Soft Tissue Massage / Mobilisation
Chartered Physiotherapists are highly trained and skilled in soft tissue massage.
What is massage?
Massage is a “hands-on” treatment in which a therapist mobilises and manipulates soft tissues of the body, ie muscle, fascia etc to improve health and well-being.
There are many different types of massage
Usually carried out by masseurs and beauticians, frequently in spas, and as the name suggests it is a relaxing technique designed to de-stress and relax the body and mind.
Most people can do some form of self massage or massage on a friend or family member without harm.
If massaging at home the important things to remember are:
- Mould your hand to the body part
- Use firm but even pressure
- Do not just rub over the skin, move the flesh beneath
- Do not massage over bone but stay over muscle and soft tissue
- Keep contact with the body, if you keep breaking contact it is un-nerving and breaks the relaxation
- Use oil to reduce friction – depending on the desired effect, eg: relax muscle, induce sleep etc., select suitable aromatherapy oils
Chartered Physiotherapists will use various massage techniques for therapeutic reasons. They receive extensive training in massage.
Massage has been practiced as a healing therapy for centuries in nearly every culture around the world.
There are a huge number of benefits to therapeutic massage:
- Relieve muscle tension, and relax tight or knotted muscles
- Reduce stress in muscles and hence body
- Improve circulation and increase flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells
- Remove unwanted waste products or toxins from muscles and cells
- Reduce swelling
- Promote healing
- Break down adhesions and scars
- Release Myofascial Trigger Points
- Stimulate healing of injured tissues
- Increase range of joint motion and flexibility
- Improve skin condition and muscle tone
- Strengthen immune system by stimulating lymph flow in body
- Improved energy levels by improving oxygenation of muscles, decreasing pain etc.
- Reduce chronic pain
- Enhance immunity through lymph flow stimulation
Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems.
Many conditions may benefit from therapeutic massage.
Chronic or long term aches and pains
Sports injuries, hamstring, groin, calf etc
Neck & Back Pain
Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
Whiplash and accidents
Arthritis (Rheumatoid and osteo)
TMJ or jaw complaints
Frozen shoulder and other joint pains
Types of Soft Tissue Massage and Mobilisation
- Deep Transverse Frictions
- Myofascial Trigger Point Release
- Fascial Release
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)