What Is Massage?
Massage is a healing treatment that can utilise all pressures onto muscles. It can be Gentle or Firm, Shallow or Deep depending on your tolerance. When pain is present or there is muscle or tendon damage – muscles become impaired, shortened, knotted or tense, remedial massage provides an effective healing treatment to assist in alleviating these.
Massage is used to alleviate the symptoms as well as assist in healing the disorder – it works great in conjunction with Physiotherapy treatment for ailments and suitable Podiatry treatments for specified injury.
If you haven’t ever experienced a quality massage, we highly recommend it! The benefits you will experience are fantastic for both physical and mental wellness!
Benefits Of Massage
Whilst massage therapy looks at working towards a specific goal or outcome for the client, these outcomes can be extensive for an individual treatment. Massage therapy has been used for years to help alleviate stress and improve relaxation. It helps by decreasing your bodies cortisol levels and regulating hormones. Massage can increase serotonin and dopamine levels, helping improve energy, sleeping patterns and mood. This can assist with mental health conditions like stress, anxiety and depression.
Massage assists in increasing blood flow and circulation throughout the body. This can help regulate heart rate, respiratory rate and decrease blood pressure. With increased circulation means a richer blood supply to working or injured muscles. It can reduce inflammation through stimulating the lymphatic system and assisting fluid movement, allowing for quicker recovery from soft tissue injuries and tissue regeneration.
Not only does it provide relief from tired, sore muscles, massage improves overall muscle flexibility and mobility through lengthening of the muscle fibres. This helps to increase the range of movement through the joints, allowing more efficiency in fitness, training and day-to-day life. Increased range of movement leads to postural improvements that can assist other physiological conditions. Massage helps reduce muscle cramping, spasming and decreases the likelihood of future soft tissue injuries, allowing a higher level of fitness to be achieved.
What Conditions can Benefit from Massage?
How Does a Massage Help You?
As well as assisting in the treatment of the above conditions, remedial massage has a positive impact on the following various systems of your body.
Circulatory and Lymphatic Systems Effects Massage
- Encourages Blood flow to tissue
- Stimulates the Circulatory System
These two systems work together and massage assists in reducing pain and swelling through increasing lymphatic flow and activity.
Muscular System Effects from a Massage
- Stretching of tight muscles or overused muscles
- Relaxation and release of overused muscles
- Reducing Spasm and muscular cramping
- Assists in tissue regeneration and healing
Endocrine/Hormonal Effects from Massage
Massage can promote a decrease in cortisol, which is produced when we experience pain and stress. Massage also promotes an increased level of serotonin and dopamine, which improves your mood, relaxation, and assists in relieving pain. This can also have a follow-on effect by reducing anxiety while enhancing sleep, concentration and energy levels.
Effects on your Joints from Massage
Remedial massage can increase joint range of motion and assist in increasing joint strength and stabilisation. It does this by reducing tension in the surrounding muscle tissue fibers. This assists with freedom of range of movement at and around the joint.
What`s the Best Timing for Massage?
Massage for chronic, long-standing conditions can be performed at any time. Ideally, your massage should have an appropriate treatment schedule to promote mobility and improved function and to reduce the discomfort from painful, problematic areas.
For acute or recent injuries, remedial massage can indicated 3-5 days following an injury and after rest and ice therapy has been performed to reduce and minimise any inflammation and swelling. If you have an acute injury it may be more beneficial to consult one of our Physiotherapists or Podiatrists for assessment prior to any remedial treatment.
How Often Should I Have a Massage and How Long For?
Like many aspects to life, consistency is key! You are going to gain the most benefit from your massages by having them regularly. Whist one massage will provide you with short term benefits and relief, it isn’t uncommon to not experience long-lasting effects from a single treatment. Regular massages can provide longer-lasting benefits and can help assist chronic conditions.
For individuals with high activity, aggravators or stress levels, weekly or fortnightly treatments will be most beneficial. While general maintenance looks at treatments every 4-6 weeks to allow for an optimal level of functioning. This will differ amongst clients as lifestyle, schedules and physical requirements are all factors that must be considered when booking in at Inertia.
We offer 30-minute, 45-minute, 60-minute and 90-minute treatment times. Duration and types of techniques used in your massage treatment will be discussed upon initial consultation. You can take assurance at Inertia your remedial massage treatment will be tailored to best suit your needs and requirements.
