WHAT IS CLINICAL MASSAGE?
Clinical Massage is a method of massage therapy using a combination of techniques to achieve a specific outcome. That maybe an increase in range of movement, reduction in pain, improved posture and therefore state of mind. This type of treatment is tailored to you.
HOW DOES CLINICAL MASSAGE DIFFER FROM SPORTS MASSAGE?
Many of the techniques used in clinical massage are the similar as those used in sports massage, but they are applied to a less active patient. Massage does not need to be too painful to be effective; the concept of a ‘good pain’ applies to clinical massage where the source of pain is addressed slowly and sensitively, working with the patient who is always in control. Some areas maybe painful if the body is being released but the therapist will work with you and talk you through the why and only go to a level you find acceptable.
Clinical massage also emphasises self-care. The therapist will discuss lifestyle issues if appropriate or teach the patient to do exercises or relaxation techniques at home to ensure that they are fully involved and in control of their recovery.
There are many techniques including Remedial/Deep Tissue Massage that are combined to create the most effective treatment for your condition. Some of these are:
- Deep Tissue – cross-fibre friction or static pressure using thumbs, fingers, forearms or elbows is applied specifically to areas of muscle that are restricted to release the tissue, enabling it to resume its full length and functionality.
- Myofascial Release – Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds all fibres, nerves, blood vessels and structures of the body. Adhesions and restrictions in fascia cause pain and dysfunction of muscles and joints and releasing the fascia enables the therapist to work deeper and effectively.
- Trigger Point Release – Trigger points are constricted areas in a muscle that are tender to touch and produce a referral in pain. Locating and releasing these points are done through a combination of deep tissue work and myofascial release.
- Acupressure – Acupressure points are located all over the body and are used in eastern medical practice to treat many pain conditions and illness. Knowledge of these points help a clinical massage therapist to treat many conditions more effectively.
- Stretching – Stretches help to return muscles to their full length and flexibility. Stretching may be passive where the therapist does the work, or may require resistance or co-operation.
The best combination of treatments to help you will be decided once your medical consultation is done