SOFT TISSUE MASSAGE / MOBILISATION
Chartered Physiotherapists are highly trained and skilled in soft tissue massage and mobilsation of soft tissues within the body.
Types of Soft Tissue Massage and Mobilisation
- Deep Transverse Frictions
- Myofascial Trigger Point Release
- Fascial Release
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
- 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
Relaxing massage is 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. It is the ultimate in hands on therapy and we believe in it’s therapeutic benefits.
Effects of Therapeutic Massage:
There are a huge number of benefits to therapeutic massage and it’e effects last long after the massage is complete:
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
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.
Conditions which benefit from Therapeutic Massage:
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