Leg Massage

Remedial Massage

Remedial Leg Massage

What is Remedial Leg Massage?

Remedial leg massage is a modality that incorporates numerous techniques to locate and treat musculoskeletal imbalances and chronic/acute pain.

What is Leg Massage?

Leg massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow. When muscles and tendons become damaged, impaired, knotted, tense or immobile, remedial leg massage provides an effective healing treatment. 

Remedial leg massage holistically treats the whole body and traces the discomfort as far as possible back to the original cause, healing both the cause of the disorder as well as the symptoms. 

If you haven’t ever experienced a quality remedial leg massage, we thoroughly recommend it.

What Conditions Benefit from a Remedial Leg Massage?

Remedial Leg Massage is effective in treating a wide range of conditions and ailments.

Common Causes of Leg Pain

By Region

By Structure

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How Does a Remedial Leg Massage Help You?

As well as assisting in the treatment of the above conditions, remedial leg massage has a positive impact on various systems of your body. These include:

Circulatory and Lymphatic Systems

Remedial leg massage encourages blood flow to the tissue being treated by stimulating the circulatory system. As the lymphatic system works near the circulatory system, the massage will promote reduced pain and swelling by improving lymphatic flow.

Muscular

Remedial leg massage directly impacts the muscular system by stretching tight muscles, relaxing and releasing overused muscles, reducing spasms and muscular cramping, and assisting in tissue regeneration.

Endocrine/Hormonal

Remedial massage can promote a decrease in cortisol, which releases when we experience pain and stress. Massage also encourages an increased serotonin and dopamine level, improving your mood, relaxation, and assist in relieving pain.  This endocrinal effect can also have a follow on effect by reducing anxiety while enhancing sleep, concentration and energy levels. 

Joints

By working on the leg muscles around a joint, remedial leg massage can increase joint range of motion.

When are the Best Times for a Remedial Leg Massage?

Remedial leg massage for chronic, long-standing conditions can occur at any time. Ideally, your leg massage should regularly promote mobility and improved function and stop muscular conditions from becoming problematic and painful.

For acute or recent injuries, remedial leg massage is indicated 72 hours following an injury and after rest or ice has reduced any inflammation and swelling.

How Long Should You Book for a Remedial Leg Massage?

PhysioWorks offer remedial leg massage treatments for 30, 45, or 60-minute appointments. Generally, 30 minutes is sufficient time to treat most leg muscle problems. 45-60 minute appointments are for athletes or chronic patients who need extra attention.

What Frequency Works Best for a Remedial Leg Massage?

You can often resolve a new injury or condition within a few treatment sessions. However, chronic and long-standing conditions will often require a series of treatments to return the area to its normal function. This will usually include some weekly massages and gradually be spaced out in frequency until a maintenance stage is reached. 

While everyone’s needs will be a little different depending on your lifestyle, regular remedial leg massages work best. Ideally, a maintenance massage should be performed regularly to promote mobility and improved function and stop conditions from becoming problematic and painful.

Please ask your remedial massage therapist how often you should have a massage to function optimally for advice specific to your body’s needs.

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Common Massage Styles

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 muscle. 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 to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains and reduce 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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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.

The massage practitioners who attend PhysioWorks operate independently owned and operated businesses. PhysioWorks does not own or run these contracting businesses. PhysioWorks provides a safe environment with a consultation room and reception support. Discover each massage therapist's particular interests. Click their photo or name. Your Remedial Massage Therapists at PhysioWorks include the following practitioners.

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Massage Styles

Massage styles offered at PhysioWorks 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 soft treatment to promote that relaxed and stress-free feeling.

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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 engage in regular physical activity.

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Sports Massage

Sports massage style specifically addresses the needs of 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 usually finish your sports massage with some gentle stretch therapy.

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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.

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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. The most common position for a pregnancy massage is with you on your side or back.

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What Massage Style is Best for You?

Yes. Massage styles and techniques can be confusing, which is why your PhysioWorks Massage Therapist is a highly-trained professional who understands was is right for your body. If you have any questions about what massage techniques are the best for you, please call us to discuss your massage requirements. Or, let your massage therapist works wonders on your body during a consultation.

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What are the Basic Massage Techniques?

Longitudinal gliding is a traditional effective massage technique administered in the direction of the blood flow. It aids the fluid dispersion from the injury site and thus helps reduce inflammation and swelling. It is also instrumental in relaxing tight muscles.

