Massage is an essential component of many of our treatments at Keperra Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic.
We use massage to treat:-
- Neck and Back Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Post-Surgical Swelling
- Trigger Points and Muscle Tightness.
- Muscle Pain Associated with Arthritis, Frozen Shoulder & Fibromyalgia.
Massage takes many forms.
Relaxation and remedial massage
Gentle soft tissue massage helps to relieve acute muscular pain and spasm by increasing blood flow to the area and aiding muscle relaxation. It provides soothing relief for many painful conditions.
Massage for neck and back pain
A common cause of neck and back pain is stiff joints and tight muscles. In particular, protective muscle spasm can produce sudden sharp pains while tight bands of muscle and trigger points can result in deep intense areas of ache.
Soft tissue massage and trigger point therapy are useful for relieving these painful conditions. They are often used in conjunction with joint mobilizations as well as a stretching and exercise programme to address all factors contributing to the pain.
Many athletes from the professional to the weekend enthusiast find themselves developing muscle imbalances over time. The muscles which work hard in your chosen sport can become much tighter than is ideal, eventually leading to pain and predisposing to injury.
Regular massaging in conjunction with stretches and the use of apparatus such as the foam roller and pocket physio can keep the situation in check. This means you can play on without concerns that your sporting time may be cut short.
A large percentage of headaches have their origin in the upper neck area. Many individuals develop areas of marked tightness in the neck and shoulder blade muscles in response to stress or tension. This can be a common source of headaches. Massage to release this muscular tightness can be very beneficial in relieving headaches and preventing recurrence.
Effleurage – swelling relief following trauma or surgery
Effleurage is a type of massage specifically aimed at reducing swelling and is used to relieve swelling and pain following trauma such as ankle and knee sprains.
It is also useful following surgeries such as ACL reconstruction, and hip and knee replacement surgery. Lastly, it is used to relieve the chronic swelling associated with some circulatory problems and lymphedema.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage is used to help dissipate areas of more chronic swelling and is also very useful for stretching areas of chronic tightness.
Common areas where this is beneficial include:-
- Chronic thickening following untreated ankle sprains.
- Swelling associated with pinning and plating of fractures.
- Iliotibial Band (ITB) tightness.
- Gastroc (Calf) tightness
- Rotator Cuff Muscle tightness (Shoulder).
- Neck / Shoulder Blade Muscle tightness (Upper Trapezius, Levator Scapulae Muscles).
In summary, massage is beneficial for many soft tissue problems involving muscles, tendons and joints.
We use massage in conjunction with dry needling, stretching and muscle releases to achieve maximum muscular flexibility and relaxation.
For further information on our massage treatments or to make an appointment, please call Keperra Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic on +61 7 3855 1367.
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