Neck Massage

Neck Massage

What is Neck Massage?

Neck Massage

Neck massage seeks to obtain a therapeutic benefit fro your neck muscles. While therapeutic neck massage is often relaxing, the end goal of the session or series of appointments is not relaxation, but the relief of your neck pain and muscular tension.

Therapeutic neck massage goals can vary considerably between massage therapists and clients. In some cases, neck massage recommended by a health professional is part of a larger treatment plan. For example, someone attending physiotherapy for a neck injury or headaches might have a regular neck massage to loosen muscles, improve muscle tone, and increase their flexibility.

People can use neck massage as a standalone treatment. Some people, such as athletes, labourers or stressed-out office workers, receive regular therapeutic neck massage to keep themselves in good physical condition.

People of all ages can benefit from therapeutic neck massage when performed by a competent and fully qualified remedial massage therapist. Neck massage is also suitable for people with disabilities, expecting mothers, and people in treatment for medical conditions. However, some special precautions may be needed to protect the health of the client.

Basic therapeutic neck massage techniques originate from a variety of massage styles. Your massage therapist will tailor your neck massage techniques depending on your needs. If you are unsure whether or not a neck massage is appropriate for you, please call us at PhysioWorks for individualised advice.

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How Does a Neck Massage Help You?

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Neck Massage is a combination of Relaxation, Therapeutic and Remedial Massage not only to relax your neck but your whole mind and body at the same time.

Neck massage therapy may also improve your circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and helps remove waste products or reduce swelling. These circulatory effects of massage may have value in the treatment of some inflammatory conditions, such as neck arthritis.

Massage therapy induces a relaxation response, which lowers your heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure; plus boosts your immune system; and generally decreases the physical effects of stress.

These effects suggest that massage may be helpful for a wide range of conditions, including mental health issues such as stress and anxiety.

What Conditions Benefit from a Neck Massage?

Massage therapy helps your neck in numerous ways. A neck massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased joint and nerve compression increased joint and muscle range of motion. This reduced tension commonly results in less pain and improved function.

Therapeutic neck massage benefits the following conditions:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • General Wellbeing
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Neck Arthritis
  • Low Immunity
  • Minor Neck Injuries

When are the Best Times for a Neck Massage?

The best time for a therapeutic neck massage is when you feel yourself getting worked up or when you are just not feeling your best. Others find a regular neck massage every month or two to be a sustainable dose of prevention therapy. We even have some highly stressed patients who have weekly neck massages just to cope with daily life.

What Duration is the Best Neck Massage?

If you haven’t had a neck massage before, or it’s been a while, then your initial treatment should ideally be for 30 to 60 minutes so that the massage therapist can work through those tense neck and shoulder muscles at an even pace to minimise any possible soreness the following day.

If you are a more regular massage recipient, your massage therapist will guide you as to the direction that works best for you and your neck muscles.

What Neck Massage Frequency Works Best?

Everyone needs differ depending on your lifestyle. As a guide, regular therapeutic neck massages work best when on a 4 to 6-week basis. This habit-changing frequency is because your neck muscles need to keep relaxed and to move through their full available range. Most people will be able to put their fingers on knots and painful lumps in their neck. If that you, you’d probably benefit from a neck massage or some neck physio treatment. Otherwise, those knots become “creatures of habit”. If tense is how they are most often, that’s what they will consider “status quo”. And, we all know where that leads; tight muscles, stress, and pain. Even headaches!

Having a regular neck and shoulder massage will keep your body positively.

For advice specific to your therapeutic needs, please ask your massage therapist how regularly they feel that you should have a neck massage to function optimally.

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Common Massage Styles

Soft tissue massage therapy involves direct physical action on the soft tissues of the body. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissue such as fascia are the target structures.
Soft tissue techniques include a whole range of massage depths, pressures, and durations. Massage therapists possess a variety of massage styles.

Your massage therapist uses numerous massage techniques when performing a massage style.

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 soft 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 regularly engage in physical activity.

Sports Massage

A massage style specifically designed for 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 just 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.

Explaining the Different 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.massage techniquesKneading can be performed in different ways and described by the part of a hand 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 structure of muscle and bone, is a seamless web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures 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 the applying of 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".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 primarily used 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 effect 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 assist in reducing adhesions and in helping 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.

