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.
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.