Has muscle tension been dragging you down? Come and get it soothed away with massage therapy at Glenridding Physio! Our trained masseuses are here to help in relieving your tension and stress, improving circulation and reducing pain.
WHAT IS MASSAGE THERAPY?
Massage therapy is a type of manual therapy that involves the manipulation of soft tissues in the body, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue, to promote relaxation, relieve pain, and improve overall physical function. It is typically performed by a trained massage therapist using their hands, fingers, forearms, and elbows to apply pressure to specific areas of the body.
Massage therapy can be used to address a variety of physical and emotional conditions, including muscle tension, stress, anxiety, chronic pain, sports injuries, and circulation problems. It can also be used to promote relaxation, improve sleep, and boost immune function.
HOW ARE MASSAGE THERAPIES PERFORMED?
Massage therapies treatment can be performed in various ways, depending on the specific type of massage therapy and the individual’s needs and preferences. Some common techniques and methods used in massage therapy are Swedish massage, Deep tissue massage, Sports massage, Trigger point therapy, Myofascial release.
During a massage therapy session, the individual typically lies on a massage table or chair and may be partially or fully clothed, depending on the type of massage therapy being performed. The massage therapist will use their hands, fingers, forearms, and elbows to apply pressure to the muscles and other soft tissues in the body.
Before the massage therapy treatment, the massage therapist will usually ask about the individual’s medical history and any specific areas of concern or pain. They may also ask about the individual’s preferences for pressure, lighting, and music during the massage. It is important to communicate with the massage therapist during the session to ensure that the treatment is comfortable and effective.
CAN MASSAGE THERAPY BE USED WITH OTHER TYPES OF TREATMENTS?
Yes, massage therapy can be used in conjunction with other types of treatments to provide complementary care and enhance the overall benefits of treatment. Here are some examples of how massage therapy can be used with other types of treatments: Physical therapy, Chiropractic care, Acupuncture, Pain management & Stress management.
It is important to discuss with your healthcare provider whether massage therapy is appropriate and safe for your specific condition and treatment plan, and to ensure that all of your healthcare providers are aware of all the treatments you are receiving.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET MASSAGE THERAPY?
The frequency of massage therapy sessions will depend on several factors, including the individual’s specific needs and goals, their overall health and medical history, and the type of massage therapy being performed. Here are some general guidelines:
- For relaxation and stress relief: For general relaxation and stress relief, a massage session once a month or every six weeks may be sufficient.
- For chronic pain or tension: If an individual is experiencing chronic pain or tension, they may benefit from more frequent massage therapy sessions, such as once a week or every other week.
- For sports performance or injury recovery: Athletes or individuals recovering from sports injuries may benefit from more frequent massage therapy sessions, such as once or twice a week, depending on the severity of the injury and the individual’s training schedule.
It is important to work with a licensed and experienced massage therapist who can help determine the appropriate frequency of massage therapy sessions based on the individual’s needs and goals. It is also important to communicate with the massage therapist during the session to ensure that the treatment is comfortable and effective, and to inform them of any changes in health or medical history that may affect the frequency or type of massage therapy.
WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY?
Massage therapy offers a variety of physical and mental health benefits. Here are some of the most commonly reported benefits:
- Pain relief: Massage therapy can help relieve muscle tension, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation, which can help reduce pain and discomfort in the body.
- Stress reduction: Massage therapy can help promote relaxation and reduce the physical and mental effects of stress, such as tension headaches, anxiety, and insomnia.
- Improved flexibility and range of motion: Massage therapy can help improve flexibility and range of motion by reducing muscle tension and increasing blood flow to the muscles.
- Enhanced immune function: Massage therapy has been shown to boost the immune system by increasing the activity of natural killer cells, which help defend against illness and disease.
- Improved sleep: Massage therapy can help promote relaxation and reduce the physical and mental effects of stress, which can improve sleep quality and duration.
- Reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety: Massage therapy can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety by promoting relaxation, reducing muscle tension, and increasing the production of endorphins, which are natural mood-boosting chemicals in the body.
- Improved circulation: Massage therapy can help increase blood flow to the muscles and other tissues, which can improve overall circulation and promote healing.
It is important to note that the specific benefits of massage therapy may vary depending on the type of massage therapy being performed, the individual’s specific needs and goals, and other factors. It is also important to work with a licensed and experienced massage therapist to ensure that the treatment is safe and effective for the individual’s specific condition and needs.
WHY CHOOSE OUR MASSAGE THERAPY?
Our experienced and certified masseuses use a combination of ancient and modern techniques to deliver a unique, personalized experience tailored to your needs. Whether you’re looking to relax, reduce stress, or recover from an injury, Glenridding massage therapy will take care of it.