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 as to what massage techniques are the best for you, please call us to discuss your massage requirements. Or, let your massage therapist works their wonders on your body during a consultation.

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Ever wanted a massage but couldn’t decide whether you needed a remedial massage or simply a refreshing and stress reducing relaxation session? Well here’s an explanation to help you decide exactly what you want!

What is Relaxation Massage?

A relaxation massage helps to de-stress and loosen up your body and is great 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 see exactly which muscles are giving you trouble and will tailor a treatment plan to suit. The treatment itself may involve deep tissue work for short periods of time, but the results are definitely worth it!Conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel, stiff necks, headaches, sports injuries and many more complaints can be eased with a remedial treatment.If you’d like more advice regarding what’s best for you, please call us to discuss your condition. Or, simply book your appointment and enjoy the benefits. Private health fund rebates are also available.

What are the Benefits of Massage?

massage_sandgateMassage 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 has a direct effect on the muscular system by stretching tight muscles, relaxing and releasing overused muscles. As a result, you should experience reduced muscle spasms and muscular cramping, as well as assisting in 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 the muscles around a joint, massage can increase joint range of motion and assist in increasing 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. 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 renowned 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. Although you might be suffering just a little more than some of your friends. Massage sedates and relaxes your overworked muscles. Say goodbye to stress.

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.Any massage undertaken in the 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 are working optimally on the big day.More info:
If you're considering a pre-event massage or post-event recovery massage your timing is important for maximum benefit.

Post-Event Recovery Massage

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 a light rub down.It is highly recommended that you do have a follow-up massage within a few days of your sporting event to help you recover quicker or evaluate any niggling injuries. Most professional sporting teams now utilise the professional services of massage therapists to assist athletic recovery and preparation.You'll find that elite football team players usually have two different styles of sports massage 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 greater than 48 hours is likely to be injury related. If this is your case, we recommend that you seek professional assessment and management of any suspected injuries.More info:Sports Recovery MassageSports Massage

How to Book Your Next Massage:

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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, simply click their photo or name. Your Remedial Massage Therapists at PhysioWorks include the following practitioners.

Remedial Massage Therapists

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 muscle. An excellent massage option for those looking for a soft treatment to promote that relaxed and stress-free feeling.

More info:

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.

More info:

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.

More info:

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 just want to ensure their body is functioning at its optimum level.

More info:

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

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Massage FAQs

Acupressure


Acupressure is a massage pressure technique that works upon acupuncture points. Rather than fine needles, finger pressure exerted at specific points along the meridians aim to stimulate, disperse and balance the flow of energy, relieve pain, and treat a variety of chronic, acute and degenerative conditions.Our PhysioWorks physiotherapists and remedial massage therapists are acupressure trained. Please ask them if you would like acupressure incorporated into your treatment.

What is a Trigger Point?

Dr's Travell and Simons defined a myofascial trigger point as a hyperirritable spot in a skeletal muscle. A trigger point is usually painful on compression and may give rise to characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness, motor dysfunction and autonomic phenomena. Myofascial trigger points occur in both acute and chronic pain conditions. Hendler and Kozikowski suggest that myofascial trigger points as the most commonly missed diagnosis in chronic pain patients.

Why Do Trigger Points Cause Pain?

According to Dr Gunn, 'Shortening in muscles acting across a joint increase joint pressure, upsets alignment, and can precipitate pain in the joint, i.e. arthralgia.' There is also a theory that permanent muscle contraction is abnormal and can create an ischaemic muscle pain due to the restriction decreasing normal muscle blood flow.

How are your Trigger Points Treated?

It is possible to deactivate triggers points by various methods such as acupressure, dry needling, muscle stretching, trigger point massage devices or injecting them with a large number of varying substances, including saline (saltwater) placebo.

Trigger Point Massage/Acupressure

Trigger Point Therapy is a form of Remedial Massage Therapy in which direct pressure is applied to specified points on tender muscle tissue to bring about a reduction in muscle tension and pain relief.Trigger point therapy is for almost everyone. Muscles with active trigger points are always weaker than healthy muscles and unable to move through their full range of motion. Often because they are unable to perform their normal function, you recruit alternative muscles to perform the activity of the compromised muscle. These secondary muscles can go on to develop trigger points themselves if you don't treat the original hypertonic muscle.

Dry Needling

Dry needling may assist with decreasing local muscular pain and improving function through the restoration of your muscle's ability to elongate and shorten. When your therapist inserts a fine filament needle into the centre of a myofascial trigger point, blood pools around the needle triggering the contracted muscle fibres to relax by providing those fibres with fresh oxygen and nutrients, as well as by flushing away any additional acidic chemicals. This reaction leads to the decompression of the local blood and nerve supply.

How Does Dry Needling Work?

The needle sites can be at the epicentre of taut, tender muscle bands, or they can be near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and supersensitive. Penetration of a healthy muscle is painless. But, a shortened, supersensitive muscle may 'grasp' the needle or trigger the muscle.Dry needling of the 'shortened' muscle band causes an immediate, palpable relaxation. The patient often experiences a sense of release and increased range of motion. When used in conjunction with motor control retraining and postural and movement behaviour retraining, the trigger point release obtained from dry needling can be long-lasting. The result is a stimulation of the stretch receptor within the muscle (muscle spindle), producing a reflex relaxation or lengthening response.

Dry Needling vs Trigger Point Injections

Researchers have studied trigger point injections using placebo saline and drug therapy. They have concluded that the only consistent factor is that the pain relief is from the stimulation of the needle used for the injection itself, rather than the drug or saline solution used. While the jury is probably still out on the effect of trigger point injections, it is perhaps fair to suggest that the mechanical needle stimulation of the trigger point without the use of a drug  (dry needling) does have a positive effect upon hyperstimulated trigger points. If you are interested in dry needling, most of our PhysioWorks Physiotherapists are dry needle trained.Trigger Point Massage Tools

Experience the Difference!

Have you ever experienced a lousy massage. wondered about the massage quality you could receive. or if it's actually legitimate?Yes, there's a huge difference between people claiming to be "massage therapists" and exactly what service you'll receive when you get there. That's why at PhysioWorks, we only engage the services of tertiary qualified remedial massage therapists with a minimum of three years full-time training.Their training guarantees you'll receive a far more beneficial massage than a simple skin rub!

What Massage Styles Does PhysioWorks Offer?

Our registered remedial massage therapists perform a broad range of specialised massage styles and techniques that include deep tissue, sports massage, acupressure, Swedish, cross-fibre, trigger point therapy, relaxation, aromatherapy and more.You'll benefit from their experience and training to perform the most appropriate massage specifically for you and your condition. Of course, they'll ask you what style you'd prefer. We wouldn't want to give you a firm sports massage if all you wanted was some tender loving care.It's Easy to Relax, Rehabilitate or Rejuvenate with a PhysioWorks Massage.Please call us if you think you'd benefit from a fantastic massage. Gift vouchers and private health insurance rebates are also available.Experienced? You Bet!

Private Health Insurance Rebates Available

A fantastic PhysioWorks massage may be more affordable than you think. Your private health insurance usually pays for the majority of your massage, leaving you with only a few dollars to pay for the gap. For more details please contact your nearest PhysioWorks Massage Clinic.

Massage Gift Vouchers Available

Do you know someone who'll benefit from the magical hands of a PhysioWorks Massage Therapist?A massage is a great idea for birthdays, anniversaries or those just in need of a little pampering. Phone our Receptionist to arrange your gift voucher now or Purchase a Massage Gift Voucher Online.

Private Health Insurance Rebates

PhysioWorks Physiotherapy and Remedial Massage are more affordable than you think. Your Private Health Insurance (PHI) usually pays for the majority of your treatment fees, leaving you with only a small gap payment.

However, Private Health Funds do vary their rebates payable depending upon the level of cover that you have taken. Some funds have kept up with the costs of modern medicine whereas, sadly others haven't, with rebates similar to what they were a decade ago.

HICAPS - Instant Health Fund Claims


Most health funds are members of the HICAPS instant claims system.  Swipe your health insurance card at our reception counter, and you can instantly claim your physiotherapy treatment via our online Hicaps System. Remedial Massage is claimable via Hicaps for some but not all funds. For more information, please visit Hicaps for the latest funds which can use their instant claiming system.

Private health insurance rebates are available for all of our physiotherapists. Instant claims are possible via our in-practice Hicaps system.

Third-Party Insurers

PhysioWorks practitioners are registered providers for government, Workcover and insurance companies including:

  • Workcover
  • InjuryNet
  • Australia Post; Coles Myer; Woolworths
  • Medicare
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • CTP & Sports Insurers

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