How can Remedial Massage Therapy help improve your health & well-being?
Muscle tension. Tension may be held in any muscle of your body, including neck, back and jaw. Remedial Massage works deeply into the muscle fibres to release areas of muscle contraction, thereby relieving short-term conditions such as muscle cramps and spasms, as well as the long- term, general aches and discomfort associated with chronic tension. Additionally, Remedial Massage affects the nervous system, resulting in relaxation of the muscles throughout your body.
Stress. Stress can have a major impact on your body. It affects your energy levels, productivity, outlook, and can even make you more susceptible to illness and injury. Remedial Massage helps to reduce the effects of stress by relieving the muscle tension associated with stress, as well as by decreasing levels of stress hormones and increasing the levels of the hormones associated with happiness and immune system function.
Sport performance. Elite sports athletes as well as your average "gym junkie" can benefit from regular massage. Massage releases the build-up of tension that occurs in muscles that are repetitively worked in training, promoting a faster recovery time, and discouraging repetitive strain injuries such as Runner's Knee, plantarfasciitis, and tendinitis. Additionally, massage increases circulation of blood to peripheral muscles of the legs and arms, providing extra nutrition and oxygen to these muscles, as well as increasing the removal of metabolic wastes, which may result in an overall increase in the efficiency of these muscles.
Injury. Remedial Massage assists in recovery of injuries such as tendinitis, impact injuries, ligament sprains and muscle strains by utilising special techniques designed to reduce swelling and tissue inflammation associated with these injuries, as well as by increasing circulation of oxygen and nutrition to injured cells. Additionally, it may assist in the prevention of injuries or re-injury by increasing the pliability of scar tissue from old injuries and limiting the formation of scar tissue in new injuries, and by working to address the chronic muscle tension and muscular imbalances that often lead to problems in the first place.
Posture. The majority of postural problems are rooted in chronic tension and muscle group imbalances that are often the result of restricted activity (such as sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day). Remedial Massage can help to re- balance your body’s posture by releasing areas of local muscle tension, as well as releasing the chronic tension stored in the connective tissue tracts that surround these muscles. This allows your body to return to a more efficient and natural posture. Additionally, Remedial Massage may help to relieve the discomfort caused by abnormalities of the spine such as scoliosis.
Numbness or tingling. Numbness or tingling in your arms or legs may be a sign that you have a nerve impingement. Nerves may become impinged as they pass through stiff, immobile joints or by tight muscles pressing on the nerves. Remedial Massage works to gently release the tension in muscles and soft tissue surrounding the affected nerve, thereby reducing symptoms of nerve impingement.
Joint pain or restrictions. Tight muscles restrict the movement of the joints which they surround. Remedial Massage releases the tension of these muscles to allow for increased range of motion of the affected joint. Additionally, Remedial Massage increases local circulation which may improve joint health and relieve the pain associated with joint degradation such as osteoarthritis.
Inflammation & fluid retention. Recent surgery, injury or pregnancy often results in increased inflammation and the build of fluid within soft tissue. Remedial Massage helps to decrease fluid retention through the use of Manual Lymphatic Drainage techniques. By draining away this excess lymphatic fluid and stimulating the body’s lymphatic system, inflammation is reduced and the discomfort caused by swelling within the restrictive soft tissue is eased.
Surgery. Massage Therapy can be a powerful tool in easing the aches and pains that occur after surgery, as well as promoting post-surgical healing. Gentle massage over incision scars may help to reduce long-term scarring. Deeper work into muscles affected by the period of reduced mobility that often follows surgery encourages circulation of oxygen and nutrients to the impaired muscles, thereby promoting maintenance of healthy muscle tissue. Additionally, post-surgical inflammation may be reduced through special techniques that stimulates the body's lymphatic system. (Please note: your surgeon or specialist will issue instructions regarding post-surgery care that is designed to assist you in making a full and speedy recovery. It is very important to follow these instructions, and seek massage therapy treatment only once your surgeon or specialist has deemed it safe to do so.)