Massage therapy (including myotherapy) is the practice of kneading or manipulating a person’s muscles and other soft-tissue in order to improve their wellbeing or health. It is a form of manual therapy that includes holding, moving, and applying pressure to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
Some of the physical benefits of massage and myotherapy include:
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved circulation
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system
- Reduction of stress hormones
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Improved skin tone
- Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
- Heightened mental alertness
- Reduced anxiety and depression.
If you’ve never had a massage before it can be difficult to figure out which type of massage is right for you, below is a quick guide to the types of massage offered at Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy.
If you suffer from tired aching muscles, a sore back, headaches or chronic muscle pain, remedial massage may help to alleviate pain and dysfunction in the body. This massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using techniques such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and stretching/strengthening exercises.
If you train at the gym, go walking or running or are involved in regular sports, sports massage may be for you. Working to bring awareness to the proper functioning of the body, sports massage can help you to recover from injuries, relieving the pain of muscle tears and injuries, speeding up recovery time. The techniques used include myofascial release, trigger point therapy and frictions combined with stretching and strengthening programs.
If you are looking for general relaxation as well as general good health and wellbeing a Relaxation Massage is the best option. The focus of a Relaxation Massage is on the the superficial muscles which are massaged using long smooth strokes, kneading and effleurage.
Pregnancy Massage – Pre and Post Natal
Many women find that pregnancy massage can be a wonderful relief, helping with maintaining mobility and reducing pain and strain during your pregnancy. Massage can provide targeted work on areas that are under added burden or just offer much needed general relaxation. It can even address the pain sometimes experienced after giving birth, by the postural strains that breastfeeding can cause. Can help alleviate some of the uncomfortable symptoms that women often experience during pregnancy, ranging from low- backache, swelling of the lower legs and general tiredness.