Kneading can be performed differently and described by the hand method used to accomplish the massage, e.g. thumb kneading and palm kneading. The massage pressure applied must vary according to the purpose of the massage. The rhythm and rate of the movement are equally important as the load is applied intermittently.

Myofascial release is a manual technique for stretching the fascia to balance the body. Your fascia, located between the skin and the underlying muscle and bone structure, is a seamless web of connective tissue covering and connecting the muscles, organs, and skeletal systems in our body. Injuries, stress, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction to the fascia, and the goal of myofascial release is to release fascia restriction and restore its tissue.

Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves applying pressure to tender muscle tissue to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Trigger points are active centres of muscular hyperactivity, which often cross over with acupuncture points. You will also find that common trigger points are what the average person refers to as muscular "knots". Trigger point massage helps relieve these points.

Transverse friction is transverse connective tissue therapy applied directly by the fingers. Transverse frictions use an oscillating pressure applied across the direction of the tissue fibres. This technique is used mainly on tendon or ligament injuries to help break down thickened, pain-producing scar tissue. Unreduced lesions are likely to cause further irritation and degenerate more quickly than they should.

Rhythmic compression into muscles is used to create deep hyperaemia and softening effects in the tissues. This technique may occur as a warm-up for more in-depth, more specific massage work. Sports massage utilises compression massage.

Cross-fibre friction techniques create a stretching and broadening effect. It can also help reduce adhesions and help build reliable, flexible repair during the healing process.

PNF Stretches (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) combine passive stretching and isometrics with your muscle alternatingly stretched passively and contracted. The method targets nerve receptors in muscles to extend the muscle length. More info: PNF stretches.

For specific information regarding the best massage technique for you, please consult your trusted massage therapist.

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What is the Difference Between Remedial and 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 a 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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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. The rich and famous use massage to ensure they stay relaxed and refreshed. Maybe you should too!

Sleep Like a Baby Again!

Massage has outstanding relaxing abilities that result in a 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?

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 a 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. More info:

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Post-Event Recovery Massage

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 Causes Arm Pain?

Arm pain and injuries are widespread. Arm pain can occur as a result of either sudden, traumatic or repetitive overuse. The causes can be related to sports injuries, work injuries or simply everyday arm use.

Arm pain can be a local injury, musculoskeletal injury or could even be referred from nerves in your neck (cervical radiculopathy). This can result in neck-arm pain.

Causes of Arm Pain by Region

Causes of Arm Pain by Structure

Neck-related Arm Pain

Shoulder-related Arm Pain

Elbow-related Arm Pain

Wrist-related Arm Pain

Hand-related Arm Pain

Muscle-related Arm Pain

Other Sources of Arm Pain

Common Causes of Arm Pain

The most common sources of arm pain include shoulder painwrist pain and elbow pain.

Referred Arm Pain

As mentioned earlier, arm pain can be referred to from another source. Cervical radiculopathy is a common source of referred arm pain. Cervical radiculopathy will not respond to treatment where you feel the arm pain. However, it will respond positively to treatment at the source of the injury (e.g. your neck joints).

Professional assessment from a health practitioner skilled in diagnosing both spinal-origin and local-origin (muscle and joint) injuries (e.g. your physiotherapist) is recommended to ensure an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment directed at the arm pain source.

Arm Pain has Diverse Causes.

The causes of your arm pain can be extensive and varied. Due to this diversity, your arm pain should be assessed by a suitably qualified health practitioner to attain an accurate diagnosis, treatment plan and implementation specific to your arm pain.

What Arm Pain is Associated with a Heart Attack?

Left-arm pain can be an early sign of a life-threatening cardiac issue. Based on this, a professional medical assessment that involves an accurate history, symptom analysis, physical examination and diagnostic tests to exclude a potential heart attack is important to exclude this potentially life-threatening source of arm pain.

For more information, please consult with your health practitioner, call an ambulance on 000, or visit a hospital emergency department to put your mind at ease.

Good News. Most Arm Pain is NOT Life-Threatening.

Luckily, life-threatening arm pain is far less likely than a local musculoskeletal injury. Arm pain caused by a localised arm muscle, tendon or joint injury should be assessed and confirmed by your health practitioner before commencing treatment.

Arm Pain Prognosis

The good news is that arm pain, and injury will normally respond very favourably to medical or physiotherapy intervention when early professional assessment and treatment is sought. Please do not delay in consulting your healthcare practitioner if you experience arm pain.

Common Arm Pain Treatments

With accurate assessment and early treatment, most arm injuries respond extremely quickly to physiotherapy or medical care, allowing you to resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living quickly.

Please ask your physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.