There are a variety of different massage techniques that massage therapists will use to assist in achieving the goals of alleviating your muscular aches and pains.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are areas in muscles that have become hypersensitive and often contracted to form small “knots” in the muscle. These little guys can be quite sensitive to touch and can be sources of pain. When these knots or trigger points are present the muscle has often shortened and become dysfunctional, this can lead to further more severe injury if left untreated. Often trigger points will refer pain to other areas of the body or at times pain in certain areas can be due to trigger points in muscles in corresponding areas. This is called referred pain. Treatment of these areas involves a deep sustained pressure on the trigger points and stretching of the muscles, heat can also be assistive.
This form of massage is more tailored to sporting injuries and ailments, sports massage, however, is not limited to professional sporting but anyone that is active. Sports massage is not meant to be relaxing it can use different strokes, pressures and can be quite vigorous at times. Sports Massage is a technique that can be utilised both pre event to enhance performance and post-event or competition massage to aid recovery. Sports massage is designed to prevent and relieve injuries associated with exercise and training, it helps increase endurance and performance whilst at the same time reducing recovery time.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage has a key focus on the deeper layers of muscle fibres, and is performed by using specific compression and friction strokes along the muscle to loosen up muscle tension. This form of massage therapy is great at releasing toxins from the muscle tissue, encouraging blood and oxygen to circulate. Deep tissue massage also can be used for myofascial release and has a both corrective and therapeutic effect and can be used for a variety of sports injuries and a lot of muscular pain conditions.
Remedial Massage consists of specialised techniques to locate and repair local muscle tissue damage as well as using the body’s own systems to assist in repair mechanisms. These massage treatments are individualised to each client and can be gentle, firm or strong, deep or shallower to achieve the desired result.
Swedish / Relaxation Massage
Swedish massage and relaxation massage involves a series of varying techniques to apply pressure to muscles in the direction of flow of blood returning to the heart. It is relaxing and invigorating and is used to encourage the release of toxins from the muscles. It is beneficial in dealing with stress, both emotional and physical and can be utilised as part of an ongoing maintenance program for everyone.
Numerous stretching techniques have been developed to enhance massage therapy and produce successful outcomes for clients. Active, passive and restricted stretches can help clients increase their tissue range of motion. Further isolated stretches or muscle energy techniques like PNF stretching and hold-relax stretches can assist neuromuscular inhibition, flexibility and mobility.
Myofascial release is a less invasive technique that doesn’t produce referral pain the same way as trigger points. With a focus on tension and pressure, myofascial release looks at returning the body as close as possible, back to a balanced and structured alignment. This allows for greater flexibility, increasing one’s range of motion. It helps lengthen contracted tissue, reduces fascial adhesions, decreases compartment pressure and helps to restore elasticity in the muscle.
Temperature Massage Therapies
Ice and heat therapy can be used in conjunction with other types of techniques in massage.
The use of heat or thermotherapy is primarily used to help pain relief and psychological relaxation. It accelerates tissue metabolism, increases vasodilation allowing more efficient blood flow and reduces viscosity of synovial fluid.
The use of ice massage, ice sprays or packs are sometimes used in trigger point therapy. It helps increase the range of movement through the joints, alleviates temporary pain and helps reduce inflammation in tissue.
Your Massage therapist will work with you to identify the best techniques to use on you in your massage to allow for the best results specific to you.
Can I use my Private Health Fund for Massage and Claim on the Spot at Inertia Health Group?
The short simple answer is yes! We have HICAPS claiming at our clinic & our massage therapists have undergone extra professional training diplomas which will allow you to utilise your private health funds to claim your massage on the spot. This will mean your health fund will cover a portion of the fee depending on what your individual health cover is, this will mean you have gap fee to be paid at the time of your consultation with the amount varying depending on you individual level of cover. If you are unsure we encourage that you check with your health fund prior to your appointment. You will also need to bring your health fund card with you to your appointment to be able to claim on the spot. If you do not have your private health card with you at the time of your consult that is not an issue! You will need to pay the full fee for you massage and our friendly admin team will issue you a receipt for you to claim online, over phone, or instore with your respective health fund.