Massage is mainly used as a complementary treatment to regular physiotherapy treatments. Many people find massage immediately calming and relaxing. This is most likely because massage reduces levels of cortisol (a stress inducing hormone) while increasing other hormones (including dopamine and serotonin) which have a positive effect on wellbeing. Another benefit of massage is that it eases and stabilizes the muscles, which in turn can improve problems such as headaches, abdominal pain, low back pain and sciatic pain.
Research shows that massage can help with:
- Strains or soft tissue injuries
- Back pain
- Depression and anxiety
- Digestive disorders
Many types of massage are available in Australia. Some of the most popular include:
– Pregnancy: This is used to reduce stress, swelling, muscle and joint pain that sometimes appear during pregnancy.
– Remedial: This is used to treat damaged or painful muscles, tendons, ligaments or connective tissues. Massage aids the body’s healing and helps to restore function.
– Sports: Developed to help athletes in training, sports massage increases flexibility and prevents injuries. It is also used after an injury or strain.
– Neuromuscular therapy: Problem areas are manipulated to treat chronic pain, tender muscles, circulation, trapped nerves, problems with posture or injuries caused by repetitive movements.
– Deep tissue: Slow strokes are used to put pressure on muscles or tendons deep under the skin. This helps with specific trouble spots such as muscle injuries or back sprains.
– Trigger point massage: Focuses on locating muscle knots (trigger sites) caused by acute, sustained and repetitive muscle overloads and applying direct pressure for symptom relief.
– Swedish massage: The use of five specialised gentle techniques that target the upper layers of muscles to relieve tension, relax the body and increase flexibility.
– Reflexology: The therapist uses hands, fingers and thumbs to stimulate certain areas of the feet.
– Hot stone: The therapist places warm stones on certain parts of the body to soothe and relax muscles.
At Yves Silveira Physiotherapy, we offer remedial massages in one of our treatment rooms where we also have nice smelling incense and relaxing music to completely calm you (and that stress response) down, and aid the body’s healing function. Remedial massage can stimulate the blood supply, make joints more mobile, and help to repair damaged tissues. Here’s a top 5 benefits of remedial massage:
1. It reduces stress
Remedial massage has been found to reduce both physical and emotional stress by affecting neurohormones that regulate behaviour and emotions including elevating endorphins (the bodies ‘feel-good’ hormones) and decreasing cortisol levels (a hormone the body releases in response to stress and pain). This produces a number of mood-enhancing benefits and can have positive flow-on effects such as reducing depression and anxiety, improving sleep and concentration, and boosting energy levels.
2. It boosts immunity
Remedial massage has been found to stimulate natural killer cells (which fight off invading cells), improve lymphatic drainage (which assists the body’s detoxification as part of general health maintenance), boost lymphocytes (the white blood cells which help defend our bodies from disease) and lower levels of cytokines (the molecules that play a role in inflammation). This boosts the effectiveness of the body’s immune system, helping it to fight off disease.
3. It corrects postural issues
Many of us spend a large part of our day sitting, which leads to postural stress that tends to manifest in our neck, shoulders and lower back. By assessing and monitoring individual clients, remedial massage therapists* can design customised treatment plans that address such postural issues. Using techniques that lengthen and stretch the muscles and relieve tension, remedial massage therapists* help to balance and realign the body, improving our posture and counteracting the negative effects of sitting for prolonged periods.
4. It increases joint mobility and flexibility
Many people suffering from acute and chronic conditions and physical disabilities such as back and shoulder pain, arthritis, cerebral palsy, sciatica and general muscle overuse experience stiffness, discomfort, reduced flexibility and movement difficulties. This reduced range of movement is often caused by muscle tension around the joints. Remedial massage therapists can use a number of stretching and mobilisation techniques that help improve circulation, loosen muscles and ease tension. This not only helps reduce pain and stiffness but also increases joint strength, stability, mobility and flexibility.
5. It improves sleep and concentration
The quality and quantity of our sleep are vital for healthy functioning. However, most of us do not get enough sleep or experience sleep issues such as insomnia, which has detrimental effects on our physical and mental health. This can include us experiencing problems with concentration and decision-making, fatigue, slowed reaction times and irritability. By relaxing the body, reducing muscle tension, improving circulation and reducing stress, remedial massage can effectively and naturally promote a good night’s sleep, helping to increase mental clarity and alertness.
(source: Australian College of Fitness & Bodywork)
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*Please note that, at YSP, we are not professional remedial massage therapists, we are a team of professional physiotherapists that offer remedial massages to complement regular physiotherapy treatments.
**If you have private health insurance, you may also receive up to a 30% rebate on massage therapy. Check with your private health insurance provider for details.