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What Conditions Can Massage Therapy Help?

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Massage is effective in relieving or treating a wide range of conditions and ailments, such as, but not limited to:

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Common Massage Styles

The professional healthcare team at PhysioWorks include several skilled Remedial Massage Therapists to attend to your optimal muscle care. You'll find that your Remedial Massage Therapist will provide you with excellence in sports and muscle injury care. Private health insurance covers remedial massage therapists.

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Common Massage Styles

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Soft Tissue Massage Therapy

Soft tissue massage therapy involves direct physical action upon the soft tissues of your body. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissue such as fascia are the target structures.

Massage therapists possess a variety of massage styles, which they customise to each client. Soft tissue techniques include a whole range of massage depths, pressures, and durations.

Massage Styles Include:

Swedish Massage

A gentle and relaxing massage style that incorporates long, smooth strokes to relax and soften superficial muscles. An excellent massage option for those looking for a gentle treatment to promote that relaxed and stress-free feeling.

Deep Tissue Massage

A deeper massage is targeting the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This massage style incorporates slow, deep strokes to break up stubborn knots and tight soft tissues. Deep tissue massage is excellent for those who suffer from chronic tightness, scar tissue formation, repetitive strain, or regular physical activity.

Sports Massage

Sports massage specifically treats those involved in physical activity. Sports massage focuses on preventing and treating injury while also enhancing athletic performance. Therapists will commonly use a mixture of Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques. The massage therapist will frequently finish your sports massage with some gentle stretch therapy.

Remedial Massage

Remedial massage is a modality that incorporates numerous techniques to locate and treat musculoskeletal imbalances and chronic/acute pain. Specific techniques used include: Swedish and deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques and stretching. Remedial massage is useful for those suffering from a particular complaint or those who want to ensure their body is functioning at its optimum level.

Pregnancy Massage

A massage using a selection of Swedish, deep and therapeutic massage techniques reduces stress, decreases swelling, relieves aches and pains, and reduces anxiety and depression. Pregnancy massages occur with the woman on her side or back. Your massage therapist will customise the massage to a woman’s individual needs.

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Massage Benefits

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What are the Benefits of Massage?

Massage may provide you with many benefits. These include:

  • Pain Relief
  • Reduced Swelling
  • Reduced Stiffness
  • Relaxation
  • Improved Sleep
  • Reduced Stress

How Does Massage Help You?

In addition to feeling great, massage has a positive impact on various systems of your body. These include:

Quick Muscular Pain Relief

Massage directly affects the muscular system by stretching tight muscles, relaxing and releasing overused muscles. As a result, you should experience reduced muscle spasms and muscle cramping and help muscle tissue regeneration.

Reduce Post-Exercise Muscle Soreness

Massage reduces muscular pain for everyone, from athletes to the elderly. By hastening the removal of exercise toxins in the muscles, your soreness will quickly diminish. If you're pulling up sore after exercising? Don't let it discourage you. A Sports Recovery Massage will help you eliminate this and get you participating pain-free again!

Reducing Swollen Joints

By working on a joint's muscles, massage can increase the joint range of motion and increase collective strength and stabilisation.

Circulatory and Lymphatic Systems

By improving your lymphatic drainage, massage reduces the swelling that results from strains, sprains and other health problems. Lymphatic massage encourages blood flow to the tissue being treated by stimulating the circulatory system. As the lymphatic system works close to the circulatory system, the massage will promote reduced pain and swelling by improving lymphatic flow.

Endocrine/Hormonal

Remedial massage can promote a decrease in cortisol, which is a byproduct released by pain and stress. Massage also encourages an increased level of serotonin and dopamine, which improves your mood, relaxation and assists in relieving pain. The follow on effect in reducing anxiety while enhancing sleep, concentration and energy levels.

Stiffness. Make it a Thing of the Past.

If you've been having trouble getting out of bed in the mornings, massage will loosen your body and get you out on the right side of the bed every morning! Bounce out of bed every day.

Relax! Enjoy Life

Everyone experiences stress and anxiety as life becomes a little too much. Maybe you should too! The rich and famous use massage to ensure they stay relaxed and refreshed.

Sleep Like a Baby Again!

Massage has outstanding relaxing abilities that result in blissfully contented sleep! If you're not sleeping well? Book your massage NOW!

A Stress-Free Lifestyle

Everyone experiences stress and muscular tension, whether it be through stress or over-extending yourself. However, you might be suffering just a little more than some of your friends. Massage sedates and relaxes your overworked muscles. Say goodbye to stress.

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What is a Pre-Event Massage?

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Pre-event massage occurs before a workout, competition or sporting performance. Pre-event massage aims to increase blood circulation flexibility and mentally prepare people for activity and enhance performance. Pre-event massage is short and specific massage treatment.

Before an event, 3-5 days before, a deep tissue massage can be incredibly beneficial. You can release knots, relax tired muscles, improve your range of motion and get a much-needed break from your training schedule.

If you're considering a pre-event massage or post-event recovery massage, your timing is essential for maximum benefit.

