Basic concept of Massage?
Massage is a treatment used by physiotherapists to stimulate the soft tissues in your body
(muscles, ligaments, tendons) in order to relieve pain, improve circulation and relax you.
There are a number of different techniques that the physiotherapist’s at Extra Care
Physiotherapymay use depending on your symptoms:
using gentle touch and can be used at the start or the end of your massage to soften the tissues, increase blood flow to the muscles and provide a general calming feeling.
Deep tissue massage-
this can reach and loosen very deep muscles that may be stiff from an injury or poor posture. Deep massage increases the delivery of blood flow to these muscles and will remove any toxins that may have built up.
this uses circular techniques in smaller areas and can help to break up any scar tissue and stretch tight muscles to increasing their range of movement.
these are smaller deep movements of the thumbs or fingers that aims to break down scar tissue and improve circulations of the area. Frictions are commonly used for sporting injuries and help to reduce pain and encourage the healing process.
What Activates a Trigger Point?
Each muscle has potential trigger points which can become activated by muscle overuse, inflammation, trauma, electrolyte imbalances, infections and nerve pain.
These trigger points can cause pain over the muscle affected or refer pain and thus be felt in another area
of the body. Other trigger points are only felt when the muscle is directly palpated by the therapist.
How Can Trigger Point Therapy Help You?
Why go for massage ?
The physiotherapists at Extra Care Physiotherapy use massage to treat various symptoms:
Tension from headaches and migraines
Pain from muscular injuries such as low back pain
Stress and anxiety related problems
Tendon injuries e.g. tennis and golfers elbow, Achilles tendonitis
Reduced range of movement of your joints
Swelling in the lymphatic system after a mastectomy
If you suffer from any of these symptoms then please call Extra Care Physiotherapy on 0522-4960007 to arrange
an immediate appointment with one of our specialist physiotherapists.
Where to utilise Massage
The use of massage as a physiotherapy treatment will produce a number of benefits by:
Increasing the blood flow to the muscles and removing waste products from the area which may be causing pain, swelling and restricting movement
Stretching any tight muscles
Relieving tension and that could be causing headaches or migraines
Draining fluid from the lymphatic system and encouraging the flow of blood back to the heart (Increased Healing)
Providing an overall calming and relaxing experience by releasing endorphins
Breaking down adhesions and scar tissue from an injury
Improved recovery paired with reduced Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
Improving the tone of your muscles and therefore reducing the likelihood of injury (maintains healthy muscles)