What is 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 Physio.co.uk may use depending on your symptoms:
- Stroking- 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.
- Kneading- 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.
- Frictions- 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 can massage help with?
The physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk 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
- Muscle spasm
- Sleep problems
How does massage help?
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)
Who will benefit from massage?
Anyone can benefit from massage and our musculoskeletal physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk will be able to tailor your treatment depending on your personal needs. Whether you are preparing for a sports event, recovery from an injury or would just like to have a relaxing and uplifting experience then please call Physio.co.uk today on 0330 088 7800 to arrange an appointment with one of our musculoskeletal physiotherapists. You can also book an appointment online today!