What is Clinical Massage?
Clinical massage therapy is a form of massage therapy focusing in medical issues and pain relief.
Clinical massage therapy is one of more than 80 different modalities, or types of massage, which use touch to manipulate soft tissues throughout the human body. Other modalities include reflexology, deep-tissue massage, acupressure, neuromuscular massage and sports massage. Patients seek massage therapists for a number of reasons, including decompressing tired muscles, reducing stress and supporting general health. Clinical massage therapy uniquely focuses on medical applications of massage therapy for rehabilitating injuries and treating pain and other physical conditions.
Clinical massage therapy focuses on treatment of soft tissue to maintain, develop, augment or rehabilitate the patient’s physical function. Clinical massage therapy can promote healing, increase metabolism, improve circulation and enhance joint and muscle function.
Clinical massage therapists learn to employ multiple specialized techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release and Swedish massage. Trigger Point Therapy works with spots of tenderness within a muscle, to relieve pain and dysfunction. Myofascial release is meant to help a patient with his or her restricted body motion, using massage techniques to relax muscles and then increase circulation.
Swedish massage, one of the best-known massage modalities, uses gliding strokes on the human body, called effleurage. A massage therapist also uses kneading, friction, tapping and stretching during this massage form.
How can Clinical Massage help you?
Treatments can help to:
- Relieve pain
- Reduce neck/back pain and dysfunction
- Reduce muscle spasm
- Recover from sports injuries
- Rehabilitate from orthopaedic injuries and surgery
- Stimulate the immune system
- Reduce fatigue
- Improve circulation
- Improve flexibility
- Reduce stress
- Alleviate sleep disorders
Therapeutic Soft Tissue Massage
Ideal for general tension release with the therapist working from level 1 to 4 using oils although different from aromatherapy massage which is more superficial (level 2). There is no clicking or manipulation of the spine. This massage may be combined with the other types of massage depending on the prescription of the Osteopaths.
Frequency: every 10 to 14 days
Deep Soft Tissue Release
A hard massage does not mean a painful massage. Our therapist has extensive clinical experience and a complete knowledge of anatomy. The therapist will – going from level 1 to 5 - gradually soften the layers of muscles and work more specifically to your problem areas. Old problems respond very well with this type of massage giving relief to those aches and pains other therapists could not find. Persistent deep muscle tension can be relieved when combined with Osteopathic Manipulation.
Frequency: once every 5 to 7 days.
Recovering from injuries takes time to resolve; eagerness to return to activities may result in more damage. This type of massage is excellent in the recovery of muscle/ ligament or tendon injuries. The therapist will work by softening muscles (Level 1-4) along with stretching and repetitive muscle release.
Frequency: every 3 to 6 days
Stress Release Massage
Those longing for tension release from long hours of work or recent emotional upheaval will respond well to this type of massage. Specific release will involve mainly the neck/shoulder girdle, back of the neck, temporals, scalp, lower back and the middle spine.
Frequency: every 5-7 days
Ideal for relieving sports related injuries from running, swimming or racquet sports. This massage combines all of the other types of massages depending on your injury. Combined with the osteopathic consultation, a program can be tailored to your needs. No amount of stretching can relieve deep muscles but this type of massage gets to these areas more specifically.
What is Clinical massage?
Sports massage is the specific application of systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes.
How does Clinical massage differ from other types of massage?
It is anatomy-based and employs various massage techniques to release trigger points (knots), relieve delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), reduce muscle tightness, enhance recovery, and prevent injuries. It is often an integral part of injury management
What are the benefits of Clinical massage?
To release stubborn knots, relieve delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), reduce muscle tightness, enhance recovery and prevent future injuries.
Can Clinical massage support Pilates exercises?
Most definitely, sports massage helps by warming up the various muscles and joints. Muscles that are properly massaged and stretched possess the ability to generate more power because of greater elasticity, which translates to its ability to absorb more force when perform Pilate exercises, resulting in lower risk of injury.
How often should people have a Clinical massage?
For the general public, sports massage can be done once every two weeks to once a month. Athletes, however, should include sports massage as part of their recovery and injury-prevention strategy. During the intensive training phase, it is common for athletes to have a sports massage two to three times a week. This can be reduced to weekly or fortnightly during the off-season or lighter training periods.
How many sessions will it take to feel and notice a difference?
It depends on individual’s healing progress and health care, many people can feel the difference right after their first session. Usually it will take at least two to three sessions to notice significant improvement.
Benefits of Clinical massage
- releases knots
- relieves delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
- enhances muscle recovery
- prevents future injuries
- supports Pilates exercises etc.