What is Therapeutic Massage?

A therapeutic massage addresses a specific presenting condition. For example, tightness in the shoulder or neck, lower back or pain in hips and legs are all common presenting conditions.

A therapeutic massage makes structural changes to the body to alleviate a specific symptoms or treatable conditions to reduce or eliminate pain and any restrictions.
A four step approached is the followed by the therapist when undergoing treatment:
• Assess the current condition
• Plan a proposed approach to treatment
• Perform the treatment on the basics of the agreed plan
• Review the outcome

On the basis of the results, recommendations for addition treatments and frequency can be made. Although this sounds like a long process, it can be carried out quickly by an
experienced therapist.

What is Sports Massage?

The prime purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity.

But it isn’t limited to those engaging in sports, it can also be beneficial for anyone experiencing occupational, emotional and posterior stress, as these can produce very similar characteristics to sports injuries.

This treatment is also great for relieving pain brought on by some conditions and illnesses, such as chronic back pain, Fibromyalgia and some migraine sufferers.

Some techniques used in a sports massage treatment are based on elements of Swedish massage, but incorporate other techniques. It not only treats affected muscles, but also treats the other surrounding soft tissue areas; such as the tendons, ligaments and fascia.
All of the techniques are used to help lengthen short tense muscles, reduce pressure, help alleviate pain and decrease the likelihood of overall injuries being incurred.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage therapy usually focuses on a specific problem area. The type of problems needing to be addressed are things like chronic muscle pain or rehabilitation injury.

A deep tissue massage treatment is used to break down muscle knots and adhesions or break up scar tissue; both of which causes inflammation, pain, limited range of movement and restricts blood flow to the affected area.
Although some of the techniques used are very similar to a Swedish massage, other techniques are used, e.g:
• Stripping, flushes the muscle with fresh blood, releases and elongates tight muscles and fascia and also helps to eliminate trigger points.
• Friction, when pressure is applied across the muscle this helps release any adhesions and to realign the affected tissue fibres.

Some of the more common problems that can be helped deep tissue massage are: lower/upper back pain, neck and shoulder pain, posture and sports problems.
Deep tissue massage can be very beneficial in helping to alleviate a great many other chronic problems too, such as sciatica; tennis elbow; repetitive strain injuries and piriformis syndrome, to name but a few.

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