When is the Best Time for a Pre-Event Sports Massage?

Pre-event massages that require deep tissue techniques should occur no later than 48 to 72 hours before the planned exercise event.

Is it Bad to Get a Massage the Day Before a Game or Event?

Any massage undertaken within 48-hours prior should be light relaxation only.

If you have a sporting event coming up soon, please discuss your timeframes with your sports massage therapist to ensure that your muscles work optimally on the big day.

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What Causes Post-Exercise Muscular Pain?

What Causes Muscular Pain?

You know the feeling… dreaded “stiff and sore muscles” a day or two after you’ve done a little more exercise than usual.

Shortly after exercise begins, a mix of lactic and carbonic acids builds up in muscle tissue. These acids are waste products of muscle contractions. Don’t worry. These acids are normal. To produce “energy”, muscles burn stored glycogen. Lactic and carbonic acids are by-products of this metabolic process.

The good news is that most of these acids convert back into glycogen and are restored in preparation for your next bout of exercise. Pain and muscle fatigue can exist until the acid levels in your muscles return to normal.

How Does Massage Help?

Massage helps to eliminate the irritation caused by these acidic wastes. Research shows that massage can increase muscle recovery much quicker than rest alone.

Why is Massage So Useful When You Exercise?

Regular exercise causes many body changes. One improvement is the increase in blood vessels to the muscles to meet the demand for more oxygen and nutrients. This circulation increase helps to eliminate the waste products and toxins that build up with exercise. Importantly, it can take several weeks to develop improved muscular circulation.

Until the blood supply increases, you will have trouble with oxygen and nutrients supply. This allows toxic wastes to back up and stagnate. You will experience soreness, pain and stiffness. Many exercise enthusiasts regard aches and pains as the inevitable price to be paid. This is usually not true.

What about Muscle & Joint Stiffness?

Massage eases muscle and joint stiffness. Using massage strokes to reduce muscle tension and passive movement to stretch the connective tissue found around joints massage will improve your performance. Massage also lengthens muscle and tendon units to help prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.

What about Soft Tissue Injuries and Massages?

Massage aids recovery from soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains. Tissue repair accelerates by increasing circulation in the injured area. Massage therapy can help speed, improve recovery, and reduce discomfort from soft tissue injuries.

Massage is Drug-Free Treatment

Massage is a drugless therapy. Headaches, insomnia, neck and back pain, digestive disorders including constipation and spastic colon, arthritis, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome and muscular aches and pains are just some of the problems that can respond to massage therapy.

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Sports Recovery Massage

When is the Best Time for a Sports Recovery Massage?

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Post-Event Recovery Massage

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post-event massage occurs soon after intense training or competition as part of the recovery process. Post-event massage involves the application of a range of massage techniques to assist recovery from activity.

Post-event recovery massages are most effective within a few days of your sporting event. It is always a good idea to present yourself at the post-event massage tent if one is available for your light rubdown. Post-event massage can be performed from 30 minutes up to 48 hours after intense exercise.

How Long Does a Post-Event Massage Last?

Post-event massage occurs immediately after the event or competition.  A post-event massage session duration can vary approximately from just a few minutes up to 20 minutes. Post-event massage decreases muscle soreness and cramping and facilitates a faster return to training after your athletic event.
Ideally, you have a more substantial follow-up recovery massage within a few days of your sporting event to recover quicker or evaluate any niggling injuries. Most professional sporting teams now utilise sports massage therapists' professional services to assist in athletic recovery and preparation.

You'll find that elite football team players usually have two different sports massage styles each week to prepare them for next week's game.

What is Normal Post-Exercise Soreness?

Normal post-exercise soreness should settle within a day or two. Pain or soreness lasting beyond 48 hours is likely to be injury-related. If this is your case, we recommend seeking professional assessment and management of any suspected injuries.

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What Is The Difference Between Remedial & Relaxation Massage?

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Have you ever wanted a massage but couldn’t decide whether you need a remedial massage or only a refreshing and stress-reducing relaxation session? Well, here’s an explanation to help you to determine what you want precisely!

What Is Relaxation Massage?

A relaxation massage helps to de-stress and loosen up your body and is excellent for those who have had a hard working week or feel like treating themselves to some TLC! The treatment consists of flowing strokes, kneading and gentle manipulations of the muscles performed at your chosen pressure. It is a pain-free way to relax both your muscles and your mind.

What Is Remedial Massage?

If you have particular muscle tension or chronic pain, a remedial massage may be for you. Your remedial massage therapist will assess where you need treatment and what may be causing your pain. They’ll perform some tests to identify which muscles give you trouble and tailor a treatment plan to suit. The treatment itself may involve deep tissue work for short periods, but the results are worth it!

Remedial massage may quickly ease conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel, stiff necks, headaches, sports injuries and many more complaints can be relieved with a remedial treatment.

If you’d like more advice regarding what’s best for you, please call us to discuss your condition. Or book your appointment and enjoy the benefits. Private health fund rebates are also available.

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