At Sports Centre Physiotherapy we offer therapeutic massage to help increase range of motion, decrease pain and improve function for our patients.
Relaxation Massage versus Therapeutic Massage
A relaxation massage is a straightforward session using classic Swedish massage techniques. The massage therapist will use light to medium pressure, depending on the client’s preference, and the intent of the session is to help the client relax. This type of massage is available but is more common in day spas and resorts.
A therapeutic massage session involves completing a very thorough intake assessment, detailing current and past health complaints. This type of massage may include a relaxation element but advanced techniques are used to treat pain and chronic health issues. Techniques such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release, sports massage and trigger point therapy may be used to treat your symptoms.
At Sports Centre Physiotherapy our massage therapists listen to your complaints, perform an assessment to determine the cause of your issue and then provide a therapeutic massage and prescribe corrective exercises. Massage therapy is used as a standalone treatment for your musculoskeletal symptoms or in conjunction with physiotherapy and/or movement rehabilitation.
Massage Techniques Offered
Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the deep muscles of the body. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury.
Myofascial release refers to the manual massage technique for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, connective tissues and muscles with the goal of eliminating pain, and increasing range of motion. Myofascial release usually involves applying shear compression or tension in various directions, or by skin rolling.
Sports Massage is a physical treatment primarily used on the neuromusculoskeletal system to treat pain and disability. It most commonly includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization and joint manipulation.
Trigger point release involves deactivating trigger points that may cause local pain or refer pain and other sensations, such as headaches, in other parts of the body. Manual pressure is applied to these points to relieve myofascial pain.
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis.
Therapeutic massage can be used to treat a large variety of conditions including:
– Sport Injuries
– Chronic and Acute Pain
– Plantar Fasciitis
– Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
– TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)
– Myofascial Pain (and trigger points)
– Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries (including whiplash)
– Circulatory Disorders
– Postural Dysfunction
– Frozen Shoulder
For more information on what massage therapy can do for you contact Sports Centre Physiotherapy and ask to speak to one of our massage therapists.