Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic Massage

What is Therapeutic Massage?

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage seeks to obtain a therapeutic benefit. While therapeutic massage is often relaxing, the end goal of the session or series of sessions is not relaxation.

Therapeutic goals can vary considerably between massage therapists and clients. In some cases, massage is recommended by a health professional and may be performed as part of a larger treatment plan. For example, someone attending physiotherapy for an injury might have a regular therapeutic massage to loosen muscles, improve muscle tone, and increase their flexibility. Likewise, therapeutic massage can be used to supplement wound care, cancer care, and a variety of other treatments.

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

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

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

How Does a Therapeutic Massage Help You?

Therapeutic Massage is a combination of Relaxation Massage and Remedial Massage to not only relax your whole body but at the same time, work through some of the muscle issues or “tight spots” you may be experiencing.

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 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.

What Conditions Benefit from a Therapeutic Massage?

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

Therapeutic massage benefits the following conditions:

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

When are the Best Times for a Therapeutic Massage?

The best time for a therapeutic massage is when you feel yourself getting worked up or when you are just not feeling your best.

Others find a regular therapeutic massage every month or two to be a great dose of prevention therapy. We even have some highly stressed patients who have weekly massages just to cope with daily life.

What Duration is the Best Therapeutic Massage?

If you have never had a therapeutic massage before or it has been quite some time since your last massage then your initial treatment should ideally be for 60 to 90 minutes so that the therapist can work through those tired 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 muscles.

What Massage Frequency Works Best?

Everyone needs differ depending on your lifestyle. As a guide, regular therapeutic massages work best when on a 4 to 6-week basis. This is because your muscles need to keep relaxed and moving through their full available range. Otherwise, they become “creatures of habit”. If tense is how they are most often, that’s what they will consider normal. And… we all know what that leads to… tight muscles, stress, and pain!

For optimal results and less potential for muscle soreness the day post-massage, having a regular massage will keep your body from not only reacting to the positive change we are trying to provide, but it can also retrain your body to help itself and provide you with a better healthier you.

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

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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, simply 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 muscle. 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 just 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 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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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 their wonders on your body during a consultation.

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 in different ways 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 that covers and connects 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".

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 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 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.

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?

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 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 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 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. More info: Sports Recovery Massage Sports Massage DOMS - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Muscle Injuries

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Massage FAQs

Article by P.Xu

As we slowly start getting into the cooler seasons, many people will begin to notice sore joints waking up in the morning, or that movement has become stiff, or even headaches increasing in frequency or severity. Why is this? It turns out that cold weather can have a significant impact on your body’s tissues. Notably, the connective tissue gives our muscles and joints the ability to move as they do, called elastin. As the name suggests, elastin is one of the critical components that provide our joints and muscles with the ability to bend, stretch, and move as they need to get you through the day.
Now, imagine putting a rubber band in the freezer for a few hours. You take it out and then stretch it as hard as you can without warming it up. It’s either not going to stretch as well as it should or break in two. Elastin shares these properties. Under cold temperatures, the tissue cannot stretch or bend as well as it is supposed to, causing stiffness or soreness. Coupled with a few other common changes in the cold, vasoconstriction causes a decrease in your blood circulation. Plus, the tendency to stay home and not move our body makes many of us unaccustomed to cooler temperatures feel the full brunt of these effects moving forward. The good news is, it’s a relatively easy fix. Stay warm. If you’re planning on exercising, make sure to perform a dynamic warm-up to decrease the risk of injury, rather than pushing a cold muscle past its limit (remember the rubber band). If a joint feels stiff in the morning, remedy this with a heat pack or a hot shower. If you suspect your headache cause is the cold, slap on a beanie. This head-warming has the added benefit of hiding a bad hair day. Another excellent fix is getting a massage. Soft tissue therapy such as massage excels at combating several things caused by the cold. The physical act of heating a muscle or joint with friction provides warmth to deep tissues that a heat pack may not reach, allowing the elastin to function as it should. Trigger point work into deep muscle fibres may also bring longer-lasting relief than superficial heat therapy or static stretching. If you’re prone to feeling the cold effects, massage therapy may be the fix that you have been looking for if you want to achieve long-lasting relief from stiff or sore joints and muscles this winter.

Acupressure

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 aims to stimulate, disperse and balance the flow of energy, relieve pain, and treat various 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.

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What is a Trigger Point?

Doctors' 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.

What Causes a Trigger Point?

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 many varying substances, including saline (saltwater) placebo.

How Do You Release a Trigger Point?

Trigger Point Therapy is a form of Remedial Massage Therapy. Direct pressure is applied to specified points on tender muscle tissue to reduce 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 compromised muscle activity. These secondary muscles can develop trigger points themselves if you don't treat the original hypertonic muscle.

Dry Needling

Dry needling may help decrease local muscular pain and improve function by restoring 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 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 needle's stimulation for the infusion 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 trigger point's mechanical needle stimulation 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. More info: Dry Needling Acupuncture Trigger Point Massage Trigger Point Massage Tools

Experience the PhysioWorks Massage Difference!

Have you ever experienced a lousy massage? Wondered about the massage quality you could receive, or if it's a legitimate massage service? Yes, there's a vast difference between people claiming to be "massage therapists" and precisely 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 of 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. Their specific massage techniques may include deep tissue, sports massage, acupressure, Swedish, cross-fibre, trigger point therapy, relaxation, 0r more. You'll benefit from their experience and training to perform the most appropriate massage specifically for you and your condition. Of course, your caring therapist will 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.

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Massage Gift Vouchers Available

Do you know someone who'll benefit from the magical hands of a PhysioWorks Massage Therapist? A massage is an excellent 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.

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Guaranteed Massage Relief!

If you've never had the pleasure of a quality professional massage, PhysioWorks is providing you with an excellent opportunity to have a risk-free massage. It's our PhysioWorks Massage Guarantee. "If you are not completely satisfied within the first 30 minutes of your massage, you're free to leave then and there and not pay a cent." It's as simple at that! Actions speak louder than words: Let our hands do the talking. We know that you'll be impressed or it's FREE!

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.

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. To meet the demand for more oxygen and nutrients, one improvement is the increase in blood vessels to the muscles. 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 Massage?

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.

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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