Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of soft tissues in the body (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to aid healing and enhance a person’s well-being.
Physiotherapists at ALO may use massage therapy as part of rehabilitation from injuries, surgery and treatment of persistent painful conditions.
Massage Therapy Benefits
• Pain relief from muscle tension
• Improved circulation of the blood and lymph
• Reduction in scar tissue formation
• Greater flexibility and range of motion
• Stress reduction
Examples of massage therapy performed by Physiotherapists:
Trigger point release
Trigger points in muscle are a very common cause of pain, which can be felt in the location of the trigger point and can also be referred to other areas of the body. Skilled practionners at ALO can identify if trigger points are causing pain and apply manual techniques to release the pain.
‘Myo’ means muscle and ‘fascia’ means connective tissue. Fascia surrounds, interconnects and protects every soft tissue (tendons, ligaments, muscles), nerve and organ of the body. Fascia contributes to the mobility and stability of joints. Following injuries, or in assessment of persistent painful conditions, physiotherapists at ALO will identify whether tension or immobility is occurring within the fascial system and use specialist massage and manual techniques to release myofascial structures.
This is a deep tissue form of massage which will often include effleurage (long strokes) and petrissage (kneading) as well as other specific techniques. It warms the muscles and connective tissue, releasing tension and restoring health to the muscle and joint system of the body. It is highly effective, not only for people who do sports, but also for any individual who may do repetitive or sedentary work.
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