What is Remedial Massage?
Massage Therapy has been recognised as a health treatment for over 2000 years.
Through the use of manual techniques applied by a qualified therapist, Remedial Massage aims to reduce pain and tension within the muscles, tendons and connective tissue.
Remedial Massage is beneficial in treating symptoms of:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Work related muscle tension
- General muscle tightness
- Sports related injuries
- Tension, aches and/or pain
- And more …
Remedial Massage provides positive outcomes including:
- Improvement in sleep quality and quantity
- Enhanced muscle performance
- Accelerated recovery after exercise or injury
- Injury prevention
- Encourages effective use of muscles
- Renewed energy and strength during exercise
- Time out from ringing phones, screaming kids, demanding bosses and the computer.
The Association of Massage Therapists (AMT) advises research based findings on the effectiveness of massage.
What is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage builds on remedial massage techniques. It is more muscle specific and focuses on the athlete’s activities. Sports Massage techniques are used to maintain muscle health during training and event, and hasten recovery post-event and to assist in injury management. Active and passive stretching is incorporated into treatments. The ultimate goal is to ensure the athlete continues to perform at their peak.
What is Trigger Point Therapy?
A trigger point is a focal, hypersensitive spot located in a taut band of skeletal muscle or fascia. Research shows that this is where a number of the nerves that originate in the spine attach onto the muscle (neuromuscular junction). An active trigger point can produce tenderness as well as pain locally and in a referred pattern.
Trigger points may result in reduced strength and range of motion in the affected muscle. Trigger points can affect the function of other associated muscles and joints. A trigger point in one muscle can lead to trigger points occurring in other muscles (known as secondary and satellite trigger points).
Palpation of the trigger point will elicit pain directly over the affected area and/or cause radiation of pain toward a zone of reference and a local twitch response.
It is believed that trigger points are activated by an overload in the affected muscle caused by factors including strain, poor posture, overuse and poor biomechanics.
Treatment by a massage therapist involves sustained digital pressure over the trigger point to change the neural output and help relax the muscle.
What is Pregnancy Massage?
During pregnancy, the body is under increased physical stress and the influence of gestational hormones. Pregnancy Massage (or Prenatal Massage) can help to reduce everyday tension and the added tensions caused by pregnancy. The available research suggests that Pregnancy Massage may result in “decreased depression, anxiety, and leg and back pain. Cortisol levels decreased and, in turn, excessive foetal activity decreased, and the rate of prematurity was lower”.
By using specially designed pillows that support the pregnant belly, treatment can be performed while the client is face down, allowing for a more comfortable massage experience. Alternatively, treatment is done while the client is lying on her side, using bolsters to provide extra comfort. Sharon is happy to discuss how she treats women during pregnancy – send a message or call the clinic on 02 9904 2180.
Please chat to your obstetrician prior to commencing pregnancy massage.