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REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPY
We have 2 female therapists with full Australian qualifications in our clinic who consistently receive high recommendations for the quality of their massage. Our high quality remedial massage therapists are registered for HICAPS and so you can get your private health insurance rebates instantly on our HICAPS machine.
Regular remedial massage therapy is beneficial for maintaining the wellness of the body and working towards optimal health.
Remedial massage uses specific techniques to stretch and lengthen connective tissue and muscles, reduces pain and discomfort, bringing wellness and a sense of relaxation and mobility to the client.
In remedial massage therapy, the best practitioners are trained to perform a treatment using not only observation and assessment skills but also tactile feeling hands skills to direct the individual treatment for a client.
Modern studies have shown that remedial massage can be used to assist a variety of disorders including:
- back pain
- chronic pain
- insomnia and
- high blood pressure.
Remedial massage works with the soft tissue of the body which improves function of the joints and muscles as well as benefiting the nerve and organ functions and tissue repair. Other benefits of good quality remedial massage therapy include:
- Physical relaxation/ Encourages deep relaxation and calm
- Stretching of the ligaments and tendons
- Improved circulation, which improves metabolic waste elimination eg lactic acid, uric acid and metabolic wastes
- Relieves tight muscles (knots) as well as other aches and pains
- Keeps ligaments and tendons subtle and “young”
- Releases nerve compression (sciatica, carpal tunnel)
- Shortens recovery time from muscular strain
- Increases flexibility and range of motion
- Relieves mental and physical fatigue resulting in enhanced energy
- Specific clinical advantages to assist in a medical, rehabilitation or remedial therapy program.
- Reduces levels of stress hormones eg adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine
- Prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neuro-transmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing
- Relaxes the nervous system and the mind
- Enhances oxygenation of the brain
- Breaks down and eliminates toxins
SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports massage therapy, Sydney therapists agree, should play an important part in the life of any sportsperson whether they have a sports injury or not. Massage has physical, physiological and psychological benefits.
Sports massage therapy can help maintain the body in a generally better condition, prevent injuries and loss of mobility, restore mobility to injured muscle tissues, boost performance and extend the overall life of your sporting career.
Physical effects of massage:
Pumping – The stroking movements in massage suck fluid through blood vessels and lymph vessels. By increasing the pressure in front of the stroke, a vacuum is created behind. This is especially important in tight or damaged muscle tissue as a tight muscle will squeeze blood out like a sponge, depriving the tissues of vital nutrients and energy to repair.
Increased tissue permeability – Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling fluids and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker.
Stretching – Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibres are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up.
Break down scar tissue – Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can effect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain.
Improve tissue elasticity – Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic. This is one reason why hard training may not result in improvements. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues.
Opens micro-circulation – Massage does increase blood flow to tissues, but so does exercise. What massage also does is open or dilate the blood vessels and by stretching them this enables nutrients to pass through more easily.
Physiological effects of sports massage:
Pain reduction – Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the bodies endorphins.
Relaxation – Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Mechanoreceptors which sense touch, pressure, tissue length and warmth are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.
Psychological effects of massage:
Anxiety reduction – through the effects mentioned above relaxation is induced and so reduces anxiety levels.
Invigorating – if massage is done with brisk movements such as what would be done before an event then this can produces an invigorating feeling.
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