Massage is a physiotherapy treatment using different types of physical contact which aims to relax, revive and heal the body. Using manual hands-on movements and manipulation of the soft tissues and muscles in the body, massage therapy works to promote healing and enhance a person’s overall well-being. There are many different forms of massage therapy which can be used to treat different fundamental categories: rehabilitative massage and relaxation massage.
When we consider rehabilitation the two main approaches which people are familiar with are deep tissue massage and sports massage.
The normal daily function keeps your body working smoothly and well nutrition but if you suffer an injury or develop disease or postural troubles, joint stiffness and muscle tightness can be either an underlying predisposing cause or a secondary result of the injury or dysfunction. Either way, restoring normal movement is essential in regaining full function and preventing future trouble. In some cases, pain and inflammation accompany joint stiffness. This may make walking, standing, or putting weight on your joints painful. In more severe situations, stiff joints may impact a person’s mobility.
Some factors that may cause joint stiffness include:
Massage is a treatment which aims to relax, revive and heal the body and is the application of touch or force to soft tissue such as muscles, tendons or ligaments without causing movement or change of joint position to relieve pain and tension. Clinical orthopaedic massage is done with the intent toward healing a specific musculoskeletal condition.
Mobilisations are joint based low-velocity technique that can be performed in various parts of the available range based on the desired effect. Mobilisation techniques are great for moving stiff joints to improve range and reduce pain via mechanical effects on the nerves. Joint mobilisations are graded I through to IV depending upon the range of the joint movement that the physiotherapist is working and the amount of pressure applied.
Manipulation involves twisting the joints to their extremities of range, following up with a sudden thrust. Using a manipulation treatment is often accompanied by a pop or a click which is the end result of a release of pressure in the joint, its very similar to someone cracking their knuckles. Manipulation is defined as a small- amplitude, high-velocity thrust technique — a rapid movement over which the patient has no control. For this reason, it is not appropriate for every condition and you Physiotherapist will advise you on the safety and likely effectiveness of this treatment for your condition.
Your Physiotherapist will be able to discuss the benefits of which grade and position would be most effective for you
There are various techniques to treat soft tissue dysfunction and injury, ranging from gentle pain-relieving, relaxing massages to more vigorous, stimulating sport massage. This can be combined with joint techniques to offer a great all-round flexibility and pain relief gains and step closer to regaining normal pain-free function
Sports massage is a firm deep tissue massage therapy which is the most effective therapy for treating muscular pain, tension and for putting your body in balanceSports Massage
Joint mobilisation techniques focus on attaining a normal range of pain-free joint motion.Mobilisations
TENS is an abbreviation of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. A Tens machine may assist in modest short-term pain relief. Ultrasound aids tissue healing for soft tissue injuriesElectrotherapy
the use of taping and strapping techniques to aid both the treatment and prevention of injurySports taping
Rehabilitation is the process to regain full function following injury. This involves restoring strength, flexibility, endurance and power and is achieved through various exercises and drillsExercise Rehabilitation
An exercise programme that aims to improve stabilisation and support to the spine. This is achieved by re-training specific trunk muscles, which may be under usedCore Strength
Treatment for a sports injury will depend on factors such as how severe the injury is and the part of your body affected.Sports Injuries
Upper back and neck pain can stop you in your tracks, making it difficult to go about your typical day.Back Pain
The most common soft tissues injured are muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These injuries often occur during sports and exercise activities, but sometimes simple everyday activities can cause an injury.Strains and Sprains
A fracture is when a bone has been broken. A dislocation is where a bone has been displaced from its normal position at a joint.Fractures
Whiplash is a term that describes a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sidewaysWhiplash Symptoms
A Headache is a pain in any region of the head. Headaches can occur on one or both sides of the head, or be isolated to a certain location. A headache may be a sharp pain, throbbing sensation or dull acheHeadaches
is a pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, often owing to degeneration of an inter-vertebral disc.Sciatica
Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with ageArthritis
a condition in which the prolonged performance of repetitive actions, typically with the hands, causes pain or impairment of function in the tendons and muscles involvedRSI