscopic level.