Massage in Southampton with PhysioCraft
Massage is associated with deep relaxation, improved well-being or the release of muscle tension. Massage is the manipulation of tissue through various techniques: pressure, kneading, stroking, rubbing and tapping. Through the help of the therapist’s hands, it acts on the body to induce a physiological reaction.
The benefits of massage are:
- Blood circulation improvement
- Oxygenation of the body
- Improvement of lymph flow (reduces swelling) and outflow of venous blood
- Aids in digestion and excretion
- Skin nourishment
- Supporting the regeneration of the body
- Acceleration of metabolism
- Stimulating muscles to contract, improving their tone and increasing their ability to work
- Increasing flexibility and mobility of joints
- Calming or stimulating effect on the nervous system, depending on the effect we want to achieve
There are the following forms of massage: therapeutic (classic, segmental), lymphatic drainage, myofascial relaxation, work on trigger points.
When coming to the procedure, the patient has to inform the therapist about their allergies or medications, e.g. painkillers or anticoagulants. The physiotherapist will also notify you about any contraindications to massage.
It is important to remember that massage is a good tool for short-term relief of symptoms such as pain, but it does not necessarily work for the cause when the patient has a chronic problem with a particular part of the body. It is a good move for the physiotherapist to examine the patient, make a diagnosis, and adapt the rehabilitation program to the problem by giving recommendations, home exercises, and performing manual or Kinesio-taping therapy.
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What You Should Know Before Your Visit
When reporting to sessions, we must know that:
- After the treatment, you may feel an apparent deterioration for about three days
- There should be no bruises
- The therapist only works up to the patient’s pain limits
- After the therapy, you need to rest for 15-20 minutes
- It is vital to stay hydrated (drink a glass of water)
- Do not allow the body to cool down (wear an additional layer of clothing)
In 2017, W. G. Elder et al. conducted a study to assess the improvement in pain and disability after 10 massage sessions with an interval of 12 and 24 weeks. It was determined that physical and mental pain decreased by approximately 50% after 12 weeks and approximately 40% after 24 weeks. The assessment of the scale of disability was still improved by approximately 75% after 24 weeks.
In 2020 Shasha Hu et al. provided data showing that massage effectively reduces discomfort and improves the quality of life of people with restless legs syndrome (RLS).
Research conducted in 2017 by A.F. Morask et al. showed improvement in pain threshold (PPT) after 12 trigger point massages (MTrPs) in tension headaches.
Indications and contraindications for massage
The indications for massage, regardless of whether it will be classical, Thai or any other type of massage, are very extensive. It should be performed for orthopedic injuries such as sprains, sprains, bruises and fractures, as well as for spinal deformities. The use of the appropriate type of massage also helps in conditions after a stroke, muscle contracture and other types of paralysis. You can also go for this type of treatment in the form of relaxation and prophylactically in order to relieve muscle tension. A well-qualified masseur is able to perform an effective treatment, which, among others, will relax the body, improve blood circulation and reduce pain. Contraindication to the therapeutic massage are varicose veins and skin inflammation, pregnancy or menstruation, skin changes and arterial hypertension.
The use of various massage techniques is very often used in physiotherapy. They are used not only by athletes, but also by people living under constant stress and struggling with various painful ailments of joints and muscles. It is worth repeating this procedure several times a week to reduce muscle tension and thus improve the quality of your life.
If you are looking for a physiotherapist who will bring you pain relief and make you feel more relaxed, please contact me. I offer various massage techniques that will increase the comfort of your life and significantly improve your